Notre Dame Fighting Irish News: Captain leaves for the NFL, more

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football captain Cam Hart is joining Joe Alt in the NFL draft this spring, he announced on Wednesday.

Notre Dame cornerback Cam Hart (5) goes through drills Wednesday, April 12, 2023, during spring
Notre Dame cornerback Cam Hart (5) goes through drills Wednesday, April 12, 2023, during spring / Greg Swiercz / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Another day, another Notre Dame Fighting Irish football player deciding to go pro. Granted, the announcement from captain and star cornerback Cam Hart was hardly a surprise.

Hart announced that he's entering the 2024 NFL Draft on Wednesday. As a side effect of that announcement, the defensive back said he'll skip the Golden Domers' Sun Bowl tilt against the Oregon State Beavers.

Hart's 2023 statistics weren't eye-popping, but it was clear that he was one of the best cover corners in college football. The captain racked up 21 tackles, four pass break ups, and three tackles for loss this past season. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed just 15 receptions and 137 yards all season. He did not allow a single touchdown reception in 2023.

When looking at the most recent Notre Dame football mock drafts, Hart hasn't been mentioned in the first three rounds. Though it's possible some of those were waiting to see if he actually went pro before including him in the projections.

Kris Mitchell excited about Riley Leonard

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has had quite a week. Before they landed Riley Leonard as the starting quarterback for 2024, they hauled in a pair of transfer wide receivers. That includes former FIU pass catcher Kris Mitchell:

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  • The Notre Dame football team is getting its own kind of Hard Knocks type show. The program will be exlcusively on Peacock and will give fans a look behind the scenes during fall camp next year. With guys like Leonard, and Mitchell and returning stars, it's going to be quite the interesting show.
  • Offensive lineman Michael Carmody has officially entered the portal. The backup lineman is a former 4-star recruit and his depature continues to weaken a unit that didn't look all that strong before. It will be interesting to see how Freeman and company deal with this group.

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  • A ruling on Wednesday has turned the transfer portal upside down. The NCAA had a two-week freeze put on denying players waivers for transferring twice. Now Nicole Auerbach is reporting that the organization won't be fighting that ruling or seeking retribution against any player that takes advantage of it. One has to wonder if the Notre Dame Fighting Irish might see what they can do in that regard.