Despite an unsavory final result, there's no doubt that Notre Dame's appearance in last season's BCS National Championship Game paid dividends on the recruiting trail.
While the Notre Dame brand always possesses the power to attract top-flight recruits, the Irish are able to attract droves of those prospects when they are winning consistently, as they have under fourth-year head coach Brian Kelly—his program is 19-3 in its past 22 games.
Whether Notre Dame assembles as highly esteemed of a class it did last season remains to be seen, but it's in good standing with a bevy of the nation's most coveted prospects, making a repeat recruiting performance a legitimate possibility.
Aside from the current 17 members of Notre Dame's class, which other elite prospects could end up signing with the Irish on national signing day?
Let's find out.
*All recruiting rankings and photos courtesy of 247sports.com.