Notre Dame football looks like they lost fight for Cal transfer

Notre Dame football hoped to land one more transfer receiver, but it appears Jeremiah Hunter is headed elsewhere.
California Golden Bears wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter (3)
California Golden Bears wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter (3) / Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame football team has had an interesting December when it comes to their receiver room. It started the month losing enough pass catchers that there was some concern the wheels were coming off the Marcus Freeman wagon.

And then, a plan materialized. A plan that saw the Irish sign former Clemson wideout Beaux Collins and former Florida International receiver Kris Mitchell. But it appears there was an interest by Freeman and his coaches to add at least one more transfer player at the position.

It’s not clear what happens to those plans if the Tom Loy is right and former California receiver Jeremiah Hunter ends up at one of his old rivals. Hunter was one of two other transfer receivers the Notre Dame football team kept working on even after adding two potential new starters.

Earlier this week, Loy announced on X that he was making an official prediction for Hunter to transfer to the Washington Huskies. That move might sit better with Hunter these days since Cal is now part of the ACC, and Washington will be part of the Big Ten by next fall.

Notre Dame football has other options at wide receiver

The other portal wideout that the Fighting Irish had shown interest in was Wake Forest’s Jahmal Banks, though it appears either the player, or the team lost interest. That likely means that Freeman is done adding players at the position through transfer.

Of course, Notre Dame football has the luxury of deciding to now stand pat considering the talent they already have coming back, such as Jordan Faison, who had more than 100 yards receiving against Oregon State in the Sun Bowl.

They also have plenty of talent coming in the 2024 recruiting class such as Cam Williams and Logan Saldate. 

It’s clear that Jeremiah Hunter would be an excellent addition to the class, but if he really is headed elsewhere, it doesn’t cripple Notre Dame football in the slightest.