Rivals: Notre Dame's recruiting class 'most overlooked'

Rivals: Notre Dame's recruiting class 'most overlooked'
February 17, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class wasn't ranked by Rivals as a top 10 group, but that doesn't mean its crop of incoming freshmen won't make a major impact.

Rivals' Mike Farrell compiled a few final superlatives on the 2014 recruiting cycle, and wrote that Notre Dame's class is the "most overlooked." Here's his analysis:

The class most overlooked this season is the one put together by Notre Dame. While it didn't finish in the national top 10, the Fighting Irish helped themselves at many key positions including slot receiver, offensive line and defensive tackle. The big question is quarterback where DeShone Kizer is a few years away from being polished, but the addition of Blake Barnett in 2015 will help with that. I think Justin Brent makes the most immediate impact but long-term Quenton Nelson and Nyles Morgan have a chance to be very special. 

Kizer being a few years away doesn't appear to be too big a deal, with Everett Golson holding two more years of eligibility and Malik Zaire slated to challenge him for the No. 1 quarterback job in the coming months. The quarterback position, given the talent on the depth chart and the additions of Kizer and Barnett -- who's a top 100 prospect for 2015 -- shouldn't be an area of concern going forward.

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What was an area of concern for Notre Dame was along the offensive and defensive lines, as well as linebacker. Notre Dame did well to fill those needs, while also adding complementary skill players like Brent, Corey Holmes and Nick Watkins. 

Among Farrell's other nuggets: USC did the best job recruiting, Florida State has a ton of momentum and Rutgers' class was awful.