Freshman All-American Defensive End Aaron Lynch has announced his intention to transfer to the University of South Florida after the end of his spring semester at Notre Dame. Lynch was a standout playmaker as a freshman for the Irish this past fall, leading the team in sacks, and immediately making an impact on the defensive side of the ball. Losing Lynch severely damages the Irish front seven, which was shaping into one of the best (if not the very best) in the country.
South Florida beat Lynch and the Irish in the season opener last year, but that game has not factored into Lynch’s decision to leave Notre Dame. When discussing his departure from South Bend, Lynch cites a feeling of homesickness from his native Florida. Despite his mother’s pleading to her son and even reaching out via Twitter to former Notre Dame superstar and current NFL World Champion Justin Tuck to try and entice him to stick with the Irish. She really feels that staying with Notre Dame will help her son in the long run with the education he will receive as well as the great exposure he will get to NFL scouts.
While nothing will be official until Lynch actually enrolls at South Florida, it appears as though Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have moved on, and the depth of the defensive line should sustain the Irish through the season. That said, this is still a stinging blow to the fortunes of the Fighting Irish faithful.