"Aaron recently approached me about his desire to leave Notre Dame and return to Florida," said Coach Brian Kelly. "I've always known and appreciated the affinity Aaron has for his home in Florida. However, the stark reality is you can't make it at Notre Dame if your head and heart are not here. I am proud of the effort Aaron made in the classroom and on the field at Notre Dame. I wish him all the best in the future."
The 6-foot-6, 260 pound Lynch started six games for Notre Dame as a true freshman in 2011, finishing with a team leading five and a half sacks and 14 quarterback hurries to go with his 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and one forced fumbles, earning freshman All-American honors.
"I want to thank Coach Kelly for giving me this great opportunity to attend Notre Dame and be part of the Fighting Irish football family," said Lynch. "This was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make, but I want to go back home to Florida. I'm grateful to Coach Kelly for understanding and allowing me to return home."
Lynch was one of the most sought after recruits coming out of high school in 2010. The 5-star defensive end from Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, FL was rated the no. 2 defensive end in the country by Scout and had over 50 offers from programs coast-to-coast.
Before he was a known commodity, the Island standout received his first written offer from the University of South Florida following a weekend visit to check out the Bulls in 2009. With Fort Meyers only being a few hours away, and Lynch transferring to be closer to his home, USF becomes one of the top schools in the mix for where he ends up.
The standout defensive end, that many project to leave early for the NFL would have three years of eligibility after sitting out this fall.
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