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How ND's starters fared as recruits

With signing day one day away, let's take a look back at where Notre Dame's 2011 starters stood as prep prospects before arriving on campus. For the purpose of timeliness, we'll go with the official starters from the Irish's most recent game, the Champs Sports Bowl. We'll sprinkle in a few key contributors here and there, too.

We'll go by ESPN RecruitingNation's rankings. For further explanation on the evaluation system, click here.

OFFENSE

QB Tommy Rees: No. 19 QB in Class of '10, 79 Scout Grade

RB Cierre Wood: No. 11 ATH, No. 122 overall in Class of '09, 81 Scout Grade

WR T.J. Jones: No. 10 WR, No 68 overall in Class of '10, 81 Scout Grade

WR John Goodman: No. 43 WR in Class of '08, 79 Scout Grade

WR Robby Toma: No. 199 WR in Class of '09, 68 Scout Grade

TE Tyler Eifert: No. 13 TE in Class of '09, 79 Scout Grade

LT Zack Martin: No. 10 OT, No. 109 overall in Class of '09, 81 Scout Grade

LG Chris Watt: No. 5 OG, No. 68 overall in Class of '09, 82 Scout Grade

C Mike Golic: No. 4 C, 79 Scout Grade

RG Trevor Robinson: No. 8 OG, 80 Scout Grade

RT Taylor Dever: No. 141 OT, 69 Scout Grade

Others worth noting:

  • QB Dayne Crist: No. 2 QB, No. 22 overall in Class of '08, 84 Scout Grade

  • QB Andrew Hendrix: No. 11 QB in Class of '10, 80 Scout Grade

  • RB Jonas Gray: No. 11 RB, No. 89 overall in Class of '08, 82 Scout Grade

  • WR Michael Floyd: No. 9 WR, No. 29 overall in Class of '08, 83 Scout Grade

  • RB/WR Theo Riddick: No. 48 ATH in class of '09, 78 Scout Grade

  • C Braxston Cave: No. 1 center, No. 126 overall in Class of '08, 81 Scout Grade

DEFENSE

DE Ethan Johnson: No. 6 DE, No. 81 overall in Class of '08, 82 Scout Grade

NG Louis Nix: No. 6 DT, No. 64 overall in Class of '10, 81 Scout Grade

DE Aaron Lynch: No. 3 DE, No. 15 overall in Class of '11, 84 Scout Grade

OLB Darius Fleming: No. 7 DE, No. 94 overall in Class of '08, 81 Scout Grade

ILB Dan Fox: No. 76 OLB in Class of '09, 76 Scout Grade

ILB Manti Te'o: No. 1 OLB, No. 2 overall in Class of '09, 93 Scout Grade

CB Robert Blanton: No. 50 S in Class of '08, 76 Scout Grade

SS Harrison Smith: No. 26 S in Class of '07, 78 Scout Grade

FS Jamoris Slaughter: No. 5 S, No. 85 overall in Class of '08, 82 Scout Grade

FS Zeke Motta: No. 28 S in Class of '09, 79 Scout Grade

CB Gary Gray: No. 2 CB, No. 13 overall in Class of '07, 85 Scout Grade

Others worth noting:

Of players who saw significant time for Notre Dame in 2011, 16 were ESPNU 150 players coming out of high school. If Cave and Slaughter are granted fifth years, 10 of those 16 will be back next season.

Six of the Irish's current 17 Class of 2012 commitments are ESPNU 150 players.