Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Who they have: Notre Dame's class has to start with five-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith, one of the country's top athletes regardless of position. Smith is the lynchpin of the Irish class, and he will team with ESPN 150 prospect Doug Randolph to form one of the top outside linebacker tandems in the country. Notre Dame added ATH Max Redfield, a former USC commit who is No. 23 in the ESPN 150, and he will likely play safety although he could play wide receiver. The Irish's backfield is shaping up nicely with ESPN 150 running back Greg Bryant, the nation's No. 2 RB, and ESPN 150 recruit and No. 6 athlete Tarean Folston to go along with ESPN 300 quarterback Malik Zaire. Notre Dame has a pair of top 10 offensive tackles to pave the way for that backfield in Colin McGovern and Hunter Bivin.

Who they want: The Fighting Irish could be the biggest beneficiaries of some decommitments at USC, as two of their final targets are former Trojans pleges or commits looking around. Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, the No. 1 DT in the country, decommitted from USC on Dec. 28 and the Irish are on the short list of schools he's considering. He will decide on signing day. The Irish tried to flip two California commits in UCLA's Deon Hollins Jr. and USC commit Torrodney Prevot, but both have ruled out Notre Dame. Hollins reaffirmed to UCLA following his Jan. 25 Notre Dame official visit and Prevot is no longer visiting Feb. 1.

-- Jared Shanker, RecruitingNation