NOTRE DAME, In– Notre Dame will lose yet another defensive back due to the transfer portal as safety Derrik Allen has decided to put his name into the portal.
The Irish lost cornerback Noah Boykin in April when he transferred to UMass three months later.
Allen’s name has yet to officially appear in the transfer portal but according to a report from 247Sports.com there is ‘no optimism from anyone inside the Gug that he’ll remain in South Bend and the expectation is that he’ll be in a new school in the coming months.’
Allen was a four-star member of Notre Dame’s 2018 recruiting class after he was ranked the No. 9 overall safety in the country and the No. 14 overall player in Georgia.
Allen did not see the field as a freshman and sat the season out as a redshirt. The 6-foot-2, 210 pounder also received offers from Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and many others.
Allen was passed on the depth chart and it was going to be a challenge for him to see the field this year as well. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was recently asked about Allen just prior to the start of fall ball.
“Here’s a young player who got a lot of reps in the spring and he’s a guy that will be part of that evaluation process,” said Kelly of Allen. “He’s part of it. He’ll get a chance and have an opportunity to make a statement. That’s the great part about camp. You’ve got a lot of cameras on you, you’ve got a lot of eyes on you and there’s no place to hide.”
Allen will be forced to sit out the 2019 season following his transfer and have three years of eligibility after he lands at his new school.