And so it begins

June, 18, 2012
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"Back to school, back to school ... "

That's the theme in South Bend, Ind., on Monday, as summer classes begin at Notre Dame. For the Irish, the day also marks the beginning of college life for the rest of their 2012 recruiting class. Here's a quick overview of the new team members expected to start school today. (All figures come from RecruitingNation.)

OFFENSE

Five-star athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral)
5'10, 175, No. 1 athlete, No. 8 overall, 85 Scout Grade, Committed Feb. 21, 2012

Four-star WR Justin Ferguson (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Flanagan)
6'1", 205, No. 14 WR, No. 85 overall, 81 Scout Grade, Committed May 2, 2011

Four-star OT Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas)
6'6", 295, No. 11 OT, No. 102 overall, 80 Scout Grade, Committed April 12, 2011

Four-star OT Ronnie Stanley (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
6'6", 285, No. 34 OT, 79 Scout Grade, Committed Dec. 15, 2011

Four-star RB William Mahone (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch)
5'10", 206, No. 16 RB, 79 Scout Grade, Committed Sept. 30, 2011

Four-star OT Mark Harrell (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic)
6'5", 260, No. 41 OT, 79 Scout Grade, Committed May 19, 2011

Three-star RB KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash./Mariner)
6'0", 175, No. 26 RB, 79 Scout Grade, Committed Dec. 29, 2011

Three-star WR Chris Brown (Hanahan, S.C./Hanahan)
6'2", 170, No. 66 WR, 78 Scout Grade, Committed Sept. 18, 2011

Two-star LS Scott Daly (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South)
6'3", 228, No. 3 LS, 73 Scout Grade, Committed April 16, 2011

DEFENSE

Four-star S Elijah Shumate (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco)
6'0", 205, No. 14 S, 80 Scout Grade, Committed Jan. 7, 2012

Three-star S C.J. Prosise (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest)
6'1", 190, No. 22 S, 79 Scout Grade, Committed May 27, 2011

Three-star DE Romeo Okwara (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell)
6'4", 223, No. 96 DE, 77 Scout Grade, Committed July 10, 2011

Three-star ATH Nicky Baratti (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak)
6'1", 190, No. 87 ATH, 77 Scout Grade, Committed April 16, 2011

Three-star S John Turner (Indianapolis/Cathedral)
6'0", 194, No. 62 S, 76 Scout Grade, Committed June 28, 2011

Note: USC runing back transfer Amir Carlisle, along with quarterback Gunner Kiel and defensive lineman Sheldon Day, enrolled this spring.

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