Kelly's recruiting profile: Skill
Returning cornerbacks: Robert Blanton, Gary Gray, Lo Wood (Note: Freshman wide receiver Bennett Jackson is reportedly moving to cornerback)
Returning safeties: Dan McCarthy, Zeke Motta, Jamoris Slaughter, Harrison Smith (Note: 2010 recruit Chris Badger will re-join the squad in 2012 after the completion of his religious mission).
Baumhower on Hardy: A year ago, Notre Dame probably wasn't even in Hardy's top 10. The coaching staff did an outstanding job of recruiting him. Hardy has a confident attitude that Notre Dame needs to get to the next level.
Berk on Hardy: It's been a joy covering the rise of Eilar Hardy – the ultimate "RKG" – over the last couple years, and his eventual decision to attend Notre Dame. What I love about Eilar is his willingness to compete against anyone and no matter the outcome, he still has a smile on his face and is looking forward to the next battle. One of my all-time favorites of the past ten years.