The competition between Notre Dame and Alabama extends far beyond the playing field of the 2013 BCS National Championship game this season.
While that matchup will determine 2013's national champion, there are a few recruits that both the Tide and Fighting Irish have set their sights on.
The list is not long, but it certainly features impressive recruits that would be marquee recruiting wins for either program.
Here are the top recruits considering both Notre Dame and Alabama:
3. Kendell Beckwith, 4-star S WDE, East Feliciana High School (LA)
Beckwith is really an outlier for Notre Dame, but is one of the most noteworthy potential recruits for the Fighting Irish. If they do go on to win the BCS National Championship, who knows exactly how it would impact his thought process in regards to the Fighting Irish and Alabama.
Speaking of Alabama, that's where most Beckwith's interest seems to lie, along with LSU. According to his 247Sports interest list, LSU is the leader in recruiting Beckwith followed by Alabama. Considering LSU is his home state school, the Tigers have a great chance to land his commitment.
Like I said though, don't underestimate how big watching either Alabama or Notre Dame win a championship could be to his decision making process.
2. Alquadin Muhammad, 4-star SDE, Don Bosco High School (N.J.)
Miami has all of a sudden become a major player for Muhammad's commitment, but Notre Dame has been the most consistent school in the running for the 4-star defensive end for a while now.
Alabama has recently entered the equation as well for Muhammad, and Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports is reporting that he will make a decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl from the three aforementioned schools.
Notre Dame has been the long-time favorite for Muhammad, but with Miami making a push and Alabama always a viable option, this will be an interesting decision.
Rutgers is also another potential landing spot for Muhammad.
Muhammad projects to be a very good traditional 4-3 defensive end, but he could even thrive as a 3-4 outside linebacker, specifically the "Jack" outside linebacker position.
1. Eddie Vanderdoes, 5-star DT, Placer High School (CA)
Ever since Eddie Vanderdoes decommitted from USC, Notre Dame has emerged as a strong favorite for his commitment. He looks to have a visit set up with Notre Dame coming forJanuary, and is drawn to their academic success, according to his quotes via Tyler James of SouthBendTribune.com:
"One of the things that intrigues me about Notre Dame is the academic prestige. They graduate 99 percent of their athletes," Vanderdoes said. "You go to Notre Dame, you graduate and you're set for life. Football's not forever. It's a great culmination of football and a great program with tradition. They're back on the rise again. That really sticks out to me."
Notre Dame looks to have a great shot to land the 5-star defensive tackle, but don't count out Alabama either. Vanderdoes has Alabama in his top five according to 247Sports, and Nick Saban's program will always be a draw for big-time defensive line recruits.
Either way, Vanderdoes is going to be a big-time recruiting win for whichever program he ends up at. It's worth noting that USC does have a great chance to win his commitment back and the Trojans will get his final visit, per Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com.
Still, look out for Alabama as an outlier in this recruiting race, especially if they beat the Fighting Irish in the championship game.