Top 5 Sleepers in Notre Dame's 2012 Class

The stars have been talked about aplenty in Notre Dame's 2012 recruiting class, but what about the under-the-radar guys who didn't get as much publicity for a variety of reasons, and aren't the household names in the recruiting world? Well, IrishEyes.com compiled a list of the "Top 5 Sleepers" in the Irish's class.

Sure, five-stars Tee Shepard, Sheldon Day and Gunner Kiel highlight Notre Dame's 2012 class, but the Irish landed so much more on Wednesday.

IrishEyes.com put together the Top 5 sleepers in the 2012 class.

5. Scott Daly, LS, 6-3, 230, South High, Downers Grove, Ill.
Yes, it is a long-snapper and programs get them to walk-on all the time. The Irish used a scholarship for Daly, and it made sense because he is that good. There is nothing like resting at ease knowing long-snaps should be fine the next four years. An afterthought? ...Only if you're not a coach.

4. Mark Harrell, OL, 6-5, 270, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic High
In an offense that ran 95 percent of the time, Harrell actually played as a tight end but was used more like a sixth offensive lineman. Harrell will move inside for the Irish, and he is athletic and understands blocking concepts. He will need to add strength, but he could turn into a strong player after a year or two in the program.

3. C.J. Prosise, S, 6-2, 195, Woodberry Forest (Va.) School
The standout from the private school excelled as a receiver, returner and in the secondary. He can hit hard and is versatile. He also has excellent hands and ball skills, and while he is the 21st-rated safety in the class, his location and low profile kept him from being talked up.

2. Chris Brown, WR, 6-3, 180, Hanahan (S.C.) High
He is an elite triple jumper, which means athleticism, coordination and work ethic all exist. He can use his size to his advantage against smaller defensive backs and has good jumping ability. Strength is a need, but give him a year or two and he could be very good.

1. Romeo Okwara, DE, Ardrey Kell High, Charlotte, N.C.
He is a relative newcomer to the sport but possesses a ton of athleticism and drive. He is 6-fo5, 230 pounds and moves very well. He can get up the field and is long. He needs to develop his technique, but he is physically gifted.


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