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Looking ahead

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and is staff have already started the clock for the 2011 recruiting class.

On Wednesday, Kelly said Notre Dame was making contact with high school juniors as the coaching staff started the ball rolling on bringing in next year's class.

Kelly said a lot of focus will be on finding defensive ends.

"That is going to be absolutely crucial for us moving forward next year and looking at 2011," Kelly said. "We feel like we're set inside. There's a number of players that are going to be able to help us on the inside. We've got to get bigger and stronger on the edge of our defense, more athletic on the edge of our defense."

Barry Every, a national recruiting analyst for, said the Irish's defensive recruits were disappointing.

"I'm not sure they got all the players the needed," Every said. "The needed some big guys up front to help stop the run and be able to put pressure on the quarterback. I think it is an average class for Notre Dame."