Less than 48 hours before Notre Dame is set to kickoff the season, it appears the Irish will open camp short another player.
Sophomore defensive end Kolin Hill plans to transfer, per a report from Irish Illustrated. The Texas native played limited minutes last season, contributing two sacks on the season, but had an early-season high point against Michigan when he racked up 1.5 sacks.
Hill likely played into the mix at weakside defensive end, a position where the Irish plan to feature Andrew Trumbetti and Romeo Okwara, but are limited in depth behind that duo. Linebacker Doug Randolph has converted to the defensive front. Michael Deeb was likely going to shift there before a medical redshirt ended his playing career.
The defensive end position has been a difficult one in recent years. Recruit Bo Wallace never arrived in South Bend after signing his letter-of-intent. Jhonny Williams decided to transfer this offseason, and Ishaq Williams is still in the middle of an eligibility appeal with the NCAA.
Hill’s reported departure pushes fellow sophomores Grant Blankenship and Jonathan Bonner into the mix. The move will likely be confirmed tomorrow morning when Brian Kelly addresses the media to kickoff fall camp.