Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (center) waits to lead the Fighting Irish onto the field to play the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. PITT won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Sign 23 Players


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish pulled in an impressive collection of athletes on National Signing Day. The 2014 recruiting class is one of the best in the country.

Notre Dame’s class is ranked 6th by Scouts.com, 11th by ESPN, and 10th by 247sports.com. Rivals.com had the Irish with the 11th best class in the country.

The class is littered with talent. There was just one five-star recruit, but it also included 10 four-star caliber players. 13 of the players are currently on the defensive side of the ball, which will help to reinforce what will be a depleted defense next season.

Coach Brian Kelly was excited about the class and what it means to the future of the program.

“I really like the fact that this has come together and the fact that it really represents for us going into our fifth year the one thing that I believe that you’re looking for, and that is depth across the board,” Kelly said. “And I think some of the things that stand out, 18 of these recruits that are in this class were in the top 15 in their position group, and so that’s what we were trying to achieve in this class.”

Here is the list of players, courtesy of Notre Dame’s athletic office:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Bars, Alex OL 6-6 290 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)
Blankenship, Grant DL 6-6 264 The Colony, Texas (The Colony)
Bonner, Jonathan LB 6-3 245 Chesterfield, Mo. (Parkway Central)
Brent, Justin* WR 6-1 204 Speedway, Ind. (Speedway)
Byrne, Jimmy OL 6-4 285 Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Cage, Daniel DL 6-2 305 Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods)
Hayes, Jay DL 6-4 275 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Poly Prep Country Day)
Hill, Kolin LB 6-2 220 Schertz, Texas (Samuel Clemens)
Holmes, Corey WR 6-2 176 Pembroke Pines, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Kizer, DeShone QB 6-5 212 Toledo, Ohio (Central Catholic)
Luatua, Tyler TE 6-3 241 Paramount, Calif. (La Mirada)
Martini, Greer LB 6-3 225 Cary, N.C. (Woodberry Forest)
Mokwuah, Peter DL 6-4 315 Staten Island, N.Y. (St. Joseph by-the-Sea)
Morgan, Nyles LB 6-2 223 Crete, Ill. (Crete-Monee)
Mustipher, Sam OL 6-3 294 Olney, Md. (Good Counsel)
Nelson, Quenton OL 6-5 302 Holmdel, N.J. (Red Bank Catholic)
Newsome, Tyler P/K 6-3 190 Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)
Sykes, Nile LB 6-2 220 Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic)
Tranquill, Drue DB 6-2 210 Fort Wayne, Ind. (Carroll)
Trumbetti, Andrew* DL 6-3 260 Demarest, N.J. (North Valley Region)
Watkins, Nick DB 6-1 190 DeSoto, Texas (Bishop Dunne)
Weishar, Nic TE 6-4 215 Midlothian, Ill. (Marist)
Williams, Jhonny DL 6-5 230 Benton Harbor, Mich. (Berrien Springs)

Click here to view the full bio’s for each player.

We’ll take a more in-depth look at this class in the coming weeks.

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