Notre Dame adds DL Vanderdoes, signs 24 recruits

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“That impacts your program, I’m telling you,” Kelly said. “It impacts the way you practice. You don’t get a chance to tackle quite as much, and all those things begin to show themselves when you’re below the scholarship numbers.”

The Irish also added two wide receivers with famous fathers: wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., whose father signed with the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, and Corey Robinson, whose father, David, was a Hall of Fame basketball player with the San Antonio Spurs.

Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports called the recruiting class Notre Dame’s best since 2008, when the Irish had the consensus No. 2 class. That class featured Michael Floyd, tight end Kyle Rudolph, defensive back Robert Blanton and linebacker Darius Fleming. Each was an NFL draft pick.

Lemming said the key for the Notre Dame coaching staff is to follow this year’s class up with another strong class next year.

“If you want to be in Alabama territory that means you have to put four great classes back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Notre Dame has not been able to do that. So depth-wise, talent-wise they’re not able to practice as hard as Alabama is because one guy goes out they have another guy just as good to come in. Notre Dame didn’t have that luxury,” he said.

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