Quite a haul for Notre Dame on the recruiting front

What a week for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

After wide receiver Michael Floyd announced that he will return for his senior season in 2011, the Fighting Irish received a commitment from 6-6, 220-pound defensive end Ishaq Williams, one of the most dominant defenders in the 2011 recruiting class. The four-star talent, who is expected to play outside linebacker, is the biggest defensive “get” for the school since Manti Te’o.

Aaron LynchICONAaron Lynch recommitted to Notre Dame on Saturday.

But the luck of the Irish stretched into this morning, as defensive end Aaron Lynch recommitted to the school and will start classes, like Williams, on Tuesday. The 6-6, 245-pound Lynch, who was on an official visit to South Bend this weekend, was once committed to the Irish before switching to Florida State and backing off that commitment.

Lynch is the 22nd member of ND’s recruiting class of 2011.

It’s been roughly 20 years since the Irish have brought in an elite defensive class, but the school is positioned to possibly move into the Top 10 recruiting rankings nationally if the current pledges hold firm until National Signing Day.

With Williams, Lynch and fellow end Stephon Tuitt, the Irish could have three elite recruits on the defense ready to contribute during their freshman campaigns. Tuitt, who has said that he is firmly committed to Notre Dame, is currently on a weekend visit to Georgia Tech.

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