Fifteen high school seniors signed letters of intent to join the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2005 season.
A total of 15 high school seniors have signed national letters of intent with plans to enroll at the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish in August 2005 and play for the Irish football squad.
The 15 players come to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 12 states - Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
As listed by position, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish add to their roster three defensive backs, three linebackers, two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, two wide receivers, one tight end, one fullback and one quarterback - though several of the players played multiple positions in high school and could move to other positions once they arrive to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Among the 15 players are:
• One player rated among the top 150 nationally by collegefootballnews.com - wide receiver D.J. Hord (104th).
• Two players named Gatorade player of the year in his home state - wide receiver D.J. Hord (Missouri) and fullback Asaph Schwapp (Connecticut).
• One player who played in the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio last month - wide receiver D.J. Hord.
• Eight players who attended the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football camp in the summer of 2004 - defensive back David Bruton, offensive lineman Paul Duncan, wide receiver David Grimes, tight end Joey Hiben, fullback Asaph Schwapp, quarterback Evan Sharpley, linebacker Scott Smith and linebacker Kevin Washington.