Notre Dame’s pass rush has taken another hit.
Sophomore defensive end Kolin Hill informed Irish Illustrated on Wednesday night that he will transfer out of Notre Dame and has received his release from the University. Hill, a product of Schertz, Texas, said he was already back home and not with the team in South Bend.
Notre Dame’s training camp will kick off Friday.
Brian Kelly will address the media on Thursday morning in advance of Notre Dame’s first practice the following day.
Hill was expected to compete for a pass rush role within the Irish defense this season after his freshman season that included nine games played, seven tackles and two sacks. He posted 1.5 sacks in the rout of Michigan in September. He was battling classmates Grant Blankenship, Andrew Trumbetti and Jonathan Bonner for playing time, likely in a reserve capacity this season.
Hill’s departure continues a negative trend along the defensive line for the Irish, where Jhonny Williams transferred this summer and Bo Wallace never enrolled, instead signing with Arizona State. The departures mean Notre Dame will have just six sure-fire eligible defensive ends this season, with the fate of Ishaq Williams unclear.
Hill was seen as an enticing project for Notre Dame out of Clemens High School outside San Antonio. The Irish offered late in his recruitment and held off a charge from Texas in recruiting’s final months to score his signature.
While it’s unclear where Hill will land – he declined comment – his twin brother Kaleb will be a red-shirt defensive end at Boise State this season.