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Notre Dame Football: Coach Kelly's Biggest National Signing Day Battles
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

If it feels like Notre Dame got started late in recruiting cornerback Terrence Alexander, it's because everybody got started late in recruiting Alexander. The John Curtis Christian School prospect didn't officially begin the recruiting process until after his team won their second-straight state championship. 

But once Irish assistant Kerry Cooks had the chance to connect with Alexander, the admiration was mutual and the Irish rocketed up the 5'10", 180-pounder's board. Alexander and his family took an official visit to Notre Dame earlier in January, one of just three visits scheduled for the cornerback. 

While Ole Miss is still in the conversation, Brian Kelly will battle David Shaw for Alexander's pledge on signing day. Alexander just received word that he's been admitted to Stanford, leading some to believe that the Cardinal could lead.

But Kelly and Cooks visited New Orleans earlier this week to meet with Alexander and his family, stressing the fit in the Irish defense as a field cornerback that can both cover and come up and tackle. Even if he's smaller than the prototype for the Irish defense, the Irish would welcome another cornerback to join Nick Watkins in the 2014 class.  

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