Year after year, Notre Dame consistently brings in Top 25 classes. Even despite the miserable past three seasons in South Bend, recruits are still flocking to the Irish in times of desperation.
Brian Kelly signed a 24-man recruiting class on Feb. 3, ranked 14th in the nation by Rivals.com. Even though Kelly inked a solid class in a transitional period, critics were still out to knock down his efforts.
"Notre Dame can haul in all the four and-five star recruits they want, but few, if any, would start on a powerhouse team in the SEC."
This was the constant criticism heard by Charlie Weis, and now, will be passed on to Kelly during his time at his new home.
Outsiders stereotype the Notre Dame players as slower and less athletic than some of the nation's elite. Instead, they label Irish players with smart football skills and high IQ's.
The above may be true. It is, however, unfair to say that some of the nation's best talent doesn't call Notre Dame it's home.
Whether in the SEC or in South Bend, here are eight Irish players that break that Irish stereotype.