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Notre Dame Football: What’s going on with the Irish and the transfer portal?

It’s just getting started

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 13 Minnesota at Iowa
Keagan Johnson with the Iowa Hawkeyes

It’s been a wild week for rosters all around college football this week with the official opening of the transfer portal on Monday. While I certainly expected a little more news on the Notre Dame front, there’s still plenty to digest as we move forward.

Let’s take a quick look at what happened over the past few days if only to understand Notre Dame’s position and upcoming moves.

IN THE PORTAL

Notre Dame saw three players jump into the portal on Monday, but technically that number is five when you add the departures that happened during the season.

DL Jacob Lacey

Lacey left the team and announced his intentions of jumping into the transfer portal back in October. After initially predicted to end up with the Kentucky Wildcats, Lacey transferred to the Oklahoma Sooners on November 24.

WR Joe Wilkins

Wilkins left the team and announced his intention of jumping into the transfer portal back in the first week of November. There’s been very little news about where his next landing stop might be.

QB Drew Pyne

It wasn’t going to be a surprise that Pyne would jump into the transfer portal at some point this offseason, but it was a little shocking that Drew decided to do it before Notre Dame’s Gator Bowl game against the South Carolina Gamecocks — which is exactly what he did on Monday. His next home is still very much a mystery.

DL Osita Ekwonu

Ekwonu was one of the players that had eligibility left to use, but ran out to be honored on Notre Dame’s senior day, so this move was very much expected.

DB Jayden Bellamy

Bellamy entered his name into the transfer portal on Monday. The New Jersey native didn’t see any action with the Irish as a freshman as he struggled with injuries. He is currently predicted to end up back in his home state with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

2023 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Quarterback Kenny Minchey Steve Angeli Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus - Sam Hartman
Running Back Jeremiyah Love Jadarian Price, Gi'Bran Payne Audric Estime, Logan Diggs Chris Tyree -
Tight End Cooper Flanagan Eli Raridon, Holden Staes Mitchell Evans, Davis Sherwood Kevin Bauman -
Wide Receiver Braylon James, Rico Flores, Jaden Greathouse, Kaleb Smith Tobias Merriweather Deion Colzie, Lorenzo Styles, Jayden Thomas - Matt Salerno, Kaleb Smith
Center - Ashton Craig Pat Coogan - Zeke Correll
Guard Sam Pendleton, Joe Otting, Chris Terek Billy Schrauth Rocco Spindler - Andrew Kristofic
Tackle Sullivan Absher, Charles Jagusah Ty Chan, Aamil Wagner Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Michael Carmody, Tosh Baker -
Defensive Tackle Boubacar Traore, Devan Houstan Tyson Ford, Donovan Hinish Gabe Rubio Aidan Keanaaina, Rylie Mills Howard Cross
Defensive End Brenan Vernon, Armel Mukam Joshua Burnham, Aiden Gobaira, Junior Tuihalamaka Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrensberger, Jordan Botelho NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Javontae Jean-Baptiste
Linebacker Drayk Bowen, Preston Zinter, Jaiden Ausberry Nolan Ziegler, Jaylen Sneed Prince Kollie - Jack Kiser, Marist Liufau, JD Bertrand
Safety Adon Shuler, Ben Minich, Brandyn Hillman - Justin Walters Xavier Watts, Ramon Henderson D.J. Brown, Thomas Harper
Cornerback Micah Bell, Christian Gray Jayden Mickey, Benjamin Morrison Ryan Barnes, Philip Riley, Chance Tucker Clarence Lewis Cam Hart
Specialists - Bryce McFerson (P) Josh Bryan (K) - Michael Vinson (LS), Spencer Shrader (K)
Totals 24/85 (24) 44/85 (20) 67/85 (23) 78/85 (11) 94/85 (16)
5th year eligibility moving forward is not represented on this chart due to COVID year. May be subject to change.

OFFERS

Notre Dame is very active in its search of players in the transfer portal, and over the coming weeks, will hand out offers to those in the portal that can help the Irish. Here is the list of offers Notre Dame has out at the moment:

DT Braden Fiske Western Michigan Broncos

WR Dante Cephas Kent State Golden Flashes

WR Keagan Johnson Iowa Hawkeyes

There will be more to come.

QUARTERBACK SITUATION

More so than any other position, the quarterback is the biggest priority for Notre Dame — and also the one that is decidedly uncertain. Hudson Card, Brennan Armstrong, Spencer Sanders, Devin Leary, and a handful of other names familiar to Notre Dame fans are in the portal. You can see the full list HERE.

No official public offer has gone out to any one quarterback — which is more about strategy than reality. Unfortunately for those that want this wrapped up sooner than later... that likely won’t be the case. Notre Dame will likely be in pursuit of a quarterback in the portal well into January.