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Irish add 23rd player to 2013 class

Notre Dame signed every player expected to join the Irish today.

The university announced that running back Tarean Folston, a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder from Cocoa, Fla., sent in his letter of intent at 3:37 p.m. Wednesday was the first day high school players could sign their national letters of intent.

Folston, who flirted with Auburn late in the recruiting process, hadn't signed his papers when Coach Brian Kelly introduced the class during a noon news conference.

Folston joins five-star running back prospect Greg Bryant as a recruit for the offensive backfield.

"They are similar style, but Bryant has 20 pounds on (Folston). I thought of Bryant as kind of a plodder. I like him, but like a 4.7 guy, 4.7 1/2 guy. Rudy Johnson type, who was very successful at Cincinnati," said Scott Kennedy, director of scouting at FoxSports.com.

"Compared to Derek Green and Derek Henry at the Army game, he looked like a scatback. He was quicker and shiftier, and I've said as many as the top 15 running backs this year could be a legit No. 1, that is how deep it goes. I think he's the guy who could end up being the best back in his class.

"Folston played a tough level of competition. He's a hard runner, plays both sides of the ball, they are very similar. Bryant is just a little bit more."

The Irish added 23 players in this recruiting class, with five players already enrolled at the university.

Notre Dame could still add one more player to what is projected to be a top five recruiting class.

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, a five-star prospect from California, is expected to announce his decision at 8 tonight, and the Irish are in the mix to land him.

2013 signing class

Hunter Bivin, OL, 6-7, 288, Apollo, Owensboro, Ky.

Greg Bryant, RB, 5-11, 197, American Heritage School, Delray Beach, Fla.

Devin Butler, DB, 6-1, 185, Gonzaga, Washington D.C.

Michael Deeb, LB, 6-2, 237, American Heritage, Plantation, Fla.

Steve Elmer, OL, 6-6, 305, Midland, Midland, Mich.

Tarean Folston, RB, 5-10, 195, Cocoa, Cocoa Fla.

Will Fuller, WR, 6-0, 170, Roman Catholic, Philadelphia

Mike Heuerman, TE, 6-4, 215, Barron Collier, Naples, Fla.

Torii Hunter Jr., WR, 6-1, 175, Prosper, Prosper, Texas

Rashad Kinlaw, ATH, 6-1, 185, Absegami, Galloway, N.J.

Cole Luke, CB, 6-0, 165, Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.

Jacob Matuska, TE, 6-5, 240, Bishop Hartley, Columbus, Ohio

Mike McGlinchey, OL, 6-9, 280, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia

Colin McGovern, OL, 6-6, 292, Lincoln-Way West, New Lenox, Ill.

John Montelus, OL, 6-5, 293, Everett, Everett, Mass.

James Onwualu, ATH, 6-1, 205, Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul, Minn.

Doug Randolph, LB, 6-3, 237, Woodberry Forest, Richmond, Va.

Max Redfield, S, 6-2, 195, Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Corey Robinson, WR, 6-4, 195, San Antonio Christian, San Antonio, Texas

Isaac Roschell, DE, 6-5, 260, Eagle's Landing Christian, McDonough, Ga.

Jaylon Smith, LB, 6-3, 215, Bishop Luers

Durham Smythe, TE, 6-6, 230, Belton, Belton, Texas

Malik Zaire, QB, 6-1, 190, Archbishop Alter, Kettering, Ohio

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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