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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Strong showing for Notre Dame

By Pete Byrne (pbyrne@wsbt.com)

WSBT-TV

6:55 AM PST, February 6, 2013

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NOTRE DAME - One month removed from playing for the BCS national championship, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and his staff are adding to the foundation of the Irish football program by signing several highly rated high school seniors to national letters of intent.

"It's an exciting day at Notre Dame", Brian Kelly said.  "It's exciting because it's centered upon our future, and our future is predicated on the last game that you play.  I've made it pretty clear, that after the last game you play, you want to begin taking that next step forward, and for us, taking that next step forward is to continue to build our football program within and developing football players, so when they get back on that field in 2013, we finish it. We finish it off. And this class is that first step towards finishing off 2013 the right way."

So far, Notre Dame has received national letters of intent from the following 17 players, in addition to the five players who enrolled in the university as freshmen for the spring semester.

 

"We're a team that has gone from unranked to top ten ranking, top five
ranking, at times we're the No. 1 team in the country, and I think your class begins to reflect that as you move forward."

 


Hunter Bivin, OL

Greg Bryant, RB

Devin Butler, DB

Michael Deeb, LB
Tarean Folston, RB

William Fuller, WR

Torii Hunter Jr., WR

Cole Luke, CB

Rashad Kinlaw, DB

Jacob Matuska, DL

Mike McGlinchey, OL

Colin McGovern, OL

John Montelus, OL

Max Redfield, S

Isaac Rochell, DL

Doug Randolph, LB

Jaylon Smith, LB

Durham Smythe, TE
Eddie Vanderdoes, DL

In addition, the following five players have already enrolled at Notre Dame and are currently taking spring semester classes:

Steve Elmer, OL

Mike Heuerman, TE

James Onwualu, WR

Corey Robinson, WR

Malik Zaire, QB

NOTRE DAME 2013 RECRUITING CLASS
Hunter Bivin (OL, 6-6, 290, Owensboro, Ky., Apollo)—An honorable mention selection on the Parade prep All-America squad . . . second-team offensive lineman on prep All-America team for 2013 selected by 247Sports . . . first-team Kentucky all-state lineman in 2012 on teams selected by Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal . . . named to 2012 Class of the Commonwealth squad as one of the top 22 seniors in Kentucky by Lexington Herald-Leader . . . ranked 82nd player nationally on ESPN 300 . . . ranked 43rd on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . rated 162nd on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked 15th on Rivals.com list of offensive tackles . . . ranked 184th overall and 14th among offensive tackles on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . four-year offensive line starter as tackle at Apollo High School in Owensboro, Ky. . . . also started on defensive line, served as long snapper and handled punts and kicks . . . selected for Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., was named team captain for Black squad while playing center . . . tabbed by coach Herman Edwards as his team’s top offensive lineman in that contest . . . selected for Best of the Bluegrass Kentucky all-star game in December 2012 . . . also played basketball for Apollo and won the 2012 Kentucky 3A state prep title in shot put at 55 feet, 3.75 inches . . . late father Randy played football at Evansville and older brother Harris played at Murray State.

Greg Bryant (RB, 5-11, 200, Delray Beach, Fla., American Heritage-Boca/Delray)--Second-team USA Today All-USA high school All-American . . . rushed for 1,447 yards and 17 touchdowns on 186 attempts as senior in 2012 for American Heritage team that finished 11-1 . . . helped American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Fla., to Florida Class 2A title in 2011 . . . first-team running back on 2012 Associated Press Florida 3A all-state squad . . . ranked 22nd player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . ranked 15th on MaxPreps/Tom Lemming Top100 list . . . ranked 128th on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . rated 19th on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked second on Rivals.com list of running backs . . . ranked 70th overall and 13th among running backs on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . as junior in 2011 rushed for 202 yards in team’s only loss, 41-34 in overtime to Florida Class 5A power Belle Glade Glades Central . . . finished with 2,180 rushing yards and 25 TDs as junior in 2011, including 39 carries for 243 yards and three TDs in Stallions’ 30-3 state title game win over Madison County that enabled team to finish 12-1 . . . contributed 861 rushing yards and 16 TDs as sophomore in 2010 . . . caught 16 passes for 308 yards and three TDs as senior, after nine reception for 272 yards and two TDs in 2011 . . . selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, rushing eight times for 27 yards and catching three passes for 16 yards for East team in its 15-8 victory . . . father Greg Bryant Sr. coached defensive line for American Heritage.

Devin Butler (DB, 6-1 1/2, 180, Washington, D.C., Gonzaga)—A first-team defensive back on 2012 Washington Post all-metro squad . . . made 46 tackles, intercepted three passes and broke up 10 passes for Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. . . . ranked 193rd player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . ranked 189th on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . ranked 36th on Rivals.com list of cornerbacks . . . ranked 36th among cornerbacks on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . caught four touchdown passes as wide receiver in 2012 . . . first-team Washington Catholic Athletic Conference defensive back in 2012 . . . defensive back on Pigskin Club of Washington All Metropolitan team for 2012 . . . helped Gonzaga to 8-3 mark as senior, playing as cornerback, receiver and kick returner . . . started at safety as a sophomore in 2010, then moved to cornerback as junior in 2011 . . . played occasionally at wide receiver and caught three touchdown passes as junior, including 47-yarder for game-winning score in 2011 season opener against McDonogh . . . intercepted seven passes in 2011, returning one for a touchdown . . . also a first-team all-WCAC pick as junior in 2011 as defensive back . . . as junior had 43 tackles (23 solo) to go with 12 passes broken up and six interceptions (one returned for a TD) . . . caught 11 passes as junior for 168 yards and three TDs . . . selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl all-star game in California and made three tackles for East team in its 17-14 victory . . . also selected for Chesapeake Bowl all-star game . . . named to USA Football Under-19 National Team for 2013 that played in International Bowl in February in Austin, Texas . . . from same high school that produced former Irish players Malcolm Johnson at wide receiver and kicker David Ruffer.

Michael Deeb (LB, 6-2, 235, Plantation, Fla., American Heritage Plantation)—First-team linebacker on Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Class 5A-4A-3A-2A squad for 2012 . . . first-team linebacker on Miami Herald All-Broward County 5A-Ind. all-star squad . . . standout at linebacker for American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. . . . ranked 34th player nationally on Rivals.com list of inside linebackers . . . ranked 25th among middle linebackers on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . made 95 tackles, four sacks and an interception as senior in 2012 . . . ranked fifth among all Broward County prospects coming into 2012 by Miami Herald . . . made 90 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and forced five fumbles as junior in 2011 . . . four-year starter at linebacker 
Steve Elmer 

Tarean Folston(RB, 5-10, 190, Cocoa, Fla., Cocoa)—Associated Press Florida Class 4A first-team all-state running back for 2012 . . . named offensive player of the year by Florida Today . . . rushed for 1,186 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012 on Cocoa High School team in Cocoa, Fla., that advanced to Florida state semifinals . . . also caught eight passes for 85 yards and one TD and had four interceptions (one returned for a TD) as defensive back (and also punted) . . . returned two kickoffs for TDs in 2012 . . . helped Cocoa to wins over Clewiston (55-7) and Jones (35-7) in 2012 Florida Class 4A playoffs before loss to eventual state champion Washington in semifinal round . . . ranked 66th player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . rated 119th on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked 122nd on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . ranked 13th on Rivals.com list of running backs . . . ranked 198th overall and 24th among running backs on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . chosen for Under Armour All-America Game and intercepted one pass and broke up another and made one tackle while playing corner and safety in his team’s 16-3 victory in St. Petersburg .

 

William Fuller (WR, 6-1, 180, Philadelphia, Pa., Roman Catholic)—First-team receiver on 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers AAAA All-State football team . . . named as receiver to Philadelphia Daily News All-City squad for 2012 . . . first-team receiver on Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania team . . . named MVP of Philadelphia Catholic League 4A . . . rated 176th player nationally on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked 28th on Rivals.com list of wide receivers . . . ranked 179th overall and 22nd among wide receivers on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . made 57 receptions in 2012 for 932 yards and eight touchdowns for Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pa. . . . had 10 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns in 2012 win over Cardinal O’Hara . . . also played cornerback . . . honorable mention Pennsylvania all-state pick as junior . . . grabbed 46 receptions in 2011 for 758 yards and 10 TDs on 8-3 Roman Catholic team . . . all-Catholic League 4A pick in 2011 as both receiver and defensive back . . . a first-team All-City selection as sophomore in 2010 by Philadelphia Daily News . . . caught 39 passes for 650 yards and nine TDs in 2010 . . . chosen for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and played for East squad.


Mike Heuerman (TE, 6-4, 225, Naples, Fla., Barron Collier)—First-team defensive end on Naples Daily News all-area squad for 2012 . . . caught three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns as 2012 tight end at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla. . . . tonsillectomy sidelined him parts of senior campaign . . . ranked 264th player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . ranked 215th on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . ranked eighth on Rivals.com list of tight ends . . . ranked 245th overall and 10th among tight ends on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . had 23 receptions as junior in 2011 for 340 yards and five scores . . . made four receptions as sophomore in 2010 for 77 yards and one TD . . .  played in Rotary Club of Naples North All-Star Football Classic in December . . . brother Jeff will be junior tight end at Ohio State . . . enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2013 .

 

Torii Hunter Jr. (WR, 6-0, 180, Prosper, Texas, Prosper)--Ranked 95th player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . rated 181st on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked 21st on Rivals.com list of wide receivers . . . ranked 41st among wide receivers on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . named to Waco Tribune-Herald Top 50helped Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas, to 10-3 mark in 2012 and Class AAAA Division II regional third-round playoff game . . . second-team all-state pick for 2012 on Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A squad . . . caught 71 passes for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 89 yards in 2012 as senior . . . caught 43 passes for 749 yards and 11 TDs as junior in 2011 . . . MVP of 7-on-7 event The Opening in summer of 2012 . . . also plays baseball in high school, hitting .393 with six home runs, 27 RBI and 13 stolen bases as junior outfielder . . . son of major-league baseball outfielder Torii Hunter, now with the Detroit Tigers and formerly with Minnesota Twins (1997-2007) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008-2012) . . . selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl but suffered broken leg while working out for West squad

Rashad Kinlaw (DB, 5-11, 185, Galloway, N.J., Absegami)—played quarterback as junior in 2011, then worked both at cornerback and quarterback as senior in 2012 and also returned kicks . . . ranked 201st on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . ranked 36th on Rivals.com list in “athlete” category . . . ranked 46th among cornerbacks on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . missed half his junior campaign in 2011 with broken leg but still rushed for more than 800 yards and eight touchdowns and threw for more than 500 yards and six TDs . . . re-broke leg again while playing for Team USA in summer of 2012 and didn’t play a game for Absegami High School in Galloway, N.J., as senior until final week of October when he rushed for two scores . . . made six interceptions as sophomore in 2010 though he played only 32 snaps on defense .
Cole Luke (DB, 6-0, 180, Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton)— Second-team cornerback  on prep All-America team for 2013 selected by 247Sports . . . first-team defensive back on Arizona Football Coaches Association 2012 Arizona all-state squad . . . first-team defensive back on All-Arizona squad by Phoenix Gazette . . . also a first-team defensive back on AZFCA Division I all-state team for 2012 . . . helped Hamilton High School team in Chandler, Ariz., rebound from 0-2 start to 31-16 win over Phoenix Mountain Pointe in Arizona Division I 2012 state title game for final 12-2 record . . . East Valley Tribune two-time All-Tribune selection as defensive back . . . ranked 77th on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . rated 133rd on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked ninth on Rivals.com list of cornerbacks . . . ranked 185th overall and 21st among cornerbacks on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . also a dangerous punt returner . . . as junior in 2011 made 63 tackles, broke up 12 passes and returned all three of his interceptions for touchdowns . . . his Hamilton team fell to Desert Vista in 2011 Arizona Division I title game . . . chosen for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and broke up one pass for West squad . . . high school head coach was former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Belles (1986-89), who has coached five Hamilton teams to Arizona state titles . . . his Hamilton team played against Sherman Oaks (Calif.) in Dublin the same weekend the Irish played Navy last fall . . . uncle is former Dallas Cowboy safety Darren Woodson.

Jacob Matuska (DL, 6-4 1/2, 255, Columbus, Ohio, Bishop Hartley)—First-team end on Associated Press All-Ohio Division IV team for 2012 . . . AP All-Central District tight end in Division IV for 2012 . . . first-team tight end on 2012 Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team . . . ranked 17th nationally on Rivals.com list of tight ends . . . ranked 299th overall and 32nd among defensive ends on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . helped Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio, to Ohio Division IV state semifinals and overall 13-1 record . . . Hartley finished first in final Associated Press Division IV poll with 10-0 regular-season mark . . . made 16 catches for 348 yards and four touchdowns on run-oriented team that scored 42.5 points per game as senior in 2012 and also dominated as outside linebacker in Hawks’ 3-5 system . . . made nine receptions, four for TDs, as junior tight end in 2011 . . . also played at defensive end . 

John Montelus (OL, 6-5, 305, Everett, Mass., Everett) – Named to 2012 Boston Globe All-Scholastic team . . . three-year offensive line starter at Everett High School in Everett, Mass. . . . first-team offensive lineman on Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Super 26 team for 2012 . . . first lineman ever to be a finalist for ESPN Boston Mr. Football Award . . . ranked 82nd player nationally on MaxPreps/Tom Lemming Top100 list . . . rated 74th on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked first on Rivals.com list of offensive guards . . . ranked 51st overall and second among offensive guards on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . played left tackle as a junior and senior . . . helped Everett to three straight Massachusetts Division IA Super Bowl crowns his final three seasons, including a 20-19 win over unbeaten Barnstable in 2012 at Gillette Stadium . . . helped Everett defeat top-seeded Masconomet Regional 42-14 in 2012 IA East semifinals . . . played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio . 

Mike McGlinchey (OL, 6-7 1/2, 280, Philadelphia, Pa., William Penn Charter)—First-team offensive lineman on 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers AAAA All-State football team . . . first-team offensive lineman on Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania team . . . first-team offensive lineman onPhiladelphia Daily News All-City squad for William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pa. . . . ranked 131st player nationally on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . ranked 24th on Rivals.com list of offensive tackles . . . ranked 90th overall and eighth among offensive tackles on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . captain of team as senior in 2012 . . . began as a high school tight end but shifted to offensive tackle . . . has played virtually everywhere on the field on both sides of the ball, other than secondary . . . also played basketball for Penn Charter . . . selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and played for East squad . . . first cousin of former Penn Charter and Boston College and current Atlanta Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan .

Colin McGovern (OL, 6-5, 280, New Lenox, Ill., Lincoln-Way West)—First-team Illinois Class 5A all-state pick for 2012 by Illinois Football Coaches Association . . . named to 2012 Chicago Tribune all-state team . . . first-team offensive lineman on Chicago Sun-Times all-area squad for 2012 . . . ranked 37th player nationally on Rivals.com list of offensive tackles . . . ranked 133rd overall and ninth among offensive tackles on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . played left offensive tackle at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, Ill. . . . . helped Warriors reach quarterfinals in 2012 state 5A playoffs . . . made 70 pancake blocks as senior and did not allow a sack his junior or senior year . . . transferred from Lincoln-Way Central after his sophomore campaign . . . selected for Under Armour All-America Game but did not participate . 

 

James Onwualu (WR, 6-1 1/2, 210, Saint Paul, Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall)—First-team running back on both Associated Press and Minnesota Football Coaches Association 2012 all-state squads . . . named to All-Pioneer Press 2012 all-star squad as running back/wide receiver/defensive back for 2012 by Saint Paul Pioneer-Press . . . ranked 22nd player nationally on Rivals.com list in “athlete” category . . . listed as top player in Minnesota on Detroit Free-Press Best in the Midwest ratings . . . ranked 296th overall and 39th among wide receivers on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . finished senior season at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Minn., in 2012 with 574 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on 74 attempts, plus 26 catches for 421 yards and five more TDs . . . led Suburban East Conference in scoring in 2012 with 116 points . . . averaged 26.1 yards (209 total yards) on kickoff returns . . . also made 10 tackles in 2012 and returned an interception 94 yards for a TD . . . had 246 all-purpose yards in 2012 season-opening win over East Ridge, including that 94-yard interception return for a TD and a 45-yard TD reception . . . piled up 428 receiving yards on 27 catches and five TD catches as junior in 2011 . . . rushed 71 times for 549 yards and eight TDs in 2011 . . . scored 80 points in 2011 and added an interception and eight tackles . . . finished with 420 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards, 70 kickoff returns yards and five tackles as sophomore in 2010 while scoring three TDs . . . from long list of Cretin-Derham Hall players to attend Notre Dame, most recently Michael Floyd and Ryan Harris . . . enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2013 .

 

Doug Randolph (LB, 6-3, 230, Richmond, Va., Woodberry Forest)—Helped Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., to 7-3 mark as senior in 2012, making 33 tackles (12 solo), 10.5 sacks, 12 hurries, one fumble caused and one pass broken up . . . ranked 142nd player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . rated 134th on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked 10th on Rivals.com list of outside linebackers . . . ranked 31st among outside linebackers on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . only pass reception in 2012 went for 41 yards and a touchdown vs. Collegiate . . . had nine tackles and 4.5 sacks in 52-13 win over Kiski in 2012 . . . as junior in 2011 made 47 tackles, nine tackles for loss, seven sacks and forced a fumble . . . selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl and played for East squad . . . also played as long-stick middie in lacrosse . . . from same high school as current Irish freshman C.J. Prosise .


Max Redfield (DB, 6-2, 195, Mission Viejo, Calif., Mission Viejo)--Second-team USA Today All-USA high school All-American . . . second-team safety on prep All-America team for 2013 selected by 247Sports . . . first-team defensive back on Los Angeles Times All-Star team for 2012 . . . Orange County Register defensive player of the year for 2012 . . . South Coast League MVP in 2012 at Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. . . . ranked 23rd player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . ranked 41st on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . rated 30th on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked third on Rivals.com list of safeties . . . ranked 57th overall and fifth among safeties on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . made 65 tackles as senior in 2012 to go with two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries . . . made 45 receptions as wide receiver in 2012 for 757 yards and six touchdowns . . . had four interceptions and blocked four punts as senior in 2012 . . . helped his Mission Viejo team climb to number one in Orange County rankings as senior . . . three-sport standout at Mission Viejo, also playing basketball and soccer . . . all-Orange County pick as junior in 2011 . . . selected for Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg and played for West team . . . aunt is former United States soccer defender Joy Fawcett, an Olympic and World Cup champion .
Isaac Rochell (DL, 6-5, 265, McDonough, Ga., Eagle’s Landing Christian)—First-team Georgia Class A all-state pick by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . helped Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., to 12-1 record and Georgia Class A private state title in 2012 with 33-0 win over Prince Avenue Christian in championship game . . . played both defensive and offensive tackle in 2012 . . . first-team defensive lineman on Atlanta Journal-Constitution South Metro all-area team for 2012 . . . second-team Georgia Class A all-state pick on 2012 Georgia Sportswriters Association team . . . helped ELCA outscore its opponents 618-109 in 2012 . . . helped ELCA to earlier playoff wins over Our Lady of Mercy (42-14), Savannah Christian (42-7) and George Walton Academy (27-14) in 2012 . . . ranked 139th player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . ranked 127th on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . rated 124th on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked ninth on Rivals.com list of defensive ends . . . ranked 153rd overall and 17th among defensive ends on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . made 97 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and seven sacks as junior in 2011 . . . played in Offense-Defense Bowl in Houston in December 2012 . . . brother Matt will be a junior offensive lineman at Air Force.

Corey Robinson (WR, 6-5, 190, San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio Christian)—First-team Division II all-state wide receiver on Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools team for 2012 . . . ranked as number four player in San Antonio area for 2012 by San Antonio Express-News . . . a first-team wide receiver on San Antonio Express-News Sub-5A all-area team for 2012 . . . ranked 80th nationally on Rivals.com list of wide receivers . . . ranked 43rd among wide receivers on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . had 67 receptions as senior in 2012 for 1,414 yards and 20 scores . . . caught nine passes for 151 yards and four TDs in 2012 game against Navarro . . . caught nine balls for 229 yards and three TDs (including game-winning score) in win over Blanco . . . helped Christian High School in San Antonio, Texas, to 8-4 record and Texas Division II area title in 2012 . . . made 42 catches for 660 yards and 10 touchdowns as junior in 2011 . . . named to Texas academic all-state team . . . named to U.S. Army All-American Bowl and played for West squad . . . son of former Naval Academy and San Antonio Spurs basketball great and Hall of Famer David Robinson . . . received National Merit Scholarship . . . enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2013.


Jaylon Smith (LB, 6-3, 220, Fort Wayne, Ind., Bishop Luers) – Winner of 2012 Butkus Award presented by Pro Football Weekly to top high school linebacker in the country . . . first-team linebacker on the Parade prep All-America squad . . . first-team USA Today All-USA high school All-American . . . finalist for American Family Insurance All-USA Defensive Player of the Year . . . first-team linebacker on prep All-America team for 2013 selected by 247Sports . . . Indiana Mr. Football award winner for 2012 season, receiving more than twice as many votes as the runner-up . . . rated top player in Indiana on Detroit Free-Press Best in the Midwest ratings . . . ranked seventh player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . ranked 18th on MaxPreps/Tom Lemming Top100 list . . . ranked fifth on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . rated third on Rivals 250 list . . . ranked first on Rivals.com list of outside linebackers . . . ranked third overall and first among outside linebackers on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . helped Bishop Luers Knights in Fort Wayne, Ind., to four straight Indiana Class 2A state titles as linebacker and running back . . . first-team linebacker on Associated Press Indiana Class 2A all-state team as senior . . . member of 2012 Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 all-state squad . . . named to that same team as junior in 2011 at running back . . . first-team linebacker on Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette all-star team for 2012 . . . helped Bishop Luers to 40-28 win over Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter in 2012 Indiana 2A title game while rushing for 150 yards and scoring three touchdowns . . . rushed for 147 yards and added nine tackles and a sack in state semifinal win over Andrean . . . helped Knights to 11-4 mark in 2012 as Bishop Luers became first Indiana 2A school to win four straight state titles . . . finished with 1,265 rushing yards and 18 TDs on 176 attempts as senior in 2012 to go with 10 receptions for 66 yards and two more TDs—and added 72 tackles (43 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven pass deflections on defense . . . won Euell A. Wilson Award as top senior player in Summit Athletic Conference in 2012 . . . rushed 168 times for 1,319 yards and 25 TDs as junior in 2011 to go with 17 catches for 191 yards and four TDs . . . . made 51 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries as junior in 2011 . . . three-time first-team all-state selection . . . played basketball at Bishop Luers as freshman, sophomore and junior—including one season with current Ohio State star Deshaun Thomas . . . selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, was named team captain for West squad and made four tackles, shared a tackle for loss and blocked a field-goal attempt as starter at linebacker . . . becomes second straight Indiana Mr. Football winner to attend Notre Dame, following Gunner Kiel in 2011 . . . older brother Rod is running back at Ohio State .

 

Durham Smythe (TE, 6-5, 230, Belton, Texas, Belton)—Caught 37 passes for 547 yards and six touchdowns as senior in 2012 at Belton High School in Belton, Texas . . . helped Tigers to 6-4 record as senior on team that averaged 31.6 points per game . . . one of two tight ends on Waco Tribune-Herald Top 50 . . . rated number two onWaco Tribune-Herald list of Central Texas prospects for 2012 . . . two-time first-team tight end on Texas District 8-5A squad in 2012 and 2011 . . . rated sixth tight end nationally by 247Sports and 15th tight end by Rivals . . . Rivals rates him 40th among state of Texas prospects . . . ranked 188th on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . ranked 170th overall and sixth among tight ends on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . Texas High School Coaches Association named him to its all-state academic first team for 2012 . . . caught 22 passes as junior in 2011 for 341 yards and three TDs and also caught three two-point conversion throws . . . added eight receptions for 120 yards and two TDs as sophomore in 2010 . . . played defensive end as high school freshman before moving to tight end . . . father Roy  was offensive lineman on 1980 Baylor Southwest Conference champion football squad . 


Eddie Vanderdoes(DL, 6-3, 285, Auburn, Calif., Placer)— First-team defensive lineman on 247Sports All-America team . . . second-team USA Today All-USA high school All-American . . . ranked 33rd player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . ranked 43rd on MaxPreps/Tom Lemming Top100 list . . . ranked sixth on 247Sports list of top 247 players . . . rated 21st overall on Rivals 250 list and fourth among defensive tackles . . . ranked ninth overall and second among outside defensive tackles on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . first-team defensive lineman on Sacramento Bee All-Metro team for 2012 . . . made 72 tackles, nine sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as senior in 2012 for Placer High School in Auburn, Calif. . . . added 65 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, ands two fumble recoveries as junior in 2011 . . . earned MVP honor for defensive linemen at The Opening elite combine in 2012 . . . played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and was credited with three tackles and a sack for West squad .

Malik Zaire (QB, 6-1 1/2, 190, Kettering, Ohio, Archbishop Alter)--ranked 194th player nationally on ESPN 300 list . . . rated 122nd on Rivals 250 list . . . listed 189th nationally on ESPN 300 . . . ranked third on Rivals.com list of dual-threat quarterbacks . . . ranked 172nd overall and 14th among quarterbacks on Scout 300 by Scout.com . . . lefthander earned 2012 Associated Press Ohio Division III Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year accolades with 1,990 yards passing, 1,120 yards on the ground and 33 total touchdowns (24 passing TDs and nine rushing TDs) for Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio . . . threw five TD passes and for 251 yards in 2012 season-opening win over Kettering Fairmont while running for another 171 yards and another TD . . . first-team quarterback in 2012 on AP Ohio Southwest All-District Division III team . . . led Alter to 10-0 regular-season record as junior in 2011 before losing in first round of playoffs . . . completed 36 of 82 throws for 729 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for 1,093 yards and 15 TDs in 2011 as junior . . . . took part in Elite 11 quarterback competition in Redondo Beach, Calif., in summer of 2012 . . . selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and completed two of five passes for 12 yards and rushed nine times for 20 yards for East squad . . . enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2013.