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Tyler Luatua to return to Notre Dame

Irish Illustrated has learned that junior tight end Tyler Luatua will not transfer from Notre Dame and will return to the football team.

Junior tight end Tyler Luatua will not transfer from Notre Dame, Irish Illustrated learned on Thursday.

In January, Luatua announced intentions to transfer to BYU at the conclusion of the academic semester.   

Luatua was a full-time student this spring at Notre Dame but has not been a member of the football team since January.

Per a source, Luatua “realized he made a mistake” and has engaged in multiple conversations with head coach Brian Kelly and associate head coach Mike Denbrock about returning to the football team.

Luatua’s family also encouraged him to stay at Notre Dame.

The La Mirada, Calif., product entered 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. Luatua,  Alizé Jones, who worked at wide receiver much of spring practice, and Nic Weishar will provide depth.  

Notre Dame did not sign a tight end in 2016, but the nation’s top two players at the position in 2017 – Brock Wright and Cole Kmet – are Notre Dame commitments.

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.


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