The long road to National Signing Day finally comes to an end on Wednesday, when Brian Kelly will announce the members of Notre Dame’s 2013 class. The class of 22-to-25 signees, depending on final decisions on Wednesday, is expected to rank in the top five by most recruiting services.
Last year’s class was relatively low in quality and quantity, but the Irish did receive significant contributions from its members during its run to the BCS Championship Game. Cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive end Sheldon Day and wide receiver Chris Brown all were valuable parts of the 12-1 Irish.
Notre Dame’s 2013 class is much stronger than that of a year ago, and the Irish may receive even more immediate contributions from this group. Exactly how much will be based partially on need, but also on how each player fits into Notre Dame’s system.
Despite the Kelly offense at Cincinnati in 2009 looking far different than the one Notre Dame rode to a 12-0 regular season in 2012, Kelly still has certain skills that he look for in offensive prospects.
Let’s look at five Irish recruits who appear to be ideal fits for Kelly's offense.