The Notre Dame football class of 2016 is complete. Sixteen high school seniors have sent in their national letters of intent to play at Notre Dame, along with freshman Amir Carlisle who transferred from USC.
Among the 16 players that will be freshmen for the Irish this fall are:
*Nine members of the SuperPrep All-America Team: QB Gunner Kiel, RB KeiVarae Russell, WR Chris Brown, OL Ronnie Stanley, DL Jarron Jones, DL Sheldon Day, DB Tee Shepard, DB Elijah Shumate and DB C.J. Prosise.
*Three members of the SuperPrep Elite 50: QB Gunner Kiel (10th), DB Tee Shepard (22nd) and DB Elijah Shumate (37th).
* Eight members of the MaxPreps Top 200: QB Gunner Kiel (second), DL Jarron Jones (22nd), DB Tee Shepard (39th), OL Ronnie Stanley (116th), DL Sheldon Day (119th), DB Elijah Shumate (149th), WR Justin Ferguson (175th) and RB KeiVarae Russell (183rd).
*Five members of the ESPNU 150: QB Gunner Kiel (52nd), WR Justin Ferguson (85th), DB Tee Shepard (90th), DL Jarron Jones (102nd) and DL Sheldon Day (143rd).
*Eight members of the Rivals.com 250: QB Gunner Kiel (20th), DB Tee Shepard (76th), DB Elijah Shumate (113th), RB KeiVarae Russell (124th), OL Ronnie Stanley (176th), RB Will Mahone (197th), DL Jarron Jones (199th) and DL Sheldon Day (244th).
*Nine members of the Scout.com Top 300: QB Gunner Kiel (38th), DB Tee Shepard (39th), DL Sheldon Day (50th), DB Elijah Shumate (55th), OL Ronnie Stanley (66th), RB Will Mahone (201st), RB KeiVarae Russell (207th), DL Jarron Jones (229th) and DB CJ Prosise (276th).
Here's the list of players who have signed their letters of intent, with biographies courtesy of the Notre Dame sports information department.:
Gunner Kiel, QB, 6-4, 220, Columbus, IN (East) - Second-team pick on USA Today All-USA high school football team for 2011 . . . honorable mention selection on SI.com High School All-America team . . . rated 24th on 247Sports list of top national prospects . . . listed the top QB in the country and number-one player in Indiana by 247Sports . . . rated number-two player nationally and top-ranked quarterback by MaxPreps and Tom Lemming . . . rated 20th on Rivals.com Rivals250 list . . . listed number-one QB in the nation and top player from Indiana by Rivals.com . . . ranked the top QB in the nation and 38th-best prospect in the country by Scout.com . . . rated number-52 player nationally on 2012 ESPNU 150 list . . . ESPNU ranked him the third-best QB in the country, second-best player in the Midwest and top player in Indiana . . . listed 10th player nationally on SuperPrep Elite 50 team . . . rated number-one quarterback nationally and SuperPrep Midwest Offensive Player of the Year . . . named top player in Indiana on Detroit Free-Press Best of the Midwest team . . . received 2011 Indiana Mr. Football Award from Indianapolis Star . . . named Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year for 2011 . . . named to Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 all-state team for 2011, as one of three quarterbacks selected . . . Associated Press Indiana Class 4A first-team al-state quarterback selection . . . threw for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior in 2011, while also rushing for 482 yards and 11 TDs . . . helped East to 12-2 record and Indiana Class 4A state semifinals in 2011 . . . career statistics included 7,175 passing yards . . . honorable mention Associated Press 5A all-state pick as junior in 2010 after throwing for 2,500 yards and 25 TDs and also rushing for 425 yards and six TDs . . . played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio . . . uncle Blair Kiel played quarterback at Notre Dame from 1980-83 (throwing for 3,650 career yards in 29 career starts) and also spent seven seasons in NFL with Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Green Bay . . . enrolled at Notre Dame for 2012 spring semester . . . coached by Bob Gaddis at Columbus East High School . . . born July 23, 1993.
Tee Shepard, db, 6-1, 175, Fresno, CA (Washington Union)-Rated number-36 player nationally and third-best cornerback in his class by MaxPreps and Tom Lemming . . . listed as 39th-best player in the country and third-best cornerback nationally by Scout.com . . . rated 50th on 247Sports listing of top prospects nationally . . . ranked the fifth-best cornerback in the country and eighth-best prospect in California by 247Sports . . . listed 76th on Rivals.com Rivals250 chart . . . considered fourth-best defensive back in the nation and 13th-best player in California by Rivals.com . . . rated number-90 player nationally on 2012 ESPNU 150 list . . . ranked ninth-best cornerback in nation, 10th-best prospect in California and 14th-best recruit in the West by ESPNU . . . listed 22nd player nationally on SuperPrep Elite 50 squad . . . rated as number-three defensive back nationally and fourth-best player in California/Hawaii/Nevada by SuperPrep . . . named to Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 list as one of the 100 best players in 13 western U.S. states . . . sat out 2011 senior regular season, as Washington won third straight state title with 21-16 victory over Campolindo of Moraga in CIF State Division III championship contest in Carson, Calif., for final 14-0 record . . . played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix and Cal State All-Star Game . . . made 10 career interceptions . . . transferred following his junior season after playing in 2010 at Central East High School in Fresno . . . coached by Jeff Freitas at Washington Union High School . . . born March 18, 1993 . . . enrolled at Notre Dame for 2012 spring semester.
Sheldon Day, DT, 6-2, 275, Indianapolis, IN (Warren Central) - Second-team selection on SI.com High School All-America team . . . ranked the sixth-best defensive tackle in the country and 50th-best player in his class by Scout.com . . . rated 81st nationally on 247Sports list of top prospects . . . considered 10th-best defensive tackle in the nation and second-best player in Indiana by 247Sports . . . rated number-143 player nationally on 2012 ESPNU 150 list . . . listed as second-best player in Indiana, 12th-best prospect in the Midwest and 14th-best defensive tackle in his class by ESPNU . . . rated number-121 player nationally and eighth-best defensive tackle in his class by MaxPreps and Tom Lemming . . . listed 244th nationally on Rivals.com Rivals250 . . . ranked third-best player in Indiana and 18th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com . . . rated 24th-best defensive lineman nationally and 12th-best player in Midwest by SuperPrep . . . named Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year for 2011 . . . runner-up for 2011 Indiana Mr. Football award as chosen by Indiana Football Coaches Association . . . one of eight defensive linemen on IFCA Top 50 all-state squad in both 2011 and 2010 . . . first-team defensive lineman on Associated Press Indiana Class 5A all-state squad for 2011 . . . starter on defensive line for Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . made 55 tackles, 12 for loss, nine sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries as senior in 2011 . . . named Marion County Coaches' Player of the Year at Indianapolis Kiwanis Club's 55th Annual High School Awards program for 2011 . . . first-team defensive lineman on all-Marion County team . . . helped Warren Central to 11-1 record and number-one ranking in 2011, with only loss in sectional final to eventual Indiana 5A champion Carmel . . . played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix . . . honorable mention AP all-state pick as junior in 2010 . . . coached by John Hart at Warren Central High School . . . born July 1, 1994 . . . enrolled at Notre Dame for 2012 spring semester.
John Turner, DB, 6-0, 206, Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral) – Named to Indianapolis Star Super Team for 2011 . . . first-team defensive back on 2011 Indianapolis Star all-city team . . . first-team defensive back on Associated Press Indiana Class 4A all-state squad for 2011 . . . ranked the fifth-best prospect in Indiana by 247Sports . . . rated 62nd-best player in Midwest by SuperPrep . . . made 49 tackles and broke up six passes as senior defensive back in 2011 for Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . helped Cathedral to second straight Indiana Class 4A title in 2011 with championship game win over South Bend Washington . . . his Cathedral team eliminated Columbus East andcurrent Irish teammate Gunner Kiel in semifinal matchup . . . made 55 tackles and four interceptions as junior in 2010 in Cathedral’s state title season . . . won AAU national championship in tae kwon do as junior high competitor . . . coached by Rick Streiff at Cathedral High School . . . born June 10, 1994.
Romeo Okwara, OLB, 6-4, 240, Charlotte, NC (Ardrey Kell) – first-team defensive lineman on all-Observer squad by Charlotte Observer for 2011 . . . considered the 13th-best player in North Carolina by 247Sports . . . rated 15th-best player in North Carolina by SuperPrep . . . ranked number-19 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com . . . led team with 76 tackles, 14 sacks and 27 tackles for loss, to go with 18 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a field-goal block . . . two-time all-Mecklenburg select by Charlotte Observer . . . as junior in 2010 recorded 70 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal . . . an all-league selection on 8-5 Ardrey Kell team as junior . . . chosen to play in North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl . . . from same high school that produced current Irish defender Prince Shembo . . . moved to United States from Nigeria as sixth-grader . . . coached by Adam Hastings at Ardrey Kell High School . . . born June 17, 1995.
Mark Harrell, OL, 6-5, 270, Charlotte, NC (Catholic) – Second-team pick on MaxPreps 2011 U.S. Air Force All-American team as offensive lineman . . . second-leading vote-getter among offensive linemen on 2011 Associated Press North Carolinaall-state team . . . first-team offensive lineman on All-Observer squad named by Charlotte Observer in both 2011 and 2010 . . . rated 16th among North Carolina players bySuperPrep . . . ranked 17th-best prospect in North Carolina and 25th-best offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals.com . . . helped Catholic average 333 rushing yards and 43points per game in 2011 to go with 5,197 yards of total offense and also played some at tight end . . . two-time first-team All-Mecklenburg selection by Observer in 2011 and 2010 for players in immediate Charlotte area . . . three-time all-MEGA 7 3A/4A selection . . . helped 2010 Catholic team to 14-1 record in junior campaign that featured 4,904 team rushing yards and included advancement to North Carolina Class 3AA playoff semifinals . . . played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix . . . chosen to play in North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl . . . also played basketball and throws the shot in track and field . . . coached by Jim Oddo at Charlotte Catholic High School . . . born May 3, 1993.