The news does not stop coming out of South Bend. Unfortunately, it is all bad news for the Irish football team. Already hit with wide receiver Davonte' Neal's transfer, wide receiver Justin Ferguson is taking the same path.
Irish Sports Daily confirmed the news on Ferguson.
Irish Sports Daily can confirm that WR Justin Ferguson is transferring from #NotreDame.— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) March 27, 2013
Much like Neal, Ferguson was a top recruit of the 2012 recruiting class and was ranked inside the ESPN Top 150. But the similarities don't stop there; the talented wide receiver also struggled to see consistent playing time and wasn't as effective in his first season as many would have expected.
Ferguson played in 11 games last season but only caught one pass for nine yards, which came in the season opener against Navy. This isn't exactly the type of production you expect to see from one of the more talented players on the roster.
Did this have anything to do with why he is transferring? According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, head coach Brian Kelly is not willing to get into great detail about the moves of either player.
#NotreDame HC Brian Kelly on Neal, Ferguson transfers: "I'm not going to get into the specifics of it, other than they're no longer with us"— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) March 27, 2013
He also goes on to say how none of these moves come as a surprise, as transfers usually take place this time of year, according to Rachel Terlep of the Elkhart Truth.
#NotreDame HC Brian Kelly on the sudden transfers of Neal and Ferguson: "Nothing surprises me."— Rachel Terlep (@eTruth_Irish) March 27, 2013
The move by Neal should catch folks off guard, but Ferguson transferring isn't that much of a shocker. While Neal was expected to be the favorite for the starting slot position, Ferguson was going to have to fight his way onto the field. Buried behind guys like DaVaris Daniels and Daniel Smith on the depth chart, there was a good chance Ferguson was going to spend yet another season riding the bench.
Still, regardless of the minor impact this is going to have on the offense heading into the season, three transfers (including Gunner Kiel) in the span of a week is something you don't see very often.
The Notre Dame offense should be just fine moving forward with the amount of depth on that side of the ball. Of course, that is assuming this is the last player who decides he no longer wants to suit up in an Irish uniform.