Irish land three commits on Rivals 100 list

Irish land three commits on Rivals 100 list
August 20, 2013, 10:15 am
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With the recruiting class of 2014 beginning its prep season, released its Top 100 players -- and Notre Dame had four verbal commits on the list, but is now down to three.

The highest-rated Irish commit was Elijah Hood at No. 14, a five-star running back from Charlotte. Hood may be most famous for posting a video of him flushing recruiting letters from Alabama down a toilet, but the No. 1 player in North Carolina rushed for 3,309 yards and 48 touchdowns with Charlotte Catholic last year.

Hood, however, decommitted from Notre Dame on Tuesday.

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Red Bank, N.J. offensive lineman Quenton Nelson also cracked the top 20 at No. 19. The 6-foot-5, 301 pound Nelson is rated as a five-star prospect, the No. 3 tackle in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.

Alex Bars, another offensive lineman, came in at No. 36 on the list. A native of Nashville, Tenn., Bars has a four-star rating and is ranked as the No. 7 tackle in the class of 2014.

Last of the Irish players on the list is wide receiver Justin Brent at No. 74. The No. 2 player in the state of Indiana and No. 26 wide receiver in the class of 2014 caught 54 passes for 992 yards in his junior season last fall for Speedway High School in Indianapolis.

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Overall, Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class is ranked No. 6 by Rivals. Not surprisingly, the SEC dominates the top 25: Tennessee (No. 1), Alabama (No. 2), Kentucky (No. 7), Georgia (No. 9), Ole Miss (No. 10), Texas A&M (No. 11), Florida (No. 14), LSU (No. 16), Vanderbilt (No. 21) and Auburn (No. 22).

The Irish have nine players verbally committed for 2014 with four-star ratings or higher: Nelson has a five-star rating to go along with eight four-star players: Bars, Brent, OL Jimmy Byrne, DT Jay Hayes, WR Corey Holmes, QB DeShone Kizer, OL Sam Mustipher and LB Richard Yeargin III.