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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Where ND stands on signing day

By Matt Fortuna

Happy New Year?! Well, not quite. But it is national signing day, a chance for fans of every team to celebrate the promise of the future.

For Notre Dame, that future is brighter than most. The Irish are expected to sign the No. 9 recruiting class for the Class of 2012, according to ESPNU. And barring anything unforeseen, the class might just stand at 17 prospects when the day is done.

Brian Kelly will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. today, but until then, here's a recap of who you should expect to see in a Notre Dame uniform next season. (*indicates early enrollee already on campus)

OFFENSE
*Four-star QB Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East)
Four-star WR Justin Ferguson (Pembroke Pikes, Fla./Flanagan)
Four-star OT Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas)
Four-star WR Deontay Greenberry (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union)
Four-star OT Ronnie Stanley (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
Four-star RB William Mahone (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch)
Four-star OT Mark Harrell (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic)
Three-star RB KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash./Mariner)
Three-star WR Chris Brown (Hanahan, S.C./Hanahan)
Two-star LS Scott Daly (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) DEFENSE
*Four-star CB Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union)
*Four-star DT Sheldon Day (Indianapolis/Warren Central)
Four-star S Elijah Shumate (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco)
Three-star S C.J. Prosise (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest)
Three-star DE Romeo Okwara (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell)
Three-star ATH Nicky Baratti (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak)
Three-star S John Turner (Indianapolis/Cathedral) Note: Amir Carlisle (Sunnyvale, Calif./Kings Academy) has also enrolled this spring after a semester at USC. He was a four-star recruit, ESPNU's No. 17 athlete, and the 114th-best player overall in the Class of 2011. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder rushed for 118 yards on 19 carries and caught seven passes for 41 yards and a touchdown with the Trojans in 2011.