Backup LB D.J. Morgan announces intention to graduate transfer

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

The 85-man roster limit the NCAA requires for college football is something teams will keep an eye on all offseason.

Backup linebacker D.J. Morgan dropped Notre Dame’s tally to 88 on Wednesday, announcing his intention to become a graduate transfer. Morgan will earn his ND degree this summer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. 

my plan < GOD’S PLAN!

Thank you, Notre Dame☘️ pic.twitter.com/MsRRmWnEdY

— DJ MORGAN (@deundraymorgan) January 16, 2019

Twelve members of the 2018 squad, which had 85 players on scholarship, saw their eligibility expire. The Irish welcomed 21 signees on Dec. 19, the first day of the early signing period. Three players — cornerback Julian Love, receiver Myles Boykin and tight end Alizé Mack — declared for the NFL Draft. Morgan joins quarterback Brandon Wimbush and defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway as players to transfer.

The Irish will not need to satisfy the NCAA limit until the first day of the fall semester. ND might add two more players to its 2019 class. Carlsbad (Calif.) High linebacker Asa Turner is split between ND and Washington. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Isaiah Foskey is considered a strong lean to the Irish.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Morgan saw zero action as a junior following a switch to linebacker in the spring of 2018. As a backup safety, Morgan recorded two tackles across two games in 2017. He did not see the field as a freshman.

Morgan, a Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco product, was one of ND’s lowest-rated players in its 2016 class. His decision brings ND’s linebacker unit to 13 players.

Backup linebacker D.J. Morgan announced his intention to graduate transfer from Notre Dame on Wednesday.