Ranking Notre Dame's recruiting classes in the Brian Kelly era

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

When Notre Dame finished up the 2018 recruiting cycle with a class of 27 football players in February, the Irish hit a couple of high-water marks for the Brian Kelly era.

The Irish signed more recruits in the 2018 class than in any of the head coach’s previous eight classes at Notre Dame. Five new commitments on National Signing Day also set a record for his tenure in South Bend.

Those numbers reflected significant recruiting progress by Notre Dame’s coaching staff. The Irish closed at some positions of need and added to an already solid class. But how does the 2018 class stack up to the previous Kelly classes at Notre Dame?

Most of Kelly’s classes have finished in a small window, according to national class rankings by Rivals. None of his Notre Dame recruiting classes have finished outside the top 20, and only one (2012) finished outside the top 15. And Kelly has only signed two classes that notched top 10 rankings. Rivals pegged Notre Dame’s 2018 class at No. 11 for the third time in the Kelly era.

A closer examination is required to weigh each class against each other. Everything in the recruiting world is subjective, so it’s important to set some ground rules for this exercise.

• Quality trumps quantity. A class of 27 recruits doesn’t necessarily have to be better than a class of 21 recruits.

• A well-rounded class matters. If a class addresses more needs across the board, it should be recognized for that.

• Certain positions have a greater value for Notre Dame. The Irish have had an easier time recruiting offensive linemen and tight ends than defensive linemen and defensive backs. Any time the Irish signed a good crop of the latter, they should be rewarded.

• These rankings reflect recruiting grades, not college production. In order to compare recent classes to those that have already finished their college careers, ignoring how the players developed is critical. Ranking how each class turned out would be a different list. These rankings are based on projections.

• Players that didn’t make it to Notre Dame still count for this exercise. Though some of the recruits who signed with Notre Dame never actually enrolled in school, they were a part of the original class. There’s no guarantee that all 27 recruits in the 2018 class actually make it to campus come June either.

All rankings cited below are courtesy of Rivals. 247Sports didn’t have complete rankings of the 2010 class, Kelly’s first at Notre Dame.

Without further ado, here’s how I rank Kelly’s nine recruiting classes.

No. 1: 2013 class

• By the numbers: 24 signees — four five-star recruits, 14 four-star recruits and six three-star recruits — for the No. 3 class in the country.

The 2013 class, nicknamed the Irish Mob, sits in a tier by itself. No other Kelly class has come close to challenging the signing day haul in 2013. The class was loaded with five-star talent with linebacker Jaylon Smith, running back Greg Bryant, safety Max Redfield and defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

But the class also had more four-star recruits than any other class in the era. The Irish used their undefeated regular season run in 2012 to parlay a strong finish to the class.

While most of the five-star recruits came on defense, the Irish loaded up with four-star recruits at every position on offense with four offensive linemen (Mike McGlinchey, Steve Elmer, Hunter Bivin and John Montelus) and four wide receivers (Will Fuller, Torii Hunter Jr., James Onwualu and Corey Robinson). Four-star running back Tarean Folston and four-star quarterback Malik Zaire joined Bryant in the backfield, and Mike Heuerman gave the Irish a four-star tight end.

In addition to the five-star recruits, Notre Dame’s defense had four-star recruits at every level too with defensive end Isaac Rochell, linebacker Doug Randolph and cornerback Cole Luke.

It’s hard to imagine Notre Dame being able to put together a class with more hype for the remainder of the Kelly era.

2013 class Rivals ranking 
OL Hunter Bivin Four stars, No. 12 OT, No. 162 
RB Greg Bryant Five stars, No. 3 RB, No. 19 
CB Devin Butler Three stars, No. 62 CB 
LB Michael Deeb Three stars, No. 36 ILB 
OL Steve Elmer Four stars, No. 5 OT, No. 60 
RB Tarean Folston Four stars, No. 14 RB, No. 119 
WR Will Fuller Four stars, No. 19 WR, No. 176 
TE Mike Heuerman Four stars, No. 8 TE
WR Torii Hunter Jr. Four stars, No. 41 WR 
CB Rashad Kinlaw Three stars, No. 38 ATH 
CB Cole Luke Four stars, No. 11 CB, No. 133 
TE Jacob Matuska Three stars, No. 18 TE 
OL Mike McGlinchey Four stars, No. 22 OT 
OL Colin McGovern Three stars, No. 37 OT 
OL John Montelus Four stars, No. 4 OG, No. 74 
WR James Onwualu Four stars, No. 21 ATH 
LB Doug Randolph Four stars, No. 11 OLB, No. 134 
S Max Redfield Five stars, No. 3 S, No. 30 
WR Corey Robinson Four stars, No. 44 WR 
DE Isaac Rochell Four stars, No. 10 SDE, No. 124 
LB Jaylon Smith Five stars, No. 1 OLB, No. 3 
TE Durham SmytheThree stars, No. 15 TE 
DT Eddie Vanderdoes Five stars, No. 2 DT, No. 21
QB Malik Zaire Four stars, No. 3 DUAL, No. 122 

No. 2: 2016 class

• By the numbers: 23 signees — one five-star recruit, 12 four-star recruits, nine three-star recruits and one two-star recruit — for the No. 13 class in the country.

The 2016 class was headlined by an overhaul at defensive end and in the secondary for the Irish. The trio of Daelin Hayes, Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara gave Notre Dame one of its best groups of defensive ends in recent years. Hayes was rated as a five-star outside linebacker while Kareem and Okwara were given four stars each.

In the secondary, the Irish signed five four-star recruits: cornerbacks Julian Love, Troy Pride Jr., and Donte Vaughn and safeties Jalen Elliott and D.J. Morgan.

The Irish once again brought in an impressive haul on the offensive line with Tommy Kraemer, Liam Eichenberg and Parker Boudreaux, all four-star prospects. Strength at wide receiver came in the form of four-star recruits Chase Claypool and Javon McKinley.

Three-star recruits at quarterback, linebacker and running back left Notre Dame with question marks at each position. The Irish also didn’t sign a tight end or a defensive tackle in the class.

2016 class Rivals ranking 
QB Ian Book Three stars, No. 15 PRO 
OL Parker Boudreaux Four stars, No. 21 OT 
WR Chase Claypool Four stars, No. 22 WR, No. 109 
OL Liam Eichenberg Four stars, No. 11 OT, No. 194 
S Jalen Elliott Four stars, No. 15 S 
DE Daelin Hayes Five stars, No. 7 OLB, No. 31 
LB Jamir Jones Three stars, No. 43 OLB 
LB Jonathan Jones Three stars, No. 19 ILB 
RB Tony Jones Jr. Three stars, No. 21 RB 
DE Khalid Kareem Four stars, No. 17 SDE, No. 237 
OL Tommy Kraemer Four stars, No. 4 OT, No. 41 
CB Julian Love Four stars, No. 21 CB 
RB Deon McIntosh Three stars, No. 18 APB 
WR Javon McKinley Four stars, No. 11 WR, No. 59 
S D.J. Morgan Four stars, No. 23 S 
DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji Three stars, not in top 45 WDE 
DE Julian Okwara Four stars, No. 18 WDE 
S Spencer Perry Three stars, No. 44 S 
CB Troy Pride Jr. Four stars, No. 23 CB 
LS John Shannon Two stars 
WR Kevin Stepherson Three stars, No. 66 WR 
S Devin Studstill Three stars, No. 45 ATH 
CB Donte Vaughn Four stars, No. 20 S 

No. 3: 2015 class

• By the numbers: 24 signees — 13 four-star recruits and 11 three-star recruits — for the No. 11 class in the country.

The Irish have often had to settle for three-star talent at the end of a recruiting cycle, but the 2015 class broke from that trend. The last six commitments in the class were four-star recruits. The streak ended with a bang when running back Dexter Williams and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown committed on signing day.

The class was filled with standout players with six recruits ranked in the top 10 at their positions: quarterback Brandon Wimbush, center Tristen Hoge, tight end Alizé Mack, inside linebacker Te’von Coney, cornerback Shaun Crawford and kicker Justin Yoon. Both Hoge and Yoon were labeled as the best players at their positions in the country.

Wimbush solved Notre Dame’s precarious quarterback situation after losing a commitment from Blake Barnett. He was given an impressive group of wide receivers with St. Brown and fellow four-star recruits Miles Boykin and C.J. Sanders.

A strong trio of four-star linebackers (Coney, Josh Barajas and Asmar Bilal) anchored the Irish defense with questions elsewhere. Four-star prospect Jerry Tillery, who originally committed to Notre Dame as an offensive lineman, helped rescue a motley crew of defensive tackles with a position switch. But that left Notre Dame light on the offensive line help beyond Hoge.

Notre Dame also took a chance on some reaches at defensive back with three-star safety Nicco Fertitta and three-star cornerbacks Nick Coleman and Ashton White.

2015 class Rivals ranking 
RB Josh Adams Three stars, No. 47 RB 
LB Josh Barajas Four stars, No. 13 OLB, No. 180 
LB Asmar Bilal Four stars, No. 17 OLB, No. 246 
WR Miles Boykin Four stars, No. 17 WR, No. 156 
CB Nick Coleman Three stars, No. 63 CB 
LB Te'von Coney Four stars, No. 6 ILB, No. 118 
CB Shaun Crawford Four stars, No. 7 CB, No. 82 
DT Micah Dew-Treadway Three stars, No. 36 DT 
S Nicco Fertitta Three stars, No. 54 S 
WR Jalen Guyton Three stars, No. 56 WR 
OL Tristen Hoge Four stars, No. 1 C, No. 150 
TE Alizé MackFour stars, No. 4 TE, No. 133
OL Trevor Ruhland Three stars, No. 30 OG 
WR C.J. Sanders Four stars, No. 37 WR 
WR Equanimeous St. Brown Four stars, No. 15 WR, No. 144 
DT Elijah Taylor Three stars, No. 39 DT 
DT Brandon TiassumThree stars, No. 28 DT 
DT Jerry Tillery Four stars, No. 15 DT 
DE Bo Wallace Three stars, No. 26 OLB 
DB Ashton White Three stars, No. 75 CB 
RB Dexter Williams Four stars, No. 12 RB, No. 120 
S Mykelti Williams Four stars, No. 16 S, No. 237 
QB Brandon Wimbush Four stars, No. 4 DUAL, No. 60
K Justin Yoon Three stars, No. 1 K 

No. 4: 2018 class

• By the numbers: 27 signees —12 four-star recruits and 15 three-star recruits — for the No. 11 class in the country.

A class of 27 recruits naturally offers a lot of depth for the Irish. But the greatest strength of this class isn’t its quantity. It’s the high-level talent at the top.

Rivals included 10 Notre Dame signees among the top 250 in the country for the 2018 class. Seven of those recruits came on defense: defensive back Houston Griffith, safety Derrik Allen, cornerback Noah Boykin, linebackers Jack Lamb and Bo Bauer, rover Shayne Simon and defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola. That haul could end up being the best collection of defensive talent in a single Kelly class.

The offensive firepower should bolster the passing game with four-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec and a trio of four-star wide receivers: Kevin Austin, Braden Lenzy and Micah Jones. The Irish didn’t sign a four-star recruit on the offensive line or at running back, but they pulled in serviceable players at both position groups. For whatever reason, a successful rushing attack in the 2017 season didn’t attract big-time players.

More difference makers on the offensive and defensive lines would have pushed the 2018 class higher on this list. The Irish were unable to land a potent pass rusher once again.

2018 class Rivals ranking 
DT Jayson Ademilola Four stars, No. 13 DT, No. 169 
DE Justin Ademilola Three stars, No. 34 SDE 
S Derrik Allen Four stars, No. 11 S, No. 135 
WR Kevin Austin Four stars, No. 15 WR, No. 88 
LB Bo Bauer Four stars, No. 5 ILB, No. 158 
CB Noah Boykin Four stars, No. 21 CB, No. 204 
CB Tariq Bracy Three stars, No. 36 ATH 
CB DJ Brown Three stars, No. 67 CB 
OL John Dirksen Three stars, No. 37 OT
RB C'Bo Flemister Three stars, not in top 50 RB 
DT Ja'mion Franklin Three stars, No. 34 DT
DB Houston Griffith Four stars, No. 4 S, No. 43 
OL Luke Jones Three stars, No. 45 OT 
WR Micah Jones Four stars, No. 38 WR, No. 192 
QB Phil Jurkovec Four stars, No. 5 DUAL, No. 87 
WR Lawrence Keys III Three stars, not in top 100 WR 
LB Jack Lamb Four stars, No. 2 ILB, No. 77 
WR Braden Lenzy Four stars, No. 12 ATH 
OL Cole MabryThree stars, No. 63 OT
S Paul Moala Three stars, not in top 55 S 
LB Ovie Oghoufo Three stars, No. 40 OLB 
OL Jarrett Patterson Three stars, No. 29 OT 
ROV Shayne Simon Four stars, No. 14 OLB, No. 168 
RB Jahmir Smith Three stars, No. 20 RB 
TE George Takacs Four stars, No. 11 TE 
TE Tommy Tremble Three stars, No. 20 TE 
CB Joe Wilkins Jr. Three stars, not in top 85 CB 

No. 5: 2014 class

• By the numbers: 23 signees — one five-star recruit, 10 four-star recruits and 12 three-star recruits — for the No. 11 class in the country.

Former Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand had really settled into his role as a recruiter by the time the 2014 class signed letters-of-intent. A star-studded offensive line lifted Notre Dame’s class ranking once more.

Offensive guard Quenton Nelson stood at the top of the class as the lone five-star recruit. But he was joined by three more four-star offensive linemen: Alex Bars, Sam Mustipher and Jimmy Byrne.

The offense had plenty of talent elsewhere with quarterback DeShone Kizer, wide receivers Justin Brent and Corey Holmes and tight end Nic Weishar.

The other side of the ball didn’t have nearly as much star power. Linebacker Nyles Morgan, cornerback Nick Watkins and defensive tackle Jay Hayes counted as the only three four-star recruits on defense. The Irish took some risks at defensive end and only signed one other defensive back: three-star safety Drue Tranquill.

2014 class Rivals ranking 
OL Alex BarsFour stars, No. 10 OT, No. 98
DE Grant Blankenship Three stars, No. 29 SDE 
DE Jonathan Bonner Three stars, not in top 35 WDE 
WR Justin Brent Four stars, No. 11 WR, No. 84 
OL Jimmy Byrne Four stars, No. 30 OT 
DT Daniel Cage Three stars, No. 27 DT
DT Jay Hayes Four stars, No. 14 DT, No. 233 
LB Kolin Hill Three stars, No. 21 ILB 
WR Corey Holmes Four stars, No. 29 WR, No. 224 
QB DeShone Kizer Four stars, No. 9 DUAL 
TE Tyler Luatua Three stars, No. 12 TE 
LB Greer Martini Three stars, not in top 30 ILB 
DT Pete Mokwuah Three stars, not in top 45 DT 
LB Nyles Morgan Four stars, No. 5 ILB, No. 72 
OL Sam Mustipher Four stars, No. 12 OG, No. 203 
OL Quenton Nelson Five stars, No. 3 OT, No. 29
P Tyler Newsome Three stars, No. 6 K 
LB Nile SykesThree stars, No. 20 ILB 
S Drue Tranquill Three stars, No. 32 S 
DE Andrew Trumbetti Three stars, No. 17 WDE 
CB Nick Watkins Four stars, No. 15 CB, No. 186 
TE Nic WeisharFour stars, No. 7 TE 
DE Jhonny Williams Three stars, not in top 35 SDE 

No. 6: 2011 class

• By the numbers: 23 signees — two five-star recruits, eight four-star recruits, 12 three-star recruits and one two-star recruit — for the No. 10 class in the country.

There’s little to debate: the best defensive line class of the Kelly era came in 2011, even if the careers didn’t play out that way. The Irish signed two five-star defensive ends, Stephon Tuitt and Ishaq Williams, and four-star prospect Aaron Lynch. All three pass rushers finished in the top 30 regardless of position in the 2011 class.

The rest of the four-star talent was spread out pretty evenly, if thinly, in the class. On offense, Notre Dame signed four four-star recruits: wide receivers DaVaris Daniels and George Atkinson III, offensive lineman Matt Hegarty and tight end Ben Koyack.

Defensive end Ben Councell, safety Eilar Hardy and two-way player Troy Niklas brought some toughness to the defense.

The Irish were left in need of more help at cornerback and running back and three-star quarterback Everett Golson set to take charge of the offense.

2011 class Rivals ranking 
WR George Atkinson III Four stars, No. 7 ATH, No. 126 
CB Josh AtkinsonThree stars, No. 41 CB 
K Kyle Brindza Two stars, No. 17 K
CB Jalen Brown Three stars, not in top 65 CB
DE Brad Carrico Three stars, No. 52 SDE 
OLB Ben Councell Four stars, No. 5 WDE, No. 91 
WR DaVaris Daniels Four stars, No. 21 WR, No. 178 
ATH Matthias FarleyThree stars, not in top 65 ATH 
LB Jarrett Grace Three stars, No. 24 ILB 
QB Everett Golson Three stars, No. 16 DUAL 
OL Conor Hanratty Three stars, No. 38 OG 
S Eilar HardyFour stars, No. 15 S, No. 217 
OL Matt Hegarty Four stars, No. 6 OT, No. 70
DE Chase Hounshell Three stars, No. 59 OT 
TE Ben Koyack Four stars, No. 7 TE, No. 82
DE Aaron Lynch Four stars, No. 3 SDE, No. 28 
OL Nick MartinThree stars, No. 66 OT 
RB Cam McDaniel Three stars, not in top 15 APB 
OLB Troy Niklas Four stars, No. 24 OT, No. 221 
DE Anthony Rabasa Three stars, No. 11 WDE 
DE Tony Springmann Three stars, No. 39 SDE 
DE Stephon TuittFive stars, No. 2 SDE, No. 22 
DE Ishaq Williams Five stars, No. 2 WDE, No. 16 

No. 7: 2017 class

• By the numbers: 21 signees — eight four-star recruits, 12 three-star recruits and one two-star recruit — for the No. 13 class in the country.

A 4-8 season in 2016 affected the Irish on the recruiting trail. Notre Dame’s class hemorrhaged commitments and left the Irish scrambling for new targets down the stretch. That led to a number of three-star recruits filling the holes in the class. The average star-rating of 3.33 for the 2017 class is the lowest of Kelly’s tenure.

If not for the ability to successfully recruit offensive linemen and tight ends consistently, the 2017 class would have been in a really tough spot. Five of the eight four-star recruits came on the offensive line (Robert Hainsey, Josh Lugg and Aaron Banks) and at tight end (Brock Wright and Cole Kmet).

The remaining four-star ratings went to running back C.J. Holmes, defensive tackle Darnell Ewell and safety Isaiah Robertson.

The Irish were left with questionable options at quarterback and linebacker and zero cornerbacks.

2017 class Rivals ranking 
LB David Adams Three stars, No. 18 ILB 
WR Jafar Armstrong Three stars, No. 77 WR 
OL Aaron Banks Four stars, No. 13 OT, No. 121 
QB Avery Davis Three stars, No. 19 DUAL 
K Jonathan Doerer Two stars, not in Top 5 K 
DT Darnell Ewell Four stars, No. 9 DT, No. 139 
S Jordan Genmark Heath Three stars, No. 67 ATH 
OL Dillan Gibbons Three stars, No. 56 OT 
OL Robert Hainsey Four stars, No. 11 OT, No. 108
DT Kurt HinishThree stars, No. 38 DT 
RB C.J. Holmes Four stars, No. 5 APB, No. 203 
TE Cole Kmet Four stars, No. 3 TE, No. 95 
OL Josh Lugg Four stars, No. 22 OT, No. 236 
DE Jonathon MacCollister Three stars, not in top 40 SDE 
ROV Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Three stars, No. 40 OLB 
S Isaiah Robertson Four stars, No. 18 ATH, No. 202 
DT Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa Three stars, No. 39 DT 
DE Kofi Wardlow Three stars, No. 47 WDE 
LB Drew White Three stars, not in top 35 ILB 
TE Brock Wright Four stars, No. 1 TE, No. 44 
WR Michael YoungThree stars, No. 71 WR 

No. 8: 2012 class

• By the numbers: 17 signees — one five-star recruit, eight four-star recruits, seven three-star recruits and one two-star recruit — for the No. 20 class in the country.

Kelly’s smallest class at Notre Dame was also his lowest-ranked class. But the 2012 class doesn’t get bottom billing here. The Irish had high hopes for a top-heavy class with a few gambles at positions.

Five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel was heralded as the top pro-style quarterback in the country. The Irish even won out on four-star wide receiver Davonte' Neal’s recruitment after a prolonged announcement. But the smaller class didn’t allow Notre Dame to load up at any position.

The best four-star groupings came at defensive tackle with Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones and running back with KeiVarae Russell and Will Mahone. Cornerback Tee Shepard and safety Elijah Shumate offered four-star talent in the secondary, and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley found himself as the lone four-star recruit on the offensive line.

The class included zero linebackers or tight ends and lacked a top-end pass rusher and quality depth at wide receiver.

2012 class Rivals ranking 
ATH Nicky Baratti Three stars, No. 29 ATH 
WR Chris Brown Three stars, No. 81 WR 
LS Scott Daly Two stars 
DT Sheldon DayFour stars, No. 18 DT, No. 244 
WR Justin Ferguson Three stars, No. 58 WR 
OL Mark Harrell Three stars, No. 25 OG 
DT Jarron Jones Four stars, No. 14 DT, No. 199 
QB Gunner Kiel Five stars, No. 1 PRO, No. 20 
RB Will Mahone Four stars, No. 18 RB, No. 197 
WR Davonte' NealFour stars, No. 17 WR, No. 107 
DE Romeo Okwara Three stars, No. 35 WDE 
S CJ Prosise Three stars, not in top 60 S 
RB KeiVarae Russell Four stars, No. 9 ATH, No. 124 
CB Tee ShepardFour stars, No. 4 CB, No. 76 
S Elijah Shumate Four stars, No. 8 S, No. 113 
OL Ronnie Stanley Four stars, No. 15 OT, No. 176 
S John Turner Three stars, not in top 60 S 

No. 9: 2010 class

• By the numbers: 23 signees — 10 four-star recruits, 12 three-star recruits and one two-star recruit — for the No. 14 class in the country.

The worst recruiting class of Kelly’s tenure was the one he spent the least amount of time assembling. Kelly, who was hired at Notre Dame in December of 2009, had less than two months to put together the finishing touches before signing day for the 2010 class.

In that span, Notre Dame added eight new commitments with only two of those players — offensive tackle Matt James and linebacker Danny Spond — receiving four-star ratings. Kelly inherited the other eight four-star recruits in the class.

Most of that talent came on offense with one four-star recruit at every position: quarterback Andrew Hendrix, running back Cam Roberson, wide receiver TJ Jones, tight end Alex Welch and offensive lineman Christian Lombard.

Linebacker was the strength of the class with Spond joining four-star prospects Prince Shembo and Kendall Moore. They would have the chance to work behind four-star defensive tackle Louis Nix.

But Notre Dame was talent-starved in the secondary. And the Irish signed a rare two-star position player in tight end Bruce Heggie.

2010 class Rivals ranking  
S Chris Badger Three stars, No. 41 S 
CB Spencer Boyd Three stars, No. 39 CB  
S Austin Collinsworth Three stars, not in top 80 S  
TE Bruce HeggieTwo stars  
QB Andrew Hendrix Four stars, No. 13 PRO, No. 235  
WR Bennett Jackson Three stars, No. 61 WR  
OL Matt James Four stars, No. 14 OT, No. 86  
WR TJ JonesFour stars, No. 19 WR, No. 141 
OL Christian LombardFour stars, No. 5 OG  
QB Luke Massa Three stars, No. 28 PRO  
LB Kendall Moore Four stars, No. 22 OLB 
OL Tate Nichols Three stars, No. 62 OT  
DT Louis Nix Four stars, No. 7 DT, No. 85  
QB Tommy Rees Three stars, No. 31 PRO  
ATH Derek Roback Three stars, not in top 90 ATH  
RB Cam Roberson Four stars, No. 17 RB, No. 231  
DE Kona SchwenkeThree stars, No. 34 WDE  
LB Prince ShemboFour stars, No. 7 ILB  
WR Daniel Smith Three stars, No. 89 WR  
LB Danny SpondFour stars, No. 27 ATH  
DT Justin Utupo Three stars, No. 62 DT 
TE Alex Welch Four stars, No. 12 TE  
CB Lo WoodThree stars, No. 44 CB  

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Head coach Brian Kelly's best signing day haul came in the 2013 class which included five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith (right). Photo courtesy of The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel