B/R's Final Rank: 3
247's Final Rank: 3
Rivals' Final Rank: 3
Team trending up or down after NSD: Up
Notre Dame started off the recruiting cycle on an extremely high note and hit its peak the night before the national championship game. Since then, though, the luster of Notre Dame's 2012 season has dulled, as has its hype on the recruiting trail.
That said, Brian Kelly's class is still extremely strong and is one of the best in the country. Five-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith is going to be a superstar, and running back Greg Bryant has the chance to be very good as well.
Overall, Kelly and his staff did a great job of filling needs and setting the program up for continued success.
Update: Notre Dame landed the commitment of 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, a former USC commitment. The addition of Vanderdoes has caused Notre Dame to move up ahead in our final rankings from No. 6 to No. 3 overall.
Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Mike Heuerman, Greg Bryant, Jaylon Smith, Max Redfield, Cole Luke, Durham Smythe, Michael Deeb, Eddie Vanderdoes