College football teams off to fast starts in 2023 recruiting

Marcus Freeman held on to Notre Dame's recruits after replacing Brian Kelly and has built a strong base for his 2023 class. Photo by Robin Alam

There are 47 ESPN Junior 300 prospects in the 2023 class that have already made a commitment. Now that the majority of the 2022 recruits have signed in December, it's time to start focusing on the next class and the next group of elite prospects who could make an impact on college football.

Since recruiting is an arms race and a sprint to get ahead of the competition, quite a few programs have already gotten a jump start on this next class.

There are a few surprise teams and some familiar faces at the top of the list at this point, but two schools in particular have gotten out ahead of the rest. Here is a look at the teams that are off to a fast start in the 2023 recruiting cycle.

Notre Dame

The Irish went through a coaching change late in the calendar year, with Brian Kelly leaving for LSU and defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman getting promoted to head coach. Despite that coaching change, Notre Dame lost only three commitments in 2022 and haven't lost any in the 2023 class since Kelly left.