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“And sometimes you have to over-communicate that message. And we had four coaches there to make certain that that message was clear.”

Kelly added he’s in favor of an early signing period for football recruits to relieve some of the pressure that’s put on them.

“Those young men are 17 years old, 18 years old, and they’re getting bombarded with professional recruitment for months on end,” Kelly said. “And I think the early signing period allows that to end at a period where the young man can make a decision and go. That’s why I’m in favor of it.”

Other players added were early enrollee defensive lineman Brad Carrico; defensive back Jalen Brown; linebacker Ben Councell; defensive back Matthias Farley; linebacker Jarrett Grace; defensive lineman Chase Hounshell; defensive back Eilar Hardy; linebacker Anthony Rabasa; and defensive lineman Tony Springmann.

Cam McDaniel of Coppell, Texas., was the lone running back signed. The Irish also beefed up their offensive front with Matt Hegarty and Nick Martin, whose brother Zack is a starting offensive tackle for the Irish; Notre Dame got a tight end in Ben Koyack; Kicker/punter Kyle Brindza is another early enrollee.