While Notre Dame welcomes a group of elite recruits to South Bend this weekend for the Irish Invasion Camp, the incoming freshman class is already on campus, working with the coaching staff and Paul Longo's strength team to prepare for the upcoming season.
Brian Kelly collected 23 signatures in the 2014 recruiting cycle, the No. 10 class in the country according to 247Sports.com. Now he's got to throw away the star rankings and get his team ready to play football.
There are potential impact players in this group. A strong group off offensive linemen will do their best to challenge for playing time. A reloaded front seven will have opportunities to work in Brian VanGorder's new scheme.
Entering his fifth season, Brian Kelly's depth chart is as stable as it's been at Notre Dame since the Holtz era. And while the Irish lost a ton of talent from last year's team—five players in the first three rounds of the NFL draft and eight players overall—walking into the starting lineup is probably harder than it's been since Kelly arrived in South Bend.
Still, there are opportunities. Let's take a look at the freshmen who have the best chance to win a starting job during fall camp.