Jalen Guyton's career at Notre Dame may be over before it started.
Irish Illustrated has learned the freshman receiver has been suspended by the football program from all team activities and is no longer practicing in advance of the Fiesta Bowl. He was not allowed to attend the team’s awards show last Friday night.
A source told Irish Illustrated that Guyton’s future as a student-athlete at the University beyond this semester is in serious doubt and that he plans to transfer. The fall semester ends Friday with the conclusion of final exams.
The University confirmed the suspension on Friday afternoon, stating that Guyton, "has been suspended from all football-related activities pending the resolution of a private University process."
Guyton, who took a red-shirt this season, did not travel to road games and figured to be a developmental athlete within an Irish offense that may lose all three starting receivers in Will Fuller, Chris Brown and Amir Carlisle.
Notre Dame signed four receivers a year ago in Guyton, Equanimeous St. Brown, C.J. Sanders and Miles Boykin. Sanders and St. Brown played this fall in supporting roles, at least at receiver. Boykin also took a red-shirt, although Brian Kelly recently praised the Chicagoland product for his development.
Guyton received no such praise from the head coach.
The Irish have commitments from two receivers in Chase Claypool and Kevin Stepherson, with four-star target Javon McKinley a likely get at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next month. The Irish are also in play for Damian Alloway, Velus Jones and Demetris Robertson at the position.
Guyton was the third verbal commitment in Notre Dame’s freshman class a year ago, following Jerry Tillery and Tristen Hoge. Scout.com listed Guyton as a four-star prospect with offers from Baylor, Clemson, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU and Texas A&M.
The Aggies made a strong run at Guyton during his senior year, pitching the idea of playing with Allen teammate Kyler Murray in College Station. However, the five-star quarterback is reportedly leaving Texas A&M after just one semester.