Sophomore OL Parker Boudreaux transferring from Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame's offensive line depth took another hit on Wednesday.
Sophomore offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux intends to transfer out of South Bend, head coach Brian Kelly announced. Boudreaux's impending departure comes two days after the school announced that junior offensive lineman Tristen Hoge will transfer from Notre Dame to BYU.
"We thank Parker for his work, dedication and commitment to the program over the last year and wish him nothing but the best moving forward," Kelly said in a statement.
A 6-foot-4, 288-pound sophomore from Winter Garden, Fla., Boudreaux did not play in his freshman season after arriving in South Bend last summer. The Bishop Moore High School standout was ranked as a four-star prospect in the 2016 class by both Rivals and 247Sports.
"I'd like to thank Notre Dame for giving me the opportunity to play for them out of high school," Boudreaux tweeted on Wednesday night. "My transfer has nothing to do with playing time or the university. I've met some extraordinary people throughout my time at Notre Dame. Looking forward to the next chapter."
On social media, at least, Boudreaux may have been better known by his nickname, P-Money. He owns nearly 60,000 Twitter followers, exposure that stemmed from the fact that he reported more than 70 scholarship offers. Boudreaux committed to Notre Dame in July 2015 by publishing a video in which he pulled a school bus and revealed an Irish monogram logo printed onto the asphalt in its wake.
It's unknown where Boudreaux — and the bus — will wind up next.
As for Notre Dame, this week's developments create question marks specifically at the center position, where Hoge and Boudreaux were No. 2 and 3 respectively behind senior Sam Mustipher on the Irish depth chart.
Mustipher — a 6-foot-3, 305-pound senior — started all 12 games at the center position last season.
Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand could realistically turn to senior Hunter Bivin (6-6, 318), junior Trevor Ruhland (6-4, 303) or freshmen Robert Hainsey (6-5, 292), Aaron Banks (6-6, 310) and Dillan Gibbons (6-4, 311) to compete at the center position this fall.
Of those five, only Bivin has seen game action in South Bend.
Notre Dame is expected to return four starters on the offensive line this fall — Mustipher, senior left tackle Mike McGlinchey, senior left guard Quenton Nelson and senior right guard Alex Bars, who started at the right tackle position last fall. Sophomores Tommy Kraemer or Liam Eichenberg are expected to fill the right tackle void in 2017.