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Strong on the line

While the defensive line got most people's attention Wednesday, the first day players could sign with programs, Notre Dame also put together a nice group of offensive lineman.

Troy Niklas of Fullerton, Calif., announced his decision to join the Irish on Wednesday, joining Conor Hanratty, Matt Hegarty, Nick Martin – the brother of current Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin – and Chase Hounshell as future Notre Dame lineman.

"I sort of like their O-line class too," Barry Every, a national recruiting analyst for, said. "Niklas, he's a guy that is going to have to develop. I think turning (Bishop Dwenger lineman Tony Springmann, who is listed as a defensive end by Notre Dame) into an offensive tackle, a Matthew Hegarty and Chase Hounshell. I like all of those kids.

"I'll tell you what they got, they went out and got no fat bodies. Notre Dame had some fat bodies on the previous staff coming in. They got no fat bodies in this signing class. They got lean, athletic kids that they can develop. They can put the right weight on, and these kids can move their feet. I do like their offensive line class. To me, that's their second strongest."