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TRANSFER PORTAL: Northwestern CB Rod Heard commits to Notre Dame Football

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Northwestern at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish aren’t done with the transfer portal just yet. On Wednesday, Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Rod Heard gave his public commitment to transfer to Notre Dame.

Heard will get his masters degree this spring from Northwestern and won’t officially join the Irish until June — but the CB from Farmington, Michigan, will be wearing a golden helmet in 2024.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has played 46 games in his time at Northwestern. Heard has amassed 182 tackles (11 TFL), two sacks, two interceptions, ten pass breakups, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for the Wildcats.

The addition of Heard to the Notre Dame defensive backfield helps restrengthen a group that should continue to be really good in 2024 despite the losses of Cam Hart, Thomas Harper, and D.J. Brown.

Welcome to South Bend Rod!

2024 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Quarterback C.J. Carr Kenny Minchey Steve Angeli Riley Leonard -
Running Back Aneyas Williams, Kedren Young Jerimiyah Love Jadarian Price, Gi'Bran Payne - Devyn Ford
Tight End Jack Larsen Cooper Flanagan Eli Raridon Mitchell Evans, Kevin Bauman, Davis Sherwood -
Wide Receiver Cam Williams, Micah Gilbert, Logan Saldate Jaden Greathouse, Kaleb Smith, Jordan Faison - Deion Colzie, Jayden Thomas Kris Mitchell, Beaux Collins, Jayden Harrison
Center - - Ashton Craig - -
Guard - Sam Pendleton, Joe Otting, Chris Terek Billy Schrauth Rocco Spindler, Pat Coogan -
Tackle Peter Jones, Anthonie Knapp, Styles Prescod, Guerby Lambert Sullivan Absher, Charles Jagusah Ty Chan, Aamil Wagner - Tosh Baker
Defensive Tackle Sean Sevillano Devan Houstan, Armel Mukam, Brenan Vernon Tyson Ford, Donovan Hinish Jason Onye Howard Cross, Rylie Mills
Defensive End Cole Mullins, Bryce Young, Loghan Thomas Boubacar Traore Joshua Burnham, Aiden Gobaira, Junior Tuihalamaka Kahanu Kia Jordan Botelho, RJ Oben
Linebacker Teddy Rezac, Bodie Kahoun, Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa Drayk Bowen, Preston Zinter, Jaiden Ausberry Jaylen Sneed - Jack Kiser
Safety Kennedy Urlacher, Taebron Bennie-Powell, Brauntae Johnson Adon Shuler, Ben Minich - - Xavier Watts, Jordan Clark, Rod Heard
Cornerback Karson Hobbs, Leonard Moore Micah Bell, Christian Gray Jayden Mickey, Benjamin Morrison Chance Tucker Clarence Lewis
Specialists - - Bryce McFerson (P) - Mitch Jeter (K)
Totals 23/85 (23) 45/85 (22) 62/85 (17) 73/85 (11) 88/85 (15)

Notre Dame may be done with the transfer portal at the moment. Spring football will bring about more transfers out of the program (as it always does) so we’ll see where the numbers are after the spring game and if there’s room to add more talent to the 2024 campaign.