The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have returned home from California after its thumping of Stanford, and so begins one of the wilder times of the year... transfer portal season. The first Irish player to enter the portal this time around is defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah.
“I can’t thank you enough for guiding me and molding me into the person I am now. The appreciation and love I have for the coaching staff, support staff, and all of my teammates will never fade, as I will always embrace being a part of the Irish family,” wrote Osafo-Mensah. “It has been an absolute honor to represent this team throughout my time, here in the blue and gold.”
“After earning two degrees from the University of Notre Dame, I will enter the transfer portal looking to find a new home from my last year of eligibility. I will always have love for the Irish, and I’m excited for my next opportunity.”
The Texas native was a big win for the Irish in the 2019 recruiting class, but he did take a few years to develop along the defensive line. His role increased quite a bit this season even with the addition of Javontae Jean-Baptiste to the position group. In 12 games of play, NaNa tallied 20 tackles with 5.5 TFL’s and 3 sacks.
Goof luck to NaNa wherever he might go.