For the Ultimate ESPN 300 ranking, we incorporated both the prospect's grade and projection out of high school with his actual college impact and production. In the interest of objectivity, we also included prospects that were not included in our rankings. However, we did not include players we did not evaluate in high school, so there are notable names left off this list, like Michael Crabtree.
The 2014 class was not included. Freshman prospects from the 2013 class who had significant roles and who project similar production in the years to come were incorporated. And the schools listed are the ones the recruits initially committed to, so be warned, Irish fans, there may just be a name or two here who brings up bad memories.
7) Manti Te'o, OLB, Class of 2009: 2
RecruitingNation scouting report: Te'o appears to be a man among boys on film, a player whose physical weaknesses are difficult to spot. Plays fast and with great intensity. Fills inside with a good base and shows great power and strength when taking on pulling linemen and fullbacks at the point of attack. Full report
College accolades: Unanimous All-American. Walter Camp national POY. Heisman runner-up. Winner of Nagurski, Bednarik, Butkus, Lott and Lombardi awards. Career statistics (4 years): 437 total tackles, 34 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 7 INTs.
41) Golden Tate, WR, Class of 2007: 11
RecruitingNation scouting report: Tate is one of the best overall athletes in this entire class and could be an impact player at the college level at multiple positions. However, his outstanding blend of speed, quickness, instincts and ball skills will likely have every coach placing him at cornerback or wide receiver. Full report
College accolades: Biletnikoff Award winner. Unanimous All-American. Career statistics (3 years): 157 rec., 2,707 yards, 26 TDs, 3 rush TDs, 1,196 return yards.
As for the rest of the Irish contingent:
54) Michael Floyd, WR, Class of 2008: 29
62) Louis Nix, DT, Class of 2010: 64
101) Tyler Eifert, TE, Class of 2009: NR
111) Jaylon Smith, OLB, Class of 2013: 13
115) Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Class of 2013: 10
122) Sam Young, OT, Class of 2006: 19
245) Shaquelle Evans, WR, Class of 2009: 40
254) Tarean Folston, ATH, Class of 2013: 66
255) Stephon Tuitt, DE, Class of 2011: 90
265) Jimmy Clausen, QB, Class of 2007: 8
277) Kyle Rudolph, TE, Class of 2008: 105