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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
What's in a number?

By Matt Fortuna

Fourteen newcomers to the Notre Dame football team began classes at the school June 18. A little more than two weeks into their college careers, members of the Irish's 2012 recruiting class have seemingly passed one rite of passage already -- getting their jersey numbers. Thanks to the wonderful world of social media in 2012, the players have been able to show off their new gear to the public through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here is one man's best effort to compile in one spot what each player will be wearing this fall.

OFFENSE

Five-star athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) -- No. 3
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) -- No. 15
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) -- No. 94
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) -- No. 78
6'6", 285, No. 34 OT, 79 Scout Grade, Committed Dec. 15, 2011

Four-star RB William Mahone (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) -- No. 32
5'10", 206, No. 16 RB, 79 Scout Grade, Committed Sept. 30, 2011

Four-star OT Mark Harrell (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) -- No. 75
6'5", 260, No. 41 OT, 79 Scout Grade, Committed May 19, 2011

Three-star RB KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash./Mariner) -- No. 8
6'0", 175, No. 26 RB, 79 Scout Grade, Committed Dec. 29, 2011

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

Two-star LS Scott Daly (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) -- No. 61
6'3", 228, No. 3 LS, 73 Scout Grade, Committed April 16, 2011

DEFENSE

Four-star S Elijah Shumate (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco) -- No. 22
6'0", 205, No. 14 S, 80 Scout Grade, Committed Jan. 7, 2012

Three-star S C.J. Prosise (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest) -- No. 34
6'1", 190, No. 22 S, 79 Scout Grade, Committed May 27, 2011

Three-star DE Romeo Okwara (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) -- No. 45
6'4", 223, No. 96 DE, 77 Scout Grade, Committed July 10, 2011

Three-star ATH Nicky Baratti (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) -- No. 29
6'1", 190, No. 87 ATH, 77 Scout Grade, Committed April 16, 2011

Three-star S John Turner (Indianapolis/Cathedral) -- No. 31
6'0", 194, No. 62 S, 76 Scout Grade, Committed June 28, 2011

Note: Thanks to ISR's Tyler James for digging up several of these and posting them recently. Early enrollees Gunner Kiel and Sheldon Day, of course, will wear Nos. 1 and 91, respectively.