Notre Dame adds graduate transfer WR Cameron Smith from Arizona State

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

DelVaughn Alexander won’t be the only Arizona State transplant joining Notre Dame for the 2017 season.

On Monday, the Irish announced the addition of former Sun Devil wide receiver Cameron Smith, who will complete a graduate transfer and be immediately eligible to play his final season at Notre Dame this fall.

Smith will reunite with Alexander, who was at Arizona State for the entirety of Smith’s career before leaving to become Notre Dame’s wide receivers coach in January.

Smith’s Arizona State career peaked as a sophomore in 2014 when he finished with 41 receptions for 596 yards and six touchdowns. That season included four catches for 67 yards and one touchdown in a 55-31 victory over the Irish.

The 6-foot, 203-pound receiver then missed the entire 2015 season with a right knee injury that required surgery. He returned in a limited role last season with 11 catches for 183 yards in eight games. In his three healthy seasons with the Sun Devils, Smith totaled 60 receptions for 908 yards and six touchdowns.

Smith came to Arizona State as a lightly recruited wide receiver out of Coppell (Texas) High. After missing time with an injury as a junior in high school, he caught 59 passes for 1,071 yards and 15 touchdowns in his senior season. Speed was highlighted as Smith’s major asset, with a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

Rivals rated Smith as a three-star recruit. 247Sports slated him as a two-star recruit and the No. 250 wide receiver in the 2013 class. Recruiting profiles on both sites for Smith listed scholarship offers from Iowa, Houston and North Texas, in addition to Arizona State.

Smith joins a crowded wide receiver depth chart in South Bend. Equanimeous St. Brown, Chase Claypool, Miles Boykin, Chris Finke, C.J. Sanders and Kevin Stepherson could all play significant roles for the Irish offense. Notre Dame is also adding Michigan graduate transfer Freddy Canteen at the wide receiver position.

Former Arizona State wide receiver Cameron Smith, left, will be transferring to Notre Dame. Here he makes a catch over former Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler in the 2014 game between both teams at Sun Devil Stadium. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)