Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Players Who'll Make Biggest Impact with Irish

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports
Photo Credit: 247Sports

By all accounts, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are putting together a fantastic recruiting class. 

Things will likely change a bit during national signing day, but as it is, the Irish's 2013 recruiting class is ranked fifth in the nation by 247Sports' Composite Rankings and fourth in ESPN's rankings (membership required). 


Jaylon Smith, OLB, 6'3", 218 pounds

Jaylon Smith is definitely the prized possession of this class. He is ranked as the second-best recruit in 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

Smith has the frame and athleticism to excel at any of the linebacker positions. However, with his 4.44 speed (according to 247) his biggest potential is on the outside where he would be a force while rushing the passer.  

Smith will have to add some muscle and bulk to be elite at the college level, but he should have no problem doing that. 

He already has nice technique and instincts that will find him making an impact on plays from Day 1. 

Greg Bryant, RB, 5'11", 196 pounds

The Fighting Irish's backfield is going to be in good hands with Greg Bryant.

This young man has an ideal body for the position, and he will be a real workhorse for the Irish.

247Sports has him ranked as the sixth-best running back in this class. He has the strength to be a power runner, but he also has the moves that mean he doesn't have to be. 

He has great feet and is actually at his most dangerous in the open field. Bryant's shiftiness makes him hard to tackle. 

Bryant is headed for stardom at the college level. 


Hunter Bivin, OT, 6'7", 290 pounds

Hunter Bivin does not have the kind of athleticism that would lead to him being a in the NFL, but the guy has what it takes to be an outstanding college offensive lineman. 

He is the ninth-rated lineman in 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

Bivin has good footwork and technique, and he has the room on his frame to add solid mass.

Bivin's biggest strength is his attitude. He plays hard all the time and he knows how to finish off his blocks.

He will mature into the leader of Notre Dame's offensive line and his attitude will be infectious.