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Notre Dame ignites 2013 class

Updated: April 27, 2012, 1:31 PM ET
By Keil Moore | HoopGurlz

For a while now it has seemed like the members of the 2013 class were playing a waiting game of sorts about making college decisions. Going into the April evaluation weekend, the number of the top 60 players in the country who have made college decisions is typically well into double digits. Coming out of the April weekend this year, only nine players had made verbal pledges to colleges of their choice. Of the top 15 players in the country none of them has made a verbal commitment. By comparison, last year at this point six of the top 15 players in the country had made college decisions.

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Chris Hansen/ESPN.com Lindsay Allen -- the No. 23 prospect in the class of 2013 -- brings quickness and leadership at point guard.

Taking all of this into account, the week that Notre Dame was able to put together coming out of the April evaluation period is more than noteworthy as it could act as the catalyst to spark action throughout the class of 2013. The week for Notre Dame started when the No. 23 prospect in the class, Lindsay Allen of Mitchellville, Md., made her pledge to be the point guard of the future for Notre Dame and replace the spot that will be held for four years by Skylar Diggins. Allen's decision then sparked a verbal commitment from 6-foot-3 center Kristina Nelson of Buford, Ga. Notre Dame's three player recruiting class also includes four-star post Diamond Thompson of Lombard, Ill. who made a verbal to the Big East school in November.

By landing the nation's No. 30 ranked player in Nelson and Allen this week, the Irish might have just vaulted over Maryland, who have verbals from No. 17 Alexis Brown of Suwanee, Ga. and No. 59 Alexus Harrison of Baltimore, Md., for the early position of holding of the nation's No. 1 recruiting class.

Chapel Hill hosts top talent

North Carolina had a number of prospects on campus for unofficial visits this past weekend when Diamond DeShields of Norcross, Ga., Jessica Washington of Tulsa, Okla., and their 2015 verbal commitment Te'a Cooper of Powder Springs, Ga. With the aforementioned Allen and Brown both off the board, Jessica Washington and Tyler Scaife become the best two available point guards for the class of 2013, a position that North Carolina has a need for in this class. Having Washington on campus with one of the top prospects in the 2013 class, Diamond DeShields as well as a committed prospect in Te'a Cooper should go a long way into helping the ACC school land one of the top guards in the class.

Flaherty Visits Blacksburg

Katelynn Flaherty of Point Pleasant, N.J., is a skilled point guard with the potential to be one of the better players at her position in the class of 2014. This weekend after her team won their bracket at the Blue Chip Pre-Season Challenge, in Richmond, Va., Flaherty hung around to make a trip to Blacksburg and visit to Virginia Tech. Flaherty's potential addition to the ACC school would be a major pick up as she has the potential to be the schools point guard of the future and an ACC caliber playmaker as a college prospect. For a program that is in its infancy with a second-year coach, Dennis Wolff, at the helm, Flaherty's trip marks a step in the right direction.

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Gordon to West Virginia: Our staff has watched Lubirdia Gordon of Mount Vernon, N.Y., since she was an eighth grader and the now 6-4 junior's marked progress in that time is noteworthy. Playing with the Exodus NYC club, Gordon has played with and again some of the country's top post players and numerous BCS level recruits. All of that should have her prepared to step right in and help coach Mike Carey's program as they transition from the Big East into the Big XII.

Webb to South Alabama: We just mentioned Brittany Webb of Indianapolis, Ind. in last week's article as she re-opened her recruitment after originally choosing Indiana. Just seven days later, the dynamic 5-2 senior point guard is off the board again choosing South Alabama this time around. Webb will bring an instant spark to a team that was in search of a point guard in the regular signing period.

Farnsworth to Weber State: Grace Farnsworth of Alpharetta, Ga. has a connection out west and wanted to play basketball in college in Utah. She'll have that opportunity after signing with coach Bethann Ord's program. Farnsworth will bring a swing forward with versatility to play inside or outside and a competitive streak that will certainly keep practices intense on the Ogden, Utah campus next fall.

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