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How College Football Playoff teams are restocking for 2021 through recruiting

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will both have to replace key contributors on their teams. Jeff Siner/The News & Observer via AP

Notre Dame and Clemson had outstanding seasons, reaching the College Football Playoff semifinals before falling to Alabama and Ohio State, respectively. Now, both must look to replace important players and will turn to recruiting for help. Here's a look at how the Fighting Irish and Tigers are restocking their rosters for 2021. We will update this story with Alabama and Ohio State after their seasons end.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame made a run at its first national title since 1988 with a talented and experienced roster. Among the consistent starters, more than a dozen were rated as four-stars coming out of high school and among those starters, nearly half were seniors this season. While a great season fell short of their ultimate goal, attention shifts to the future as the Fighting Irish are poised to replace several key contributors. With the NCAA freezing eligibility this season and potential early draft entries still to be announced, circumstances could change in spots, but here's a look at how Notre Dame is prepared to reload for the 2021 season from recruiting.