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Notre Dame Football: Former 5-Star WR Jordan Johnson enters the transfer portal

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Jordan Johnson
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On Monday former 5-Star wide receiver Jordan Johnson announced that he will leaving Notre Dame and entering the transfer portal.

This is clearly just another case of “it just wasn’t working out” for player and for Notre Dame.

As a true freshman, Johnson barely saw the field in 2020 as the Irish heavily leaned on seniors Javon McKinley, Ben Skowronek, and Avery Davis. There was never a role for him — especially as he was trying to get used to being a student at Notre Dame and all of what that takes in and out of the classroom.

A lot of us kind of felt this one coming, and while the easy thing to do is complain about Notre Dame NOT playing him, it’s probably more productive to debate about evaluations gone bad. Is Johnson going to rip it up somewhere else? Time will tell on that, but just this spring it appeared as if he was going nowhere, and you have to wonder why that might be.

Johnson held offers from all over the country, so his next destination could be just about anywhere. Good luck to him.

The Irish are now officially thin at wide receiver in terms of numbers. That could mean taking in a transfer or two over the next several months. With Johnson’s departure, Notre Dame now has exactly two wide receivers in the sophomore and junior classes — Xavier Watts and Jay Brunelle.

2021 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Quarterback Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus Drew Pyne Brendon Clark* - Jack Coan
Running Back Logan Diggs, Audric Estime Chris Tyree Kyren Williams* C'Bo Flemister* -
Tight End Cane Berrong, Mitchell Evans Michael Mayer, Kevin Bauman - George Takacs* -
Wide Receiver Lorenzo Styles, Deion Colzie, Jayden Thomas Xavier Watts - Kevin Austin*, Braden Lenzy*, Joe Wilkins*, Lawrence Keys III* Avery Davis
Center - - Zeke Correll* Jarrett Patterson* -
Guard Pat Coogan, Rocco Spindler - Hunter Spears* John Dirksen* Cain Madden
Tackle Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Tosh Baker, Michael Carmody Andrew Kristofic*, Quinn Carroll* - Josh Lugg**
Defensive Tackle Gabriel Rubio Aidan Keanaaina, Rylie Mills Howard Cross*, Jacob Lacey Jayson Ademilola Kurt Hinish**, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa**
Defensive End Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrensberger, Jordan Botelho NaNa Osafo-Mensah*, Isaiah Foskey* Justin Ademilola* -
Linebacker Prince Kollie, Kahanu Kia - Jack Kiser*, Osita Ekwonu*, Marist Liufau*, JD Bertrand* Bo Bauer, Shayne Simon, Paul Moala Drew White, Isaiah Pryor
Safety Justin Walters, Khari Gee - Litchfield Ajavon*, Kyle Hamilton, KJ Wallace* Houston Griffith, D.J. Brown* -
Cornerback Ryan Barnes, Chance Tucker, Philip Riley, JoJo Johnson Clarence Lewis, Caleb Offord, Ramon Henderson Cam Hart* TaRiq Bracy -
Specialists Josh Bryan (K) Alex Peitsch (LS) Jay Bramblett - Jonathan Doerer**
Totals 26/85 (26) 41/85 (15) 60/85 (19) 76/85 (16) 85/85 (9)
* Eligible for 5th Year ** Eligible for 6th Year