Ex-Cretin T Matt Carufel Leaves Notre Dame

Matt Carufel, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound sophomore offensive tackle from Notre Dame, has left the team and could transfer to Minnesota or Iowa, according to the Chicago Tribune. Carufel, who started the last three games for the Irish, has been excused from practices this week due to "personal reasons."

Matt Carufel participated in just 2:41 of playing time last season in a reserve role as a freshman.

Carufel attended from Cretin-Derham Hall and was one of 18 linemen on Parade Prep All-America team. He was selected USA Today second-team and was rated 56th on list of top 100 prep players nationally by USA Today.

Carufel was Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005 and was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl prep all-star game. The Raiders finished 10-3 in his senior season and lost 28-24 to Wayzata in the Minnesota Prep Bowl championship game.

Carufel was three-year starter for the Raiders, where former Irish lineman Ryan Harris, tight end Marcus Freeman and 2005 fullback Rashon Powers-Neal attended.

Minnesota has Carufel's former teammate, Ned Tavale, on their roster and has commitments from Cretin seniors John Nance and Shady Salamon. Iowa has former Raider Rafuel Eubanks on its roster.

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