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National Signing Day 2019: Ranking every Brian Kelly recruit after a decade at Notre Dame

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A lot of great names on this list.

NCAA Football: Navy at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

This 2019 recruiting class for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish represents the 10th class for Brian Kelly during his tenure so far in South Bend. Kelly was hired by Notre Dame in December of 2009, and he immediately went to work to help finish the 2010 class with some solid players.

A decade is a long time in college football, and that length of time makes a strong impact on the program. Like a lot of college football programs, Notre Dame has signed some great players and they have signed good players that ended up being great during their careers. There have also been those that either had a short time in South Bend, flopped, or otherwise never made much of a mark on the program.

One of the most striking things to me about this list is the pure tragedy that it displays. It has nothing to do with what happened on the field, but has everything to do with the heartbreaking loss of life by a young man. Both Matt James and Greg Bryant passed away far too young, and it’s just a difficult thing to try and understand.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS

These rankings are based purely off of the 247 Composite scores. If players had the same ranking, I ranked the player with the better career at ND higher. The players in BOLD are part of the 2019 recruiting class (even Foskey as this will be published before he announces).

  • 226 players signed LOI’s
  • 6) 5-Stars (Smith - Kraemer) during Kelly’s tenure.
  • 124) 4-Stars
  • 94) 3-Stars
  • 2) 2-Stars

THE RANKINGS

  1. Jaylon Smith OLB
  2. Aaron Lynch DE
  3. Ishaq Williams DE
  4. Gunner Kiel QB
  5. Max Redfield S
  6. Tommy Kraemer OL
  7. Stephon Tuitt DL
  8. Brandon Wimbush QB
  9. Tee Shepard CB
  10. Greg Bryant RB
  11. Ben Koyack TE
  12. DaVonte’ Neal ATH
  13. Nyles Morgan LB
  14. Matt Hegarty OL
  15. Quenton Nelson OL
  16. Kyle Hamilton S
  17. Alize Mack TE
  18. Louis Nix DT
  19. Brock Wright TE
  20. Houston Griffith DB
  21. Liam Eichenberg OL
  22. Cole Kmet TE
  23. Robert Hainsey OL
  24. Elijah Shumate S
  25. Kevin Austin WR
  26. Phil Jurkovec QB
  27. Tristen Hoge OL
  28. T.J. Jones WR
  29. Zeke Correll OL
  30. Shayne Simon LB
  31. Dexter Williams RB
  32. Justin Brent WR
  33. Jack Lamb LB
  34. Hunter Biven OL
  35. DaVaris Daniels WR
  36. Sheldon Day DT
  37. Derrik Allen S
  38. Tarean Folston RB
  39. Alex Bars OL
  40. Shaun Crawford CB
  41. Isaac Rochell DL
  42. Ronnie Stanley OL
  43. Quinn Carroll OL
  44. Matt James OL
  45. Steve Elmer OL
  46. Javon McKinley WR
  47. Jayson Ademilola DT
  48. Josh Lugg OL
  49. KeiVarae Russell
  50. Jarron Jones DT
  51. Daelin Hayes DE
  52. Josh Barajas LB
  53. Andrew Trumbetti DE
  54. Darnell Ewell DT
  55. John Montelus OL
  56. Jerry Tillery DT
  57. Cole Luke CB
  58. Zack Martin OL
  59. Jacob Lacey DT
  60. Aaron Banks OL
  61. Malik Zaire QB
  62. Equanimeous St. Brown WR
  63. Chase Claypool WR
  64. Mike McGlinchey OL
  65. Nick Watckins CB
  66. Andrew Kristofic OL
  67. Corey Holmes WR
  68. John Olmstead OL
  69. Christian Lombard OL
  70. Khalid Kareem DT
  71. Colin McGovern OL
  72. Asmar Bilal LB
  73. Troy Niklas TE
  74. Miles Boykin WR
  75. Will Mahone RB
  76. Braden Lenzy WR
  77. Tori Hunter Jr. WR
  78. Isaiah Rutherford CB
  79. Isaiah Foskey DE
  80. Osita Ekwonu LB
  81. Eilar Hardy S
  82. Litchfield Ajavon S
  83. David Adams LB
  84. Alex Welch TE
  85. Sam Mustipher OL
  86. Ben Councell LB
  87. Troy Pride Jr. CB
  88. Doug Randolph DE
  89. C.J. Holmes RB
  90. Avery Davis QB
  91. DeShone Kizer QB
  92. Mike Heuerman TE
  93. Jay Hayes DL
  94. Nic Weishar TE
  95. Durham Smythe TE
  96. George Atkinson III RB
  97. George Takacs TE
  98. Lawrence Keys WR
  99. K.J. Wallace CB
  100. Bo Bauer LB
  101. NaNa Osafo-Mensah DE
  102. Will Fuller WR
  103. Andrew Hendrix QB
  104. C.J. Sanders WR
  105. Te’von Coney LB
  106. Isaiah Robertson ATH
  107. Grant Blankenship DE
  108. Donte Vaughn CB
  109. Robert Blanton CB
  110. Julian Okwara DE
  111. Josh Adams RB
  112. Cameron Roberson RB
  113. Tyler Luatua TE
  114. Hunter Spears DT
  115. Drue Tranquill S
  116. Howard Cross III DE
  117. James Onwualu WR
  118. Elijah Taylor DT
  119. Everett Golson QB
  120. C.J. Prosise ATH
  121. Devin Butler CB
  122. Justin Ferguson WR
  123. Tony Jones Jr. RB
  124. Jimmy Byrne OL
  125. Daniel Cage DT
  126. J.D. Bertrand LB
  127. Kyren Williams RB
  128. Noah Boykin CB
  129. Jarrett Patterson OL
  130. Micah Jones WR
  131. Prince Shembo LB
  132. Jarrett Grace LB
  133. Jack Kiser LB
  134. Danny Spond LB
  135. Greer Martini LB
  136. Dillan Gibbons OL
  137. Kendall Moore LB
  138. Kona Schwenke DL
  139. TaRiq Bracy CB
  140. Marist Liufau LB
  141. Jalen Guyton WR
  142. Rashad Kinlaw DB
  143. Romeo Okwara DE
  144. Kendall Abdur-Rahman WR
  145. Chris Brown WR
  146. Corey Robinson WR
  147. Parker Boudreaux OL
  148. D.J. Brown CB
  149. Jacob Matuska DL
  150. Tommy Tremble TE
  151. Brendon Clark QB
  152. Tommy Rees QB
  153. Spencer Boyd CB
  154. Chris Badger DB
  155. John Dirksen OL
  156. Luke Jones OL
  157. Ovie Oghoufo
  158. Mark Harrell OL
  159. Anthony Rabassa LB
  160. Trevor Ruhland Ol
  161. Mykelti Williams S
  162. Jalen Elliott S
  163. Jahmir Smith RB
  164. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB
  165. Julian Love CB
  166. D.J. Morgan S
  167. Tony Springmann
  168. Jafer Armstrong WR
  169. Devin Studstill S
  170. Cam Hart WR
  171. Justin Ademilola DL
  172. Myron Tagovailola-Amosa
  173. Michael Young WR
  174. Nicky Baratti DB
  175. Ian Book QB
  176. Kurt Hinish DT
  177. Spencer Perry DB
  178. Cole Mabry OL
  179. Jordan Genmark Heath LB
  180. Joe Wilkins CB
  181. Brandon Tiassum DL
  182. John Turner DB
  183. Lo Wood CB
  184. Kevin Stepherson WR
  185. Ade Ogundeji DE
  186. Micah Dew-Treadway DL
  187. Ashton White DB
  188. Michael Deeb LB
  189. Bennett Jackson CB
  190. Jonathan Jones LB
  191. Ja’Mion Franklin DL
  192. Justin Utupo DL
  193. Daniel Smith WR
  194. Chase Hounshell DL
  195. Nick Martin OL
  196. Jonathan Bonner DT
  197. Kolin Hill DE
  198. Luke Massa QB
  199. Tate Nichols OL
  200. Nick Coleman DB
  201. Cam McDaniel RB
  202. Brad Carrico DL
  203. Jalen Brown CB
  204. Paul Moala S
  205. Deon McIntosh RB
  206. Jonathon MacCollister TE
  207. C’Bo Flemister
  208. Drew White LB
  209. Kofi Wardlow DE
  210. Jamir Jones LB
  211. Josh Atkinson CB
  212. Connor Hanratty OL
  213. Mathias Farley ATH
  214. Justin Yoon K
  215. Nicco Fertitta S
  216. Jhonathon Williams DE
  217. Derek Roback ATH
  218. Austin Collinsworth DB
  219. Jay Bramblett P
  220. Pete Mokwah DL
  221. Kyle Brindza K
  222. John Shannon LS
  223. Jonathan Doerer K
  224. Tyler Newsome K
  225. Scott Daly LS
  226. Bruce Heggie DL