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Irish in the Recruiting Rankings

Recruiting rankings are an ever-changing part of the process and after all the rises and falls dating back to when the 2013 was initially rated among the nation's best, 247Sports has compiled its final update following an All-American circuit that included the Offense-Defense (Dec. 30), Semper Fidelis (Jan. 4), Under Armour (Jan. 4) and U.S. Army (Jan. 5).

Irish LB commit Jaylon Smith is rated as the No. 2 player in the land according to the 247Composite.

Representatives from 247Sports including JC Shurburtt, Gerry Hamilton, Steve Wiltfong, Barton Simmons, Keith Niebuhr, Brian Perroni, Chris Nee, Sonny Shipp, Charles Power, Steve Helwagen and Taylor Hamm were present at the four All-America games noted in an effort to gather the most up-to-date notes on where the nation's best stack up against similar competition.

Notre Dame was well-represented with one commit in the Offense-Defense (Isaac Rochell), five in the Semper Fi (Devin Butler, Will Fuller, Cole Luke, Mike McGlinchey and Malik Zaire), four in the Under Armour (Hunter Bivin, Tarean Folston, Colin McGovern and Max Redfield) and seven in the U.S. Army (Greg Bryant, Steve Elmer, Torii Hunter Jr., John Montelus, Doug Randolph, Corey Robinson and Jaylon Smith), leaving only five members of the class that didn't participate in a contest - Rashad Kinlaw (selected for the Chesapeake Bowl but didn't participate), Mike Heuerman (early enrollee), James Onwualu (opted against playing in U.S. Army), Jacob Matuska and Michael Deeb.

Irish Strong in Top247

The Irish have...

** Four commits in the Top100

** 12 pledges in the Top247

** 1 five-star, 17 four-stars and 4 four-stars

Here's a look at where Notre Dame's pledges ranking among the Top247 nationally [247Composite rating]:

Notre Dame DB plege Devin Butler is rated within the Top247 for the first time following strong weeks at the Chesapeake Bowl and Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

No. 5 - Jaylon Smith, LB, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers [2]

No. 41 - Max Redfield, DB, Mission Viejo (Calif.) [27]

No. 43 - Hunter Bivin, OL, Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo [101]

No. 77 - Cole Luke, DB, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton [138]

No. 122 - Tarean Folston, RB, Cocoa (Fla.) [122]

No. 127 - Isaac Rochell, DL, McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing Christian Academy [114]

No. 128 - Greg Bryant, RB, Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage [43]

No. 131 - Mike McGlinchey, OL, Philadelphia William Penn Charter [162]

No. 136 - Steve Elmer, OL, Midland (Mich.) [112]

No. 189 - Devin Butler, DB, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga [329]

No. 201 - Rashad Kinlaw, DB, Absecon (N.J.) Absegami [365]

No. 215 - Mike Heuerman, TE, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier [254]

Worth Noting:

- Elmer made a significant jump in the ranking from No. 226 to No. 136.

Remaining Targets in Top247

Here's a look at where the Irish targets rate among the Top247 nationally [247Composite rating]:

No. 6 - Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, Auburn (Calif.) Placer [9]

No. 85 - Ty Isaac, RB, Joliet (Ill.) Joliet Catholic [49]

No. 102 - Kylie Fitts, DL, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley [89]

No. 126 - Sebastian LaRue, ATH, Santa Monica (Calif.) [153]

No. 188 - Durham Smythe, TE, Belton (Texas) [249]

No. 240 - Torrodney Prevot, DL, Houston Taylor [195]

Worth Noting:

- The only remaining target that isn't in the Top247 is outside linebacker/defensive end Deon Hollins of Missouri City (Texas) Marshall.

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Irish Class Still A Contender For Pole Position

Following the decommitment of inside linebacker Alex Anzalone, who the 247Sports team decided to upgrade to a five-star recruit and No. 32 player in the country prior to his flip and early enrollment at Florida, Notre Dame's 2013 haul remained among the top in the land and check in at No. 3 in the network and No. 4 in the 247Composite - an industry-generated ranking.

Former Irish pledges outside linebacker Danny Mattingly (Oregon) and running back Jamel James (undecided) are outside of the Top247.

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