It’s transfer portal season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the rest of college football. There will be many, many names that enter the portal, and the Irish won’t be immune to a large handful of players seeking a chance to play elsewhere. On Tuesday, Notre Dame defensive lineman Aidan Keanaaina announced his entry into the transfer portal.
Love thee ☘️ pic.twitter.com/CHIR1KyTFi— AIDAN IKAIKA KEANAAINA (@AidanAkfootball) November 28, 2023
“I want to start by thanking God for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love and for blessing me with the talent and the drive to pursue my dreams,” wrote Keanaaina on his social media accounts. “I also want to thank Coach Freeman, Coach Washington and the entire coaching staff for believing in me, and helping me grow as a player and a person. I am grateful for the support and guidance they have given me throughout my time at Notre Dame.”
“To my teammates, who have become my brothers for life, thank you for pushing me, challenging me and inspiring me every day. I have learned so much from them, both on and off the field. I will always cherish the memories we have made together.”
“Lastly, I want to make the fans, the alumni and the administration for their unwavering love and loyalty. Notre Dame is a special place, and I am honored to have been a part of this tradition in this community. I will always be proud to say that I am a Notre Dame man.”
“However, after much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal with two years of eligibility. I love Notre Dame and I love this team. But I also have to do what is best for me and my future. Even as I enter the portal, I will always have a place in my heart for Notre Dame, and I will always be a part of the fighting Irish family. I wish nothing but the best for my brothers and my coaches. I hope they continue to dominate and make history.”
Thank you Notre Dame for everything. You will always be in my prayers.
Good luck to Aidan at his new destination and all that he does with his life.