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Notre Dame Football: Report states Marshall’s Cain Madden is transferring to the Irish

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 24 Florida Atlantic at Marshall Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to a report by Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister, Marshall Thundering Herd graduate transfer guard, Cain Madden, will be playing football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2021.

While at the time of publishing this article nothing has been made official by Cain madden or Notre Dame, we can certainly trust Tim Prister’s reporting.

Madden chose the Irish over the Florida State Seminoles which is a huge win — but also very telling. Florida State is looking to beef up its offensive line and has already added Notre Dame transfer, Dillan Gibbons, from the transfer portal. For Madden to pick the Irish, he had to see that there was immediate playing time on the line this season.

Notre Dame lost a lot to the NFL Draft this year, and spring football saw the Irish move a bunch of parts around to help find its best five players. With Jarrett Patterson out during the spring, Blake Fisher seemed to lock in the left tackle spot, while fellow freshman Rocco Spindler was lining up a starting guard spot for himself. The addition of Madden likely means that Spindler won’t be needed as badly this fall to start at a guard spot, and it will probably be Madden and Patterson inside with Josh Lugg and Fisher out at tackle — and Zeke Correll at center.

At least that’s the projection for the moment.

It’s a big offseason for the Irish and the transfer portal. Madden joins quarterback Jack Coan as new guys coming in, and Notre Dame is still in the hunt for Tulsa CB Akayleb Evans as well. The “returning production” stat is starting to dwindle as a negative.

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