In the last week it has been released that Notre Dame Football will receive two transfers, one from Arizona State (Cameron Smith) and one from Navy (Alohi Gilman.)
WR Cameron Smith from Arizona State will be eligible to play right away due to the fact that he is a graduate transfer. He is probably best known for his speed at a 4.4 40 time. However, in his career at ASU, he has caught 60 passes for 908 yards and 6 touchdowns. His best year came in 2014 where he caught 41 passes for 596 yards and 6 touchdowns. One concern I have is that he did miss the entire 2015 season due to an injury and coming off that injury in 2016 he only started 1 game but saw action in 8 and caught 11 passes for 183 yards. Hopefully he brings his speed AND his breakout year to Notre Dame this year.
The other transfer is safety Alohi Gilman who is transferring from Navy. He will not be eligible to play this year but will be eligible to see action in 2018. He is only a freshman so this missed year isn’t too much of a problem because he will still have 3 years of eligibility remaining. Also, Notre Dame is returning safeties Drue Tranquill, Nick Coleman, Jalen Elliot etc. who all saw action for Notre Dame in 2016. So chances are he may not have played this year to begin with. Nonetheless, Alohi played a major role in Navy’s defense last year playing in 14 games and starting 12 of them. The fun fact about this kid is that he played 3 different positions last year for Navy. He saw action at safety, corner and outside linebacker. He tallied 76 tackles (40 solo) and 5 pass break-ups which ranked 2nd on the team. He also had 2 fumble recoveries including one he took to the house and 1 forced fumble.
If nothing else these two players add depth to a Notre Dame roster that has seen players leave whether it’s graduation, NFL or transfers. I’m hoping they both can contribute majorly to Notre Dame Football and get them back to being a winning team.