Notre Dame lost a potential pass rusher on Thursday.
Sophomore defensive end Jhonny Williams will transfer, telling Irish Illustrated he’s already been given his release from the University without restrictions. Williams said he only recently had begun to contemplate a move and he’d like to find a new program sooner than later.
He did not reveal the programs under consideration.
“Notre Dame is a great place to be and a great school, it just wasn’t the right fit for me,” Williams told Irish Illustrated.
It would appear Williams’ departure was not related to discipline or academics based on Brian Kelly’s comments earlier this week that everyone on the roster remained in good standing.
Williams was a late addition to his class when Notre Dame and Michigan showed interest in the one-time Missouri commitment late in his recruiting cycle. The Irish offered Williams before the arrival of Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator, ultimately flipping him in late November.
The product of Berrien Springs, Mich., was a three-star prospect on Scout.com and ranked as the nation’s No. 51 defensive end. He was seen as a developmental prospect and surefire red-shirt, which is how last season played out.
Notre Dame needed Williams to turn a corner during spring practice to augment the pass rush, but it appears that never occurred as Williams fell behind Andrew Trumbetti, Kolin Hill and Jonathan Bonner in his class. Williams projected as a third-team contributor this season, following those classmates in addition to starters Isaac Rochell and Romeo Okwara, plus potentially Ishaq Williams.