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Notre Dame Signs 23 Recruits for 2014 Class

February 5th, 2014 at 12:55 PM
By Nick Gill

National Signing Day is in full force, where teams reload their roster for the future. Notre Dame has done so, grabbing 23 recruits in their 2014 class. With so many key players jumping to the NFL, the Fighting Irish have stocked the cupboard with one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

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ESPN ranks the Notre Dame class 11th this year. That could waver a spot or two as some players continue to commit to different top tier programs around the country. However, Notre Dame has locked in the 23 man class with every one of them submitting their letters.

The focus of Brian Kelly's recruiting class is defensive with 13 of the 23 commits on that side of the ball. Notre Dame went strong after defensive tackles because of the loss of Louis Nix. They signed five at the position to give new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder talent to work with. One of the highest Notre Dame recruits is inside linebacker Nyles Morgan, who will pair nicely with last year's freshman Jaylon Smith on the outside. The Irish landed two other excellent linebacker prospects, trying to re-create a strength on their Nation Championship run two years ago.

On the offensive side of the ball, Notre Dame landed two top tier tight ends in Tyler Luatua and Nic Weishar to help cushion the loss of Troy Niklas to the league. They also got two solid wide receiver prospects, four offensive linemen and quarterback DeShone Kizer.



Tags: Brian Kelly, Jaylon Smith, Louis Nix, National Signing Day, NCAA, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, recruiting, Troy Niklas

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