USF in mix for top Notre Dame transfer Lynch
Notre Dame freshman defensive end Aaron Lynch, a highly rated recruit who led the Fighting Irish in sacks last fall, is transferring to be closer to his home near Fort Myers and reportedly could wind up at USF this summer.
Bulls247.com's Josh Newberg reported he expects Lynch to wind up at USF this summer -- the Bulls have not yet received a release to even speak with him, but would have a scholarship available should he decide USF is where he wants to play. Lynch would have to sit out this fall, but would then have three years of eligibility, though he's seen by many as a potential early-entry NFL draft candidate.
Lynch, a Freshman All-America, was rated as the nation's No. 15 overall prospect by ESPN in his class, and he enrolled at Notre Dame last year, piling up 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and team highs of 5.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries. Check out a Youtube highlight video of him here.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced that Lynch was leaving the football team at a news conference Friday morning, and a statement issued by Notre Dame quoted Lynch as saying "I want to go back home to Florida." Lynch is from Cape Coral's Island Coast High -- USF has another transfer from Notre Dame and Cape Coral, safety Spencer Boyd, who played sparingly last fall as a redshirt freshman.