Notre Dame’s 2013 football recruiting class is already loaded, but a victory over Alabama in the BCS Championship could result in it becoming even more stacked.
According to ESPN, Brian Kelly has pieced together the No. 1 class in the nation this year. The best can get better, however. Here are the most talented recruits who could be swayed by a Fighting Irish triumph.
4. CB L.J. Moore
Moore and the rest of the recruits on this list have already visited or scheduled visits to Notre Dame. Other schools that he’s visited include Texas Tech, Oregon State and he’ll visit Oklahoma on Jan. 11 (via ESPN).
But if the Irish’s No. 1-ranked defense shuts down the Crimson Tide in the national title, he won’t be able to resist joining the unit.
3. ATH Devin Lauderdale
Lauderdale is talented enough to play on either side of the football, but at 5’11”, 170 pounds, he’s probably more suited for offense. Notre Dame has a ton of young talent at wide receiver, but it could always use more, considering not a single one recorded at least 600 yards this season.
He won’t be motivated to join the Blue and Gold if Alabama’s defense shuts them down, but Everett Golson is unlikely to let that happen.
2. WR Sebastian LaRue
LaRue originally committed to USC, but he wisely decided to avoid joining the troubled program.
At 5’11”, 185 pounds, LaRue is built more for a spread offense than the Trojans’ West Coast attack anyway. And with Gunner Kiel patiently waiting to eventually take over for Golson, the wideout will eventually get to play catch with the No. 1 QB in the 2012 recruiting class.
1. DT Eddie Vanderdoes
Will ND land both former USC recruits?
Like LaRue, Vanderdoes also was originally a USC commit. If they both choose to sign with Notre Dame, it’ll heat up the bitter rivalry even further for the next few years.
ESPN ranked the 6’3”, 303-pound interior D-lineman as the second-best prospect in the state of California, fourth-best defensive tackle and 33rd-best prospect in the country. While the Irish would love to add all four prospects, Vanderdoes is so talented that he alone would solidify its recruiting class.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.