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    Signing Day: By The Numbers

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    With 13 national letters of intent signed today, as well as three early enrollees and one USC transfer arriving in South Bend last month, the Notre Dame football team has added 17 student-athletes for the 2012 season.

    These include: DB Nick Baratti, WR Chris Brown, LS Scott Daly, DL Sheldon Day, WR Justin Ferguson, OL Mark Harrell, DL Jarron Jones, QB Gunner Kiel, RB Will Mahone, LB Romeo Okwara, DB C.J. Prosise, RB KeiVarae Russell, DB Tee Shepard, DB Elijah Shumate, OL Ronnie Stanley, DB John Turner and transfer RB Amir Carlisle.

    In total, there are eight defensive players (five defensive backs, two defensive linemen and one linebacker), eight offensive players (three running backs, two wide receivers, two offensive linemen and one quarterback) and one specialist (long snapper).

    Looking at the bios from UND.com's Signing Day Central, here's a "by the numbers" look at the Class of 2012 (including Carlisle). Keep in mind that many of these bios focus on a student-athlete's junior and senior seasons, and may not include every statistic from their high school careers.

    Receptions: 280
    Receiving Yards: 4,662
    Receiving TDs: 68
    Rushing Yards: 13,356
    Rushing TDs: 180
    Passing Yards: 9,320
    Passing TDs: 67
    Kick Return TDs: 14
    Punt Return TDs: 1
    Defensive Interceptions: 43
    INT TDs: 5
    Forced Fumbles: 9
    Fumble Recoveries: 10
    Fumble TDs: 4
    Tackles: 732
    Tackles for Loss: 58
    Sacks: 52
    QB Pressures: 18
    Pass Breakups: 32
    Blocked FGs: 4
    Basketball players: 4
    Track athletes: 5
    Tae Kwon Do Black Belts: 1

    Most of these future Notre Dame student-athletes will arrive on campus in June, but you can get your first glimpse of Kiel, Day, Shepard and Carlisle on April 21 in the team's annual Blue-Gold Game.

    There are only 79 days until the spring game, and 212 until the real fun begins in Dublin, Ireland. Get excited...

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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