And with the way Charlie Weis and the rest of his Notre Dame coaching staff is recruiting, the Irish will likely be on the list of favorites, for many of the top prospects in that class.
Lets rewind, or wait, fast forward to the class of 2010.
Notre Dame has identified who they think are some of the top players in next year's recruiting crop are, and have already positioned themselves well with most of them.
There is so much more evaluating to be done with this class, but lets take a look at where the Irish stand with players currently reporting a Notre Dame scholarship offer.
***Seantrel Henderson: Rob Ianello is a regular face at Cretin Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., and Weis has been there a couple times as well. The 6-foot-8, 301-pound offensive tackle is arguably the best player in next year's class, and the Irish have been on him for awhile.
Ianello attended one of Henderson's games over the bye week, and Henderson will return the favor this weekend when Notre Dame hosts Pittsburgh.
Notre Dame has signed four players out Cretin Derham Hall going back to 2001, including Ryan Harris and standout freshman receiver Michael Floyd. It's easy to see why many in the community are high on the Irish, including Henderson.
***Christian Lombard: Henderson isn't the only offensive tackle Ianello has seen play in the past couple weeks. He was at Wm Fremd High in Palatine, Ill., to watch the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Lombard do his thing.
Lombard earned his Notre Dame scholarship offer at camp this summer, and came back this fall to watch the Irish beat Michigan. He has also taken trips to Michigan and Iowa this season, and those look like the early teams to beat for Notre Dame.
***Corey Cooper: The 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver from Proviso East High says that Notre Dame has been by his Maywood, Ill., school a couple times in the past to see him.
Cooper is a soft verbal commit to Illinois, but he is looking to see what else is out there. One of the other schools under strong consideration is Notre Dame. Cooper camped in South Bend this summer, and will take in the Notre Dame-Syracuse game later this season.
One player Cooper will have his eye on when watching the Irish host the Orange is safety Sergio Brown. The Notre Dame junior also graduated from Proviso East, and was coached by Cooper's father.
***James Hurst: Perhaps the top player in the state of Indiana next year, the 6-foot-5, 271-pound offensive tackle from Plainfield, camped at Notre Dame this summer, and came back for the Purdue game this fall.
Hurst is definitely high on Notre Dame, but he will also consider offers from other places like Mississippi State, where his brother is a freshman tight end.
***Chance Carter: When offered by Notre Dame, Carter's coach at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., told him he should commit.
Carter hasn't rushed into anything, but the 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end is definitely liking the Irish. He camped at Notre Dame this summer, and also attended the Michigan game.
***Max Bullough: The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Traverse City, Mich., has already verbally committed to Michigan State. He has family members that have played for both the Irish and Spartans. Bullough was one of the many recruits Notre Dame hosted for the Michigan game, and he also camped in South Bend over the summer.
***C.J. Fiedorowicz: The 6-foot-7, 240-pound tight end prospect recently told Scout.com recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels that LSU was his favorite, but there is no denying he is also high on Notre Dame.
The Johnsburg (Ill.) High standout visited South Bend this summer, and rode into town with Chance Carter for the Michigan game. Notre Dame has also been a presence at Fiedorowicz's school.
***Anthony Barr: A Notre Dame legacy, Barr is the son of former Irish running back Tony Brooks.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Barr could play running back, linebacker, safety or defensive end on the next level, and earned a scholarship offer from Weis at Notre Dame's summer camp. Barr returned to campus for the Stanford game this season.
Barr's mother attended St. Mary's, and it's hard to imagine the Los Angeles product doing his schooling anywhere but South Bend. Place like USC and UCLA hope otherwise.
***Chris Martin: With family from Indiana, the Oakland area defensive end/outside linebacker was ecstatic when he got his Notre Dame scholarship offer. He took a trip to South Bend this summer, and talks about returning again in the not-so-far future.
Martin is starting to rack up scholarship offers from some of the nation's best programs, but Notre Dame, USC, Stanford, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA and North Carolina are the ones standing out the most.
***Jake Heaps: Weis and Ianello attended the 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback's game over the weekend, while in the state of Washington for their own contest against the Huskies.
Arguably the top quarterback in this class, Heaps is the only recruit Weis has ever left one of his own practices for to talk with on the phone. He is also the only 2010 kid that he's seen play in person.
Heaps is feeling the love from Notre Dame, and plans to visit the school for the first time after his season ends.
***Jackson Jeffcoat: The standout defensive end from Plano (Texas) West has already named a top three of Oklahoma, USC and Texas. It will be an uphill fight from the beginning for the Irish staff. One thing that could help is that Jeffcoat's father Jim, a former standout with the Dallas Cowboys and now an assistant coach at the University of Houston, knows and likes Notre Dame defensive line coach Jappy Oliver.
***Corey Brown: The superstar athlete from Cardinal O'Hara High in Springfield, Pa., has yet to think much about recruiting or his plethora of scholarship offers. He plans on contacting schools for the first time after his season ends, including Notre Dame.
***Brandon Linder: Arguably the best player on the nation's top team, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle from St. Thomas Aquinas is only looking at three programs. The lucky schools are Notre Dame, Miami and Florida.
Linder camped at Notre Dame this summer, and returned for the Michigan game. He'd like to make an early decision. From the same school as Sam Young and Dan Wenger, Linder has heard a lot of great things about Notre Dame from the two Irish offensive linemen.
Jamel Turner: The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive end from Ursuline High in Youngstown, Ohio didn't know much about Notre Dame before he came to South Bend for the Michigan game.
The Irish have piqued the interest of Turner, but right now he says he's favoring Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State.
V.J. Fehoko: The 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker from Honolulu, Ha., is very high on Notre Dame and Weis. He says the five schools he takes an official visit to, will be the five that show him the most love.
Fehoko's family is also high on everything Notre Dame has to offer.
Fehoko has a brother that currently plays for Texas Tech, and another one that signed with San Diego St. out of high school.