Notre Dame DE Jonathon MacCollister announces transfer to Central Florida

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

He went from Florida to South Bend.

Now, back to Florida.

On Friday, Notre Dame freshman Jonathon MacCollister — a 6-foot-3, 233-pound defensive end — announced that he will transfer to Central Florida. MacCollister did not see the field as a freshman in 2017.

"I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame and Coach Kelly and his coaching staff for giving me an amazing opportunity to be part of one of the best institutions in the country," MacCollister wrote in a Twitter post on Friday night.

"I would also like to thank my teammates for accepting me into their family and treating me like their brother from day one, and to me they will always be my brothers. I would also like to thank all the friends I've made up at Notre Dame especially Alumni Hall for being amazing and caring people.

"That being said after much thought, prayer and talking it over with my loved ones ... I would like to announce that I will be transferring and coming home to play (tight end) for the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA."

A consensus three-star recruit, MacCollister registered 42 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his senior season at Bishop Moore High School in 2016. He added 21 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end.

MacCollister — a DeLand, Fla., native — attended the same high school as former Irish offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux, who also transferred to Central Florida prior to the 2017 season.

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— JonathonMacCollister (@bigbird__54) January 5, 2018

Jonathon MacCollister runs a drill during the Irish Invasion at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, June 18, 2016. ND Insider Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA