Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Analyzing Irish Hopes for National Signing Day

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIJanuary 25, 2013

Eddie Vanderdoes is one of the best recruits still out there.
Eddie Vanderdoes is one of the best recruits still out there.

Notre Dame Football recruiting season is almost over as national signing day is almost here. It's time to analyze the Irish's hopes for this day.

What can the Irish expect to add what 247Sports has ranked as the third-best recruiting class in the country?

We analyze their hopes for national signing day. 


Eddie Vanderdoes, DT

Eddie Vanderdoes is the sixth-best player in the country and the best defensive tackle, according to 247Sports.

After decommiting from USC, Vanderdoes is considering Alabama, Notre Dame, Washington, UCLA and USC.

He's an incredible talent who has great size and speed and the ability to play all over the line.

He has star potential and would keep the Irish defense at an elite level.

If they can sign Vanderdoes, Notre Dame will come out as big winners on national signing day.


Kylie Fitts, DE

Kylie Fitts is another player to decommit from USC and has now opened up his recruiting. 

The defensive end is looking at Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington and Arizona. 

He's ranked as the seventh-best defensive end in the country according to 247Sports. 

Notre Dame has only one true defensive end commit, in Isaac Rochell. Adding a player like Fitts, who plays with a lot of intensity, would provide depth along the line and put in place someone who could see a lot of playing time his freshmen season. 


Durham Smythe, TE

Durham Smythe would add another talented tight end to an Irish team known for producing them.

Although they already have a budding top tight end in Mike Heuerman, adding someone of Smythe's caliber would just give the Irish an embarrassment of riches.

The 6'5", 233-pound is also considering Stanford, Michigan, Baylor and Florida according to 247Sports.

He has great size, obviously, but is also really fast and could prove to be a solid two-way tight end—someone who could play inline as a blocker or split out wide.

Smythe would be a great target for Everett Golson going forward.


Final Word

If the Irish can sign any one of these three players, it'll be a great day.

The biggest prize is Vanderdoes, as he possesses elite talent. However, even if they end up with Smythe, it'll be impressive.

They have a great class as it is—anything else is just gravy.