Filling the Needs: Assessing the 2013 class

Notre Dame signed the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, and did so by bringing in 24 scholarship players. But did the Irish meet their needs? has a look at the class.

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

The ink is now dry on that 2013 class, and Notre Dame did an outstanding job of filling the needs we identified. We take an in-depth look at what the Irish accomplished in the class, and if there was anything they missed.

1. Receiver initially said Notre Dame needed to bring in at least two receivers, and it doubled that total, not to mention the quality it attracked. Notre Dame landed a quartet of four-star receivers, and two are already enrolled in James Onwualu of Cretin Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) and Corey Robinson of San Antonio (Texas) Christian Schools. Both have nice size, although Onwualu will have to adjust to receiver after spending much of his senior season in the backfield. Roman Catholic High (Philadelphia) standout Will Fuller and Prosper (Texas) High's Torri Hunter Jr.
Status: Mission Accomplished

2. Tight end
The Irish didn't take a tight end in the 2012 class, then landed two in the 2013 class, and both are high quality. Barron Collier High's (Naples, Fla.) Mike Heuerman is the No. 10 tight end and Belton (Texas) High's Durham Smythe is rated at No. 6. The idea when Heuerman was recruited is Notre Dame would bring in one tight end, but after he enrolled and the staff spoke to him, everyone thought best to go after a second and Smythe came aboard.
Status: Mission Accomplished.

3. Inside linebacker
At one point the Irish had a pair of inside linebackers committed, but that was before Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High four-star Alex Anzalone flipped to Florida a few days before he was to enroll at Notre Dame. Still, the Irish landed American Heritage School (Plantation, Fla.) middle linebacker Michael Deeb and he is pure inside linebacker. Getting two in the class would have been nice, but getting one is what was needed.
Status: Mission Accomplished

4. Running back
In the summer, questions were stirring about what would happen with the running back situation. When signing day was over, the Irish had two of the top 24 running backs in the nation in Cocoa (Fla.) High's Tarean Folston and American Heritage School's (Delray Beach, Fla.) Greg Bryant. There were some nervous times as Bryant entertained other visits and Folston made one to Auburn. Both signed, and it capped the class.
Status: Mission Accomplished

5. Defensive end
Notre Dame closed up on this position early with a pair of commitments by the second week of June. It started with Jacob Matuska of Bishop Hartley High (Columbus, Ohio) marking a March commitment, and then Isaac Rochell of Eagles Landing Chrisian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) added his commitment in June. There was also a chance to bring in another, but Notre Dame didn't push hard and was happy with two, which was a needed number.
Status: Mission Accomplished

6. Quarterback
This was ended early and the Irish got one of its top targets with the dual-threat talent of Archbishop Alter High (Kettering, Ohio) standout Malik Zaire. He is elusive and his change of direction is fabulous, but he needs to work on his accuracy and arm strength.
Status: Mission Accomplished

7. Offensive tackle
Perhaps no team in the nation had a haul at offensive tackle like the Irish, and it got better as the players developed during their season seasons. Steven Elmer of Midland (Mich.) High is No. 6 nationally among offensive tackles, Mike McGlinchey of William Penn Charter High (Philadelphia) rose to the No. 8, Colin McGovern of Lincoln-Way West High (New Lenox, Ill.) is No. 9 and Hunter Bivin of Apollo High (Owensboro, Ky.) is No. 14. Quite a haul.
Status: Mission Accomplished

8. Punter
Notre Dame wanted to bring in a punter, and that happened a week before signing day when Andrew Antognoli said he accepted a spot as a preferred walk-on.
Status: Mission Accomplished Top Stories