What's the key to consistent success in college football?
Many would say recruiting at a high level is one of the major factors. Of course, that appears to be the correct answer at first glance.
However, it isn't just recruiting star players year after year. It is recruiting star players for the good of the depth chart, filling holes that were left open by former stand-outs moving on in their football careers either due to the draft or graduation.
The same goes most of the country, including Notre Dame. Brian Kelly and his staff have been working relentlessly this offseason in preparation for National Signing Day on February 3rd. Currently sitting comfortably with a top-10 ranked class according to multiple recruiting services, the Irish have done wonders on the trail.
What exactly holes have the Irish filled? And what holes haven't they been able to cement?
Let's take a look at the positional needs in this 2011 class.