Notre Dame has gotten quite the lift off the field following a 12-0 regular season on it.
Look no further than this past weekend, when four-star running back Greg Bryant pledged to the Irish, one day after the school beat out Ohio State for Class of 2014 Watch List offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne.
Bryant, Notre Dame's 22nd 2013 commit, immediately becomes the Irish's second-highest rated prospect, beyond Jaylon Smith. And he will likely have the chance to step in immediately, with the Irish losing Theo Riddick and possibly Cierre Wood after this season.
With Bryant, George Atkinson III, Cam McDaniel, the yet-to-be-seen Amir Carlisle and freshman William Mahone, the Irish should have no shortage of backs to turn to next season, and the different styles each brings will create an interesting dynamic.
The addition of Bryant moved Notre Dame up one spot, to No. 3, in ESPN's class of 2013 recruiting rankings, behind USC and Florida. You can read scouts' take on Bryant here.
Below, we break down the Irish's 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes. The 2013 class features eight ESPN150 prospects (*), four ESPN300 prospects (**), 17 four-star commits and one five-star. The Class of 2014 consists of four players, three of whom are ESPN Watch List members.
Class of 2013
Five-star OLB Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers)*
Four-star RB Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca-Delray)*
Four-star WR Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper)*
Four-star OLB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing)*
Four-star OT Colin McGovern (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West)*
Four-star OT Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo)*
Four-star DE Isaac Rochell (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy)*
Four-star OLB Doug Randolph (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest)*
Four-star QB-DT Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter)**
Four-star CB Devin Butler (Washington/Gonzaga)**
Four-star RB Jamel James (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch)**
Four-star TE-Y Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier)**
Four-star ATH Rashad Kinlaw (Galloway, N.J./Absegami)
Four-star ATH James Onwualu (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham)
Four-star OT Mike McGlinchey (Philadelphia/William Penn)
Four-star ILB Michael Deeb (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
Four-star OT Steve Elmer (Midland, Mich./Midland)
Four-star CB Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton)
Three-star OT John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett)
Three-star WR Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian)
Three-star TE-Y Jacob Matuska (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley)
Three-star WR William Fuller (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic)
Class of 2014