Notre Dame: Shaq Evans Rumored To Be Leaving School

Brendan CollinsCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 11: Brian Kelly attends a press conference where he was named new football head coach at Notre Dame University on December 11, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana.  Kelly most recently led the University of Cincinnati to two consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances including a perfect 12-0 record this past season. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
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Shaq Evans, the highly recruited wideout from Inglewood, California, is rumored to have requested a transfer from Notre Dame. The sophomore receiver came into the season looking to gain a starting job; however, he was beat out by veteran Duval Kumara and true freshman Tai-ler Jones. According to sources at Irish Illustrated, Shaq has submitted his request and is currently in discussion with Brian Kelly over his decision.

Evans' problems at Notre Dame go far beyond the most recent depth chart publication as he admitted to nearly transferring after last season. He explained that he was frustrated with his lack of playing time and if the depth chart is any indication, it doesn't look good for him seeing the field much this year either.

Transferring is almost never a good idea for college athletes and only time will tell for Shaq, but this is head coach Brian Kelly's first big name transfer since arriving in the spring. More important than losing a high profile, high potential wideout is that his disappointment at Notre Dame could impact other California prospects from coming to South Bend.

Will we see No. 11 this fall or will he transfer to a Pac-10 school? Only Shaq Evans knows at this point, but things are not looking bright for Notre Dame fans who were looking for him to be the next Golden Tate.