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Notre Dame’s 2013 class has lot of big names including Jaylon Smith, Max Redfield, Eddie Vanderdoes and Greg Bryant. But, as everyone knows, great teams are not completely built by 5-star talent. The team needs 4-star and even 3-star talent to survive. Last year, Notre Dame thrived with “underrated” recruits”. Mathias Farley started at Safety for the majority of the season. Coming out of high school, he was a consensus 3-star recruit. Here are this year’s 5 most underrated recruits:
Corey Robinson — WR — San Antonio, TX (San Antonio Christian)
Corey Robinson comes into Notre Dame as a 4-star recruit but has the tools to become an elite Wide Receiver or Tight End. Of course, his position will depend on how much he grows. It has been well-documented that his father, former NBA player David Robinson, grew from about 6’8″ to 7’1″ when he was in college. Robinson has only played about 3 years of football. With his current 6’4″ – 6’5″ frame, Robinson could be a big target for Notre Dame’s Offense in the future. He will need to add weight and speed
Rashad Kinlaw — CB — Absecon, NJ (Absegami)
Kinlaw is a very intriguing prospect. He played Quarterback for his High School team. Kinlaw is extremely athletic but has limited experience at the Defensive Back position. If he can learn the position, he will be Notre Dame’s Cornerback that has the most prototypical size and speed. This might take a while but if it happens he could be a first round NFL prospect.
Michael Deeb — LB — Plantation, FL (American Heritage School)
Deeb is a consensus 3-star Linebacker prospect from Plantation, Florida. He plays very physical against the run and improve greatly his Senior year. He definitely is not Manti Te’o as a prospect. But, he could be a serviceable player for 4-years at Notre Dame.
James Onwualu — WR — Saint Paul, MN (Cretin Durham Hall)
Onwualu has the drive to be a great player. Notre Dame has recruited multiple players from Cretin Durham Hall including former Notre Dame Left Tackle Ryan Harris and current Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Michael Floyd. He definitely has the history that would suggest he would be a star. But, he also has the versatility to be successful in several positions including Wide Receiver, Slot Receiver and Running Back. He will find a place to be a great player.
Will Fuller — WR — Philadelphia, PA (Roman Catholic)
Fuller has the best ball skills of any of the recruits that Notre Dame has brought in the 2013 class. He seems to come down with every ball. Fuller needs to develop physically as a player before he can put those skills to use. Once he does that, he could develop into a go to receiver.