Even though National Signing Day is done and over with for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they are still looking to add to the 2019 roster via the transfer market. Eric Kumah, the second leading receiver for the Virginia Tech Hokies last year, just so happens to be on the market. Kumah scored seven touchdowns in 2018, and wants to use the graduate transfer option.
A receiver of this caliber with proven production is a fairly coveted commodity, and Kumah has narrowed his list down to 6 schools:
The Irish made the cut along with:
- Penn State Nittany Lions
- Cincinnati Bearcats
- Texas Tech Red Raiders
- Louisville Cardinals
- Old Dominion Monarchs (ironically enough)
While I don’t believe an official visit has been made officially public, it is thought that Kumah will visit the Irish on February 23. Once we know more for certain — we’ll report with more certainty.
The Irish return a large number of receivers from last year, but the loss of Miles Boykin means there is a large loss of production making its return. Both Chase Claypool and Chris Finke will be starters at WR and the Slot, while many assume Kevin Austin will ascend into Boykin’s role. There is also the issue with the handful of speedy run receivers already on the roster.
However... Brian Kelly likes seasoned receivers and Kumah is a very productive wideout that ISN’T injured — unlike previous WR’s that have recently transferred into Notre Dame.
I look for Notre Dame to make a very strong case and push for Kumah, and one of its best sells (besides the Notre Dame graduate degree) is Ian Book. For a wide receiver, transferring to a school that has an accurate quarterback that likes to spread the ball around is a very enticing option to weigh against the other schools involved.