Update: Filling the 2013 Recruiting Needs

Days after the ink dried on the class of 2012, IrishEyes.com detailed the areas of need Notre Dame needed to focus on in its 2013 class. With 17 commitments in the books and the Irish sporting a top five recruiting class, IrishEyes.com revisits the needs.

After the ink dried on the 2012 class, IrishEyes.com broke down the needs of Notre Dame's 2013 class.

The Irish have the fourth-ranked class in the nation, and when it comes to a star average per play, the Irish are second in the nation (3.88 stars per play) with their 17 commitments.

But are the Irish filling the needs of the class? IrishEyes.com revisits the Feb. 6 needs to update those needs.

1. Receiver
IrishEyes.com said Notre Dame will need to bring in at least two receivers, and so far so good. The Irish landed four-star James Onwualu of Cretin Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) in mid March, and a few weeks later four-star Corey Robinson of San Antonio (Texas) Chrisitian Schools came aboard. They are both big-bodied receivers, with Robinson have the size to grow into a tight end. Adding another receiver would help, given Davonte Neal signed in late February, the receiver situation seems fine.
Status: Mission Accomplished

2. Tight end
Notre Dame needed to pull one in after not taking a tight end in the 2012 class, and the Irish landed a very good one in Barron Collier High (Naples, Fla.) standout Mike Heuerman. Not only can Heuerman block and get down the field, he is personable and a big player in recruiting other players.
Status: Mission Accomplished.

3. Inside linebacker
Notre Dame needed to bring in at least one inside linebacker, and so far have a pair committed in American Heritage School (Plantation, Fla.) middle linebacker Michael Deeb and Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High four-star Alex Anzalone, who said he is heading to Notre Dame as an inside linebacker. The Irish could still bring in another interior linebacker, but it is not a necessity.
Status: Mission Accomplished

4. Running back
This was an area of need heading into the recruiting season, and it remains that way. The Irish remain in contention, to varying agrees, for several running backs, including Cocoa (Fla.) High's Tarean Folston, Bayside High's (Virginia Beach, Va.) Taquan Mizzell and Notre Dame High's (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) Khalfani Muhammad. Some of the top backs are off Notre Dame's board, but getting a high-level back is important in this class.
Status: Incomplete

5. Defensive end
An early commitment from Jacob Matuska of Bishop Hartley High (Columbus, Ohio) got the began a snowball of March commitments. He is versatile and could eventually play tight end, but at this time he is coming in to play defensive end. Isaac Rochell of Eagles Landing Chrisian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) in June gave the Irish a second needed defensive end. Another could be added, although it may be a hybrid outside linebacker, but getting two was important.
Status: Mission Accomplished

6. Quarterback
Taking a quarterback in every class is important for balance, and the Irish landed a nice dual-threat player in Archbishop Alter High (Kettering, Ohio) signal caller Malik Zaire. He can throw and run, and doth both well, which is why Scout.com rates his as the No. 9 quarterback in the nation.
Status: Mission Accomplished

7. Offensive tackle
Notre Dame hit it out of the park on this one. Notre Dame's top five class is chock full o' talent, but nowhere is the concentration as high as along the offensive line. The Irish have four-star offensive tackles Steven Elmer of Midland (Mich.) High, Colin McGovern of Lincoln-Way West High (New Lenox, Ill.) Hunter Bivin of Apollo High (Owensboro, Ky.) and Mike McGlinchey of William Penn Charter High (Philadelphia) as well as four-star offensive guard John Montelus of Everett (Mass.) High. Yeah, that should do.
Status: Mission Accomplished

8. Punter
The chance to land a walk-on exists, and it is something the Irish could use. At this point, it is not a necessity, but would be nice.
Status: Incomplete

Editor's note: When the original list of needs was published, cornerback was not on the list. However, since then Tee Sheppard left school, which made it a need and the Irish filled it by adding Rashad Kinlaw of Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) and Devin Butler of Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.).

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