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Recruiting Comparison: Notre Dame vs. USC

Breaking down how Notre Dame and USC stack up from a recruiting standpoint

There are many ways to evaluate matchups, and one of those ways is to look at things from a recruiting standpoint. USC clearly has the best recruiting profile for any Irish opponent up to this standpoint.

Here are the 247Sports composite rankings for the starters and top rotation players for the Notre Dame offense and the USC defense.

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Notre Dame has a couple of lineup changes that have changed its overall recruiting profile for its starting lineup. Top 100 recruit Tosh Baker and Top 100 recruit Zeke Correll are out of the starting lineup. Correll's replacement (Andrew Kristofic) was a four-star recruit and a Top 200 recruit, but true freshman Joe Alt was a three-star recruit.

Notre Dame still has seven four-star recruits and a five-star recruit in its starting lineup.

USC has seven four-star recruits and three three-star recruits in its starting lineup. The Trojan defense can match the number of Top 100 recruits in the rotation (4) that Notre Dame possesses (4).

Now let's look at the Notre Dame defense and the Trojan offense.

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Notre Dame's defense has fewer overall four-star recruits and former Top 100 recruits than its own offense despite clearly being the better unit. Notre Dame has three former Top 100 recruits in its starting lineup/rotation.

USC's offense has six former four-star recruits in the starting lineup and four more coming off the bench as part of its rotation. The Trojans have three former four-star recruits in its rotation on offense.


Here are the class rankings of the two programs from the last five seasons. (247Sports composite)


2021 - 9
2020 - 18
2019 - 15
2018 - 10
2017 - 10


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2021 - 7
2020 - 64
2019 - 20
2018 - 4
2017 - 4

Advantage: Notre Dame

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