Notre Dame's Class of 2013 Needs

Signing day is a thing of the past and the focus is on the 2013 class. So, what are the targets areas for the Irish in the upcoming class? takes a close look.

With signing day a thing of the past and the focus on the 2013 class, will kick off its official coverage of the class by introducing the areas of biggest need for Notre Dame.

1. Receiver
The signing day loss of five-star Deontay Greenberry stings for a variety of reasons, most notably is his ability as a play-maker on an offense in need of one to replace Michael Floyd. The Irish wanted to bring in three or four receivers, but wound up signing Chris Brown and Justin Ferguson in the 2012 class. The addition of Davonte' Neal of Scottsdale, Ariz., remains a possibility, but not a given. If Neal comes and plays receiver, it would ease the 2013 burden.
At this point, adding two receivers is a must, and the Irish likely will try to extend beyond that for the 2013 class.

2. Tight end
The Irish didn't go hard for man in the 2012 class and did not sign one, and they have depth at the position. But with Tyler Eifert possibly (likely?) jumping to the NFL after the season, and the tight end being a huge part of Notre Dame's offense, getting one in this class is imperative.

3. Inside linebacker
Unless safety signees Elijah Shumate or Nick Baratti grow into an inside linebackers (not likely at this point), the Irish are going to have to bring in at least one inside linebacker for their 3-4 defense because none were signed in the 2012 class. And while depth may exist, replenishing is always a key, and losing Manti Te'o after the season will be a big hit.

4. Running back
There are variables in this one, including whether incoming freshman Keivarae Russell plays at running back or shifts to receiver. Either way, the Irish lose Theo Riddick (provided he does the expected and plays in the backfield) and could lose Cierre Wood, who could opt for the NFL if he has big season.
Notre Dame wanted to add two or three running backs in the 2012 class, and came away with two in Russell in Mahone. It means bringing in at least one, and maybe two, in 2013 is a key part of putting the class together.

5. Defensive end
Notre Dame did a nice job of adding Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones to the middle of their defensive line, and have Romeo Okwara to play on the outside. However, the Irish could use more depth at the edge on the line of scrimmage. There is young depth, but it would be nice for Notre Dame to add more in the 2013 class.

6. Quarterback
Getting a high-profile quarterback for the class could be taxing after landing the nation's No. 1 quarterback in the 2012 class in Gunner Kiel. However, getting quality depth into the program is a big thing, so it makes sense for Notre Dame to take another quarterback. It also is a way of keeping depth in the face of potential transfers

7. Offensive tackle
If Jones moves from defensive tackle to offensive tackle, this one could be crossed off. But even with the addition of transfer Jordan Prestwood and the signing of Ronnie Stanley, the Irish were jolted when Taylor Decker jumped to Ohio State last month. Arguing against adding a defensive tackle in the class can be made, but adding a tackle would be a great move for the class.

8. Punter
If the Irish can find a high-quality walk-on to add, it would be nice. But with losing Ben Turk after the 2012 season, it would be a bonus for Notre Dame to add a punter to the 2013 class. Top Stories