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Notre Dame Football: Former Irish Safety Derrik Allen Will Head to Georgia Tech

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Rising sophomore had issues cracking the depth chart.

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 19 Georgia Tech at Notre Dame Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

Derrik Allen, who announced his intentions to leave the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program three days ago, has already found a new home with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The 6-foot-2, 220 pound cornerback from Marietta, Georgia, revealed that he was coming home Monday on Twitter.

“Sincere thank you to Coach Kelly and ND football for giving me a chance to purse my dreams,” wrote Allen, a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining. “To all my teammates, coaches and university faculty and staff: Thank you. I’m a better student athlete and young man than when I arrived. For personal reasons, I have made the very tough decision to transfer. My family and I prayed on this and asked God to order my steps and it became very clear. No matter how far you go, or how long you stay, there’s no place like home! I am committed to Georgia Tech! #404theCulture”

(The 404 area code covers Georgia Tech, which is based in Atlanta. Atlanta is about 20 miles south of Marietta.)

There’s no word, at present, if Allen will seek a waiver to be able to play immediately for the Yellow Jackets. Allen’s former team and his new team will play each other in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14, 2020.

The Irish are one scholarship below the limit, so look for either senior cornerback Temitope Agoro or freshman kicker Harrison Leonard to earn that coveted prize.