NOTRE DAME — By noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, Notre Dame will add around two dozen new names to its 2014 roster.
The exact number remains to be seen, as a handful of recruits still teeter between Notre Dame and another school. But as the National Signing Day faxes start pouring in early Wednesday morning, the Irish expect 22 letters of intent when all is said and done.
If they're lucky, they may snag one or two more.
As it stands, the Irish are set to sign Rivals.com's eighth-ranked recruitment class on Wednesday, headlined by linebacker Nyles Morgan, offensive lineman Quenton Nelson and wide receiver Justin Brent.
Bent, a four-star receiver from Speedway High School, and three-star defensive end Andrew Trumbetti have already signed letters of intent and are enrolled for the spring term. Both will participate in spring drills and will likely factor into the rotation come fall.
Morgan announced his commitment during the Jan. 4 US Army All-American Bowl, rounding out the third and final inside linebacker commit for the 2014 class. Since Manti Te'o's departure last year and the loss of Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese following last season, Morgan should also factor into the lineup right away.
Nelson stands alone as Notre Dame's only five-star commit (based on Rivals rankings), but the Irish are in the hunt for a few more big names Wednesday morning.
The coaching staff have been high on four-star cornerback Michiah Quick, who is juggling the Irish with UCLA and Oklahoma. The latest forecasts predict the Fresno, Calif., native will choose Oklahoma on Wednesday.
Five-star safety John "JuJu" Smith would also be a huge get for Notre Dame, but the Long Beach, Calif., native has several connections to USC and seems to be trending in that direction.
If Notre Dame does secure a 23rd commitment Wednesday, it will likely be from three-star cornerback Terrence Alexander. Alexander, who is also considering Ole Miss and Stanford, is reportedly strongly considering academic strength when making his decision. That likely whittles the battle down to Stanford and Notre Dame.