Irish sign 23 recruits on National Signing Day

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23 of the best high school football players across the country signed on the dotted line Wednesday, making it official that they will play for Notre Dame next year.

Helping Notre Dame's pitch to these kids is how successful the program has been.

The Irish are 12-0 and playing in the College Football Playoff next Saturday. In the last two years, Notre Dame is 22-3. They have won at least ten games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the early '90s, and the program seems to be on the ascent.

For Irish head coach Brian Kelly, he believes winning begets winning.

"When they come on campus they're talking and taking overnight visits, they're talking to players that are talking about winning and being in a winning culture," Kelly said. "You're starting there, these guys are serious about what they're doing. They're signing up for getting a degree and winning a national championship. These aren't silly guys, these are guys that are really focused and coming here to win a national championship, so being average or mediocre, none of these guys have that in their body."

Of the 23 recruits signed today, 10 of them will enroll early in January, the largest number Kelly has ever had at Notre Dame.

The 2019 class is ranked 10th by ESPN, 11th by Rivals, and 12th by 247 Sports.

Here are all 23 of the players that signed Wednesday (alphabetical order):

Kendall-Abdur-Rahman - WR - Edwardsville, IL (Edwardsville High School)

Litchfield Ajavon - DB - Baltimore, MD (Episcopal High School)

JD Bertrand - LB - Roswell, GA (Blessed Trinity High School)

Jay Bramblett - P - Tuscaloosa, AL (Hillcrest High School)

Quinn Carroll - OL - Edina, MN (Edina High School)

Brendon Clark - QB - Midlothian, VA (Manchester High School)

Zeke Correll - OL - Cincinnati, OH (Anderson High School)

Howard Cross III - DL - Paramus, NJ (Saint Joseph Regional)

Osita Ekwonu - LB - Charlotte, NC (Providence Day School)

Kyle Hamilton - DB - Atlanta, GA (Marist High School)

Cam Hart - WR - Baltimore, MD (Good Counsel High School)

Jack Kiser - LB - Royal Center, IN (Pioneer High School)

Andrew Kristofic - OL - Gibsonia, PA (Pine-Richland High School)

Jacob Lacey - DL - Bowling Green, KY (South Warren High School)

Harrison Leonard - K - Jamestown, RI (Avon Old Farms School) *PREFERRED WALK-ON*

Marist Liufau - LB - Kalihi, HI (Punahou High School)

John Olmstead - OL - North Brunswick, NJ (St. Joseph High School)

NaNa Osafo-Mensah - DL - Fort Worth, TX (Nolan Catholic High School)

Connor Ratigan - WR - Granger, IN (S.B. St. Joseph High School) *PREFERRED WALK-ON*

Isaiah Rutherford - DB - Sacramento, CA (Jesuit High School)

Hunter Spears - DL - Garland, TX (Sachse High School)

KJ Wallace - DB - Atlanta, GA (The Lovett School)

Kyren Williams - RB - Saint Louis, MO (St. John Vianney High School)