Notre Dame lands Class of 2013 cornerback

One of Brian Kelly's main concerns this offseason is replacing his two starting cornerbacks, and his defensive back corps became even weaker when Class of 2012 early enrollee Tee Shepard recently left the program.

But the Notre Dame head coach is doing his best to make the secondary stronger moving forward by landing his eighth verbal commitment for the 2013 class, ATH/CB Rashad Kinlaw of Absegami High School in Galloway, N.J. Kinlaw is the fifth high school player to pledge to the Fighting Irish following their Junior Day this past weekend.

The 6-0, 175-pounder, who has been clocked at 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, chose ND over offers from Rutgers, Temple, Iowa, and Boston College. He is listed as an athlete or dual-threat quarterback by many of the nation's top recruiting sites, but he was recruited by ND to play cornerback.

He broke his fibula midway through the 2011 season, which may have scared off many upper-echelon programs. But he can certainly end up being a steal for Kelly and his staff once he arrives in South Bend fully healthy next year.

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