Notre Dame’s newest receiver should catch onto the playbook quickly.
On Monday evening, just minutes after BYU announced the addition of former Irish offensive lineman Tristen Hoge, Notre Dame announced its own incoming transfer in former Arizona State wide out Cameron Smith as a graduate transfer.
With the Sun Devils, Smith played for both offensive coordinator Chip Long and receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander during an injury-shortened career. Smith missed his junior season with a knee injury, which opened the door for his move. When healthy as a sophomore, Smith posted 41 receptions and 596 yards, including four catches for a 67 yards and a touchdown in win over Notre Dame in November.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Smith never returned to form last season, playing in just eight games and posting 12 catches for 192 yards and no touchdowns. He finished sixth on the team in catches and receiving yardage.
Smith will have one season of eligibility remaining and joined the team on Monday.
Familiarity with Long's playbook and Alexander's coaching likely helped Notre Dame add to its receiver depth, which already added Michigan graduate transfer Freddy Canteen this off-season. With Smith and Canteen aboard, the Irish should enter summer workouts with 12 scholarship wide outs once incoming freshman Michael Young and Jafar Armstrong arrive. Considering Long's preference to work two tight end sets, the Irish may face a log jam for opportunity in the passing game and could potentially red shirt both incoming freshmen if the depth chart breaks toward Canteen and Smith.
Smith played in total 30 games for Arizona State and started 18 of them during his truncated career. He finished with 60 career receptions for 908 yards and six touchdowns.
He was a three-star recruit on Scout.com and a product of Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. That's the same program that produced former Irish running back Cam McDaniel.