Notre Dame will be looking to national signing day to boost its recruiting class for next season. While other teams' classes will be made or broken by national signing day, anyone landed by the Fighting Irish will put the team over the edge.
Notre Dame will be looking to reload after its disappointment in the National Championship game. Its defense has a chance to be very strong once again, despite a little bit of turnover from the 2012 team.
Here are the final two recruits whom Notre Dame has a chance to bring in and add to its already highly regarded class.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT
Vanderdoes is Notre Dame's biggest priority on national signing day, as the Fighting Irish look to add the highly recruited defensive lineman. According to 247Sports, Vanderdoes is the sixth-ranked prospect overall and the top-ranked defensive tackle. He's considering USC, UCLA and Alabama in addition to Notre Dame.
Vanderdoes just visited Alabama and seemingly enjoyed his visit:
Man I love it out here in T-Town. Idk why everyone was saying I wouldn't love the South haha I fit in perfect here. #RTR— EV4™ (@EddieVanderdoes) February 2, 2013
Haha never a bad day having brunch at Coach Sabans house then getting to ride his Golf cart down to his lake #rtr— EV4™ (@EddieVanderdoes) February 2, 2013
Watching film with Coach Rumph of Marcell Dareus and I def can see the similarity in body type and how we play! Got me excited!— EV4™ (@EddieVanderdoes) February 3, 2013
"Coach Rumph" refers to Alabama's defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
With the way Alabama has recruited, it would be hard to see the team lose out on Vanderdoes. He would benefit from early playing time at Notre Dame, as its defensive line will have heavy turnaround next season. He's still in play for Notre Dame, but he seems to be slipping quickly.
Chances: Slightly Low
Kylie Fitts, DE
Notre Dame will look to add Fitts to its already strong class. According to 247Sports, Fitts is ranked as the 102nd overall prospect and the eighth-best strong-side defensive end. His ability and athleticism make him a highly sought-after prospect. He has a great motor and will look to get after it with every opportunity.
Fitts will decide between Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Utah. The one-time USC commit will make his decision today, according to his Twitter page:
I have decided not to go on espn.I will be announcing my college decision tomorrow at REV HS 7:00 P.M! Media will be allowed. Support ur boy— Kylie Fitts (@K_Fitts93) February 5, 2013
Notre Dame seems squarely still in the running for Fitts' services. It has a tough battle against some good schools, but its recent success could put it over the top.