Junior RB Justin Brent will transfer from Notre Dame

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Justin Brent's Notre Dame football career never got off the ground.

A 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior and former consensus four-star recruit, Brent played in nine games in his three seasons at Notre Dame but failed to record a carry, catch or tackle. The converted running back did not play at all in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Now, the Speedway, Ind., native will attempt to make more of an impact somewhere else.

Brent plans to graduate from Notre Dame this summer and then transfer into another program, he confirmed to the Tribune on Friday. If he does indeed graduate, Brent would be eligible to play for another FBS program immediately. Brent's departure was first reported by Irish 247.

As for future landing spots, Brent said that he's currently considering UCLA, Miami, Arizona State, Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State.

The former Speedway High School standout played in nine games in his freshman season in 2014, primarily on special teams. After redshirting the 2015 season, he missed the entirety of the 2016 season with a lingering lisfranc foot injury.

Friday marks the anticlimactic end to what was expected to be a celebrated Irish career. When he signed with Notre Dame in Feb. 2014, Brent was ranked as the No. 64 overall prospect in the 2014 class by Scout, No. 67 by 247Sports and No. 84 by Rivals.

Notre Dame's remaining scholarship running backs include sophomores Josh Adams and Dexter Williams, freshmen Tony Jones Jr. and Deon McIntosh and early enrollee C.J. Holmes.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick celebrates with player Justin Brent (11) following the 31-28 victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN