With a sixth-year of eligibility, reserve tight end Chase Hounshell is heading to Ohio State. The Cleveland native will spend his final season on the football field in his home state, playing for a head coach who initially recruited him.
Hounshell made the news public via Twitter. He’ll be a walk-on for the Buckeyes, eligible to play thanks to the NCAA granting him an additional medical redshirt, though not taking one of Ohio State’s 85 scholarships.
With one career catch at Notre Dame, a return for a sixth year wasn’t in the cards for Hounshell and the Irish, especially with defensive end Jacob Matuska converting to the position. At Ohio State, Hounshell will hope to take a spot in a depth chart that has an opening at tight end, a situational role on a team who once again looks like the class of the Big Ten.
Before he was a Notre Dame commit, Hounshell was an early target and recruit of Urban Meyer, committing to play defensive end for the then-Florida head coach. But Meyer’s departure from Gainesville led the Irish into the game and Hounshell spent five seasons in South Bend, most marred by various shoulder injuries.
He finished his career in South Bend with six tackles as a reserve defensive end and one catch as a tight end.