According to Rivals.com, Notre Dame currently has 22 commitments for the 2013 season. This includes one 5 star player, twelve 4 star players, and nine 3 star players. Currently Notre Dame is ranked 4th overall in recruiting for 2013. Coach Kelly is making some big moves going after Greg Bryant who was never really on Notre Dame’s map. After Notre Dame beat USC Coach Kelly decided that Ty Isaac was now a possibility, who is already committed to USC. Sebastian LaRue is a wide receiver committed to USC, but there is a possibility that he could visit the Irish late in the offseason. These are all new are all new targets that Notre Dame is seriously going after now, because of the success they have had during the season.
The 5’11’’ 197 pounds running back from Delray Beach, Florida is now considering the Irish. He is the 2nd best running back in the 2013 class and ranked as the 14th best recruit. As a 5 star running back coming out of high school means that you have it all, speed, toughness, durability, agility, and strength. On film he uses all of those attributes to make guys miss. He can also catch the football in traffic very well. During high school they would split him out at flanker when they went 5 wide and he would go up and get the football. If Notre Dame could somehow land this guy it would be a huge surprise to all, but they have a realistic shot. Bryant was once committed to Oklahoma last spring, but de-committed during the summer to pursue other schools. He is visiting on December 6th and we will see what happens after that.
Standing at 6’3’’ 215 pounds, which is pretty big for a running back. Many people classify him as a power back, but I don’t see him that way. Isaac is an all-around back, but you really don’t see him use his size to his advantage very much. He will juke people and then use his speed to score, but I don’t see him putting his shoulder down very much. He does get those extra couple yards each play, since he is so big. He is ranked the 3rd best running back and the 19th best player in the nation for the 2013 class. He recently stated that he is committed to USC and that’s it, but he also said that if anything were to change with USC, then he would start talking more to other coaches.
At 5’10’’ 175 pounds this recruit is yet another USC commit that Notre Dame is pursuing. He is ranked as the 27th best wide out and 218th best player in the 2013 class. After watching his film you could say that he has a little Golden Tate in him. Personally Golden Tate was one of the most exciting players for the Irish in the past 5 years. Although LaRue isn’t Golden yet, I think there is potential to be. He is fast, but at only 5’10’’ don’t underestimate his jump ball ability. There were many goal line situations for this guy in high school, where they would just throw the ball up and tell him to go get it. LaRue adjusts well to all the throws when running a fade in the endzone.
Overall, the Irish are making some big moves trying to bring in an elite running back for this class. It is possible, but I wouldn’t be surprised if in a week that Isaac is no longer a target. Unless something drastic happens to USC then he will more than likely stay. Personally I would rather have Bryant, because the guy was born to play football. Let’s hope he was born to play football at Notre Dame.