- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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A quiet two weeks gave way to two busy days this past weekend, as Notre Dame hauled in a pair of four-star defensive prospects from different pockets of the country.
Outside linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) and defensive tackle Matt Dickerson (San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra) committed to the Irish on Friday and Saturday, respectively, giving the program seven defensive pledges in the class of 2014.
Our Jared Shanker has a good breakdown of what these pick-ups mean for the Irish and their national reach, saying that their front-seven in this class could be as good as any in the country and that it is always a big get for Notre Dame when it can scoop up a premier player not far from USC's backyard.
"I just knew it was the school when I walked on campus," Dickerson, who visited Notre Dame on Friday, told Shanker. "I felt it in my heart."
Here's a look at Notre Dame's 17-man recruiting class from the class of 2014, which includes seven ESPN300 prospects (*).
Four-star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic)*
Four-star OT Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy)*
Four-star WR Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas)*
Four-star DE Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, N.J./Demarest)*
Four-star OG Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic)*
Four-star ILB Greer Martini (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest)*
Four-star WR Justin Brent (Speedway, Ind./Speedway)*
Four-star OG Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel)
Four-star OLB Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South)
Four-star DT Matt Dickerson (San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra)
Four-star QB DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic)
Four-star OT Jay Hayes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Poly Prep)
Three-star DE Jonathan Bonner (Chesterfield, Mo./Parkway Central)
Three-star TE Nic Weishar (Chicago/Marist)
Three-star DE Grant Blankenship (The Colony, Texas/The Colony)
Three-star OT Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland/Saint Ignatius)
Three-star K Tyler Newsome (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton)
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