Blue and Gold Illustrated

June-July 2020

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26 JUNE/JULY 2020 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY LOU SOMOGYI A mong the 22 freshmen signed in Notre Dame's 2019 recruit- ing haul, only three used up their first year of eligibility. That doesn't mean that when 2023 arrives all 19 who preserved a year will return to exercise their fifth sea- son option with the Fighting Irish. If they did, the freshman class that year could have maybe 10 recruits, if that. Chances are, no more than half from that 2019 harvest will return for a fifth season, while others from the class could use it as a graduate trans- fer year elsewhere, if they still want to play collegiately. What it does mean is Notre Dame has achieved a point the past few years where inserting a freshman into the lineup is more a luxury than a necessity. In other words, enough devel- SECOND-YEAR GROWTH Sophomore class should be more visible on Notre Dame's two-deep in 2020 Kyle Hamilton paced the team in interceptions (four), tied for second in passes broken up (six) and ranked seventh in tackles (41) in 2019 en route to Freshman All-America honors from sev- eral different outlets. PHOTO BY ANDRIS VISOCKIS

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