Though the 2013 recruiting period ended on national signing day two weeks ago, the trials and tribulations of the 2014 cycle commenced long ago for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and his assistants.
A crucial facet of the recruiting game is establishing and developing relationships with prospects nationwide, and getting an early start on doing so is paramount, as witnessed by the number of offers doled out by the Irish coaching staff to 2014 prospects thus far.
By the time it's all said and done, the staff will have disseminated somewhere in the range of 150-200 offers, among those being the so-called gems of a class.
Who are the gems that the Irish have their eyes on in the 2014 class?
Let's have a look.