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Final Rivals 100 list filled with Irish recruits

Jan 21, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

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A final stamp was put on the Rivals 100 prospect ranking for 2013 and it confirms what we all have known for quite some time.

Notre Dame’s recruiting class is good.

Of the top 100 players in the country, the Irish have accepted the commitment of five players, including three of the top 30. One other name still in consideration is five-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes.

Here are the Irish recruits that made the rankings:

No. 3 — Jaylon Smith, OLB: Smith is the highest ranked player the Irish have landed since Jimmy Clausen. While he doesn’t fit the traditional mold of a ‘Dog’ linebacker in the Irish’s 3-4 system, he’s too good of an athlete to keep off the field.
No. 19 – Greg Bryant, RB: Replacing Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick should be easier to stomach with Bryant. A nice mix of power, speed, and versatility, it’ll be interesting to see how quickly Bryant can fight his way into the mix.
No. 30 — Max Redfield, DB: The third five-star prospect of the class, Redfield looks like a ballhawk in center field. He’s not the most physically imposing player in the secondary, but he’s a true athlete and adds some more length and athleticism.
No. 60 – Steve Elmer, OT: Already on campus, we’ll get our first look at Elmer this spring. There doesn’t seem to be a glaring need at tackle, but Elmer will have the staff’s eye for 15 sessions this spring, a nice jump start for his career.
No. 74 – John Montelus, OG: A great interior line prospect, Montelus will be add another big body to the inside. At a position where there are question marks at guard and center, and Chris Watt graduating after this season, Montelus is an important player at a position of need.

Of the uncommitted players still on the board, the Irish are in the best shape with Vanderdoes, who will be on campus this weekend. The Irish have chased Mackensie Alexander, the No. 42 prospect, for a long time, but appear to have cooled on Alexander, a feeling that seems mutual. Cornerback Priest Willis has also had his name connected to the Irish in the past, but that ship appears to have sailed as well.

And now to the fish that got away. Vernon Hargreaves III was an early target of the Irish, with Tony Alford working hard on Hargreaves. At No. 2, the Irish clearly saw something in the elite cornerback, who played very well on the All-Star circuit. Laquon Treadwell was another prospect the Irish just couldn’t get in the game with either, as the No. 5 player in the country has decided to go to Ole Miss, a surprise to many Michigan fans that thought they had the inside track for the Illinois star. Al-Quadin Muhammad (#49) looked likely to pledge to the Irish but various reports have academics getting in the way.

Seeing Alex Anzalone pick up a fifth-star didn’t fee very good for Irish fans, with Anzalone’s eleventh hour defection putting a dent in the linebacking corps of the Irish. Also of note was fellow five-star Dorian Johnson, an offensive lineman from Pennsylvania who ran out of spots with the Irish even with a family connection to Scott Booker. Johnson is the No. 31 ranked player in the country and the top offensive lineman.

One final prospect to watch? USC commit Ty Isaac, who some believe will still end up with the Irish in the end.

  1. tony34343434 - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    We are lucky to have a great recruiting class which from reading about them, they seem like a good group of young men. They are also lucky to be going to one of the best schools in the world by picking ND. They will have a tremendous time at a school that IS college football. They also will graduate and have their choice of jobs, good luck guys, GO IRISH!

  2. andy44teg - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I would serioulsy doubt picking up Isaac…he’s a 5 star RB that would be joining Bryant and Folston??….unless I just missed something…I can’t see him joining the fold.

    • papadec - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      andy44 – there have been some posts that project Folston as a shaky commit to ND. If that’s true, Isaac would probably be the best option as a replacement. I figure the recruiters/coaches are on top of the status of both Folston & Isaac.

      • andy44teg - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        For what it’s worth, I also read that he re-affirmed his commitment either today or yesterday..hard to keep a timeline of articles on the interwebs with the soap opera that is Manti Te’o going on….and to jimbasil, I’m not saying we shouldn’t sign Isaac if he wants to join up; it’d be stupid not to, but with 2 Grade-A RB’s signing up (barring Folston stays on) I just can’t see him coming to ND.

      • dickasman - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Guys, do we really need 3 midget 5 star back? From what I understand, they’re all midgets, correct?

    • jimbasil - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Isaac would be a terrific pick up. I hope Folston Bryant and Isaac sign up with ND. ND would be set for some time (bar injuries) and the could set their sights on OL and DL players next signing class. In any case, ND should always accept elite players.

      • papadec - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:41 AM

        jim & andy – I think espn lists both Folston & Isaac as ATH. So, not necessarily RBs. Seems to me that Kelly & crew recruit with more than one position in mind. I’m all for recruiting the RKGs, whatever position they play in HS – most play more than one position.

  3. cpfirish - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Any news on J. Slaughter in coming back?

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      heard he was denied his 6th year…posted on his twitter account on the 16th.

      https://twitter.com/J_Slaughter26

      • bostonjan - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        I remember somewhere that it was standard operating proceedure for the NCAA to deny a request for a 6th year and make the real decision upon appeal. This may be the case with j. Slaughter

  4. aceinthehole12 - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Still top 3 class in the nation. Very nice…I haven’t been this excited for a class since Manti came in.

    • papadec - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      ace – I haven’t been this excited about an incoming class since….. last year. GO IRISH!!!!!!!!

      • papadec - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:45 AM

        ace – and I think we’re only one five star commit away from being the #1 class again.

  5. yllibnosredna - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Slaughter was refused a 6th year of eligilibity and WILL NOT be returning next year.

  6. dickasman - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I’ve hired Tom Condom, no comment…

    • papadec - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      dick – would that be for safety?

  7. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    If these games are won in the trenches, why would a 5 star OL run out of spots with the Irish. Like Jello, there should always be room for a 5 Star.

  8. mtmk0586 - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Hope Slaughter gets to come back

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