Tyler Luatua plans to transfer, per multiple reports. The rising junior who has played sporadically over the past two seasons will likely look to reboot his football career at BYU.
In two seasons with the Irish Luatua hasn’t caught a pass. The 255-pound tight end served mostly as a blocking option, playing 10 games during his freshman campaign, his most significant action coming against LSU in the Music City Bowl. Of the 211 snaps Luatua took in 2015, 145 of those were run plays, with Luatua serving as additional bulk in the trenches.
Neither Notre Dame nor Luatua have made the news official yet, but reports have Luatua asking for his release and Notre Dame granting it. Rumors surfaced right after the new year that Luatua was looking to move on, the first report coming from BYU reporter Terrell Williams.
Notre Dame’s tight end depth chart returns senior Durham Smythe, junior Nic Wishar and sophomore Alizé Jones. (Chase Hounshell is also eligible for a sixth year.) While the Irish don’t have a tight end commit in the 2016 recruiting class, they’ve already locked down two top prospects in the 2017 group in Cole Kmet and Brock Wright.
Luatua picked Notre Dame out of Southern California, a three-star prospect who had an offer to join his brother at Alabama playing for Nick Saban. With two seasons of eligibility remaining, Luatua will sit out next year before returning to the field in 2017.