Sophomore tight end Tyler Luatua will transfer from Notre Dame, Irish Illustrated confirmed on Monday. BYU is the likely beneficiary, although the transfer destination is still a work in progress.
A desire to be closer to family on the West Coast is the primary reason for Luatua’s transfer, according to sources.
The La Mirada, Calif., product was shuffled into Notre Dame’s starting lineup last season after starting tight end Durham Smythe underwent surgery following Notre Dame’s second game and missed the rest of the regular season. Luatua missed games against Massachusetts and Clemson after suffering a concussion but started the rest of the season.
Luatua played in 10 games as a freshman.
Smythe, who has two years of eligibility remaining, returns next fall as Notre Dame’s projected starter. Alize’ Jones and Nic Weishar will provide depth and three years of remaining eligibility each. Chase Hounshell could apply and receive a fifth-year of eligibility, although a source told Irish Illustrated that he’s likely to move on from South Bend.
Notre Dame isn’t expected to sign any tight ends next week on National Signing Day, although two are committed in the junior class in four-stars Brock Wright and Cole Kmet.
Luatua was a three-star prospect and ranked as Scout’s No. 18 tight end in the Class of 2014. He verbally committed to Notre Dame in December of 2013.