As many of you are aware Notre Dame lost two more receivers from it’s class of 2012. Speedster and potential playmaker Davonte Neal is transferring closer to home (Arizona) to be with his newborn daughter. Justin Ferguson will be transferring as well though a destination hasn’t been decided upon it looks like he will end up somewhere in the south (most likely a school in Florida). Davonte Neal was known for his fair catches this past season on the special teams unit. Justin Ferguson mostly saw his time on special teams as well. Neal was suppose to fill the shoes left by Robby Toma, while Ferguson’s role was still up in the air. Just as the Irish were starting to gather depth they have seen 3 players transfer in the past 2 weeks, and these might not be the last according to Coach Brian Kelly. Here’s a look at a few players who might fit/benefit from the departure of Neal.
Amir Carlisle. Lets face it he was going to see the field a bunch this season regardless of who was on the roster. Brian Kelly raved about him during his first spring practice meeting. Unfortunately, he broke his collarbone and will be out the remainder of the spring. Look for him to fill the WR/RB, “slot” left by Toma and now Neal.
CJ Prosise. CJ was originally going to be cross-trained as a DB and WR. He will now be given a shot at the spot vacated by Neal. Brian Kelly has stated in his news conferences that CJ has been impressive so far this spring and look out for him during the Spring game. He will need to show his ability while Carlisle on the shelf.
Tarean Folston. While he is not on campus yet he could see his role increase before taking a step on campus. If the aforementioned Prosise struggles in the spring and Carlisle continues to be injury prone Tarean will see the field often during his freshmen campaign. In Brian Kelly’s offense he wants this hybrid to be a WR/RB hybrid. Folston possesses the skill set Kelly is looking for in the offense. Time will tell if the job will be his.