Notre Dame is going to be without some of its star players next spring. Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert, Braxton Cave, Theo Riddick and others will move on to the NFL, leaving the Fighting Irish without players who played seminal roles in their 2012 undefeated season.
With that kind of talent leaving, Brian Kelly needs to have some serious players waiting in the wings to replace them.
So who do the Irish have on deck for 2013?
There is no doubt most of these kids will redshirt, but let's take a look at the 2013 commits the Fighting Irish have on deck for the future. Keep in mind that nothing is set in stone until National Signing Day, February 6, 2013, but with solid verbal commits from two 5-star, 13 4-star, and six 3-star recruits (via rivals.com), the Irish poised to continue the success of 2012.
Let's meet the top five.