Landen Bartleson Released by Notre Dame After Being Arrested on Burglary Charges

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IJanuary 25, 2020

Notre Dame helmets are seen following an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 19-14. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Three-star recruit Landen Bartleson has been released from his letter of intent by Notre Dame after he was arrested alongside two unnamed 16-year-olds and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and receiving stolen property.

Notre Dame officials initially declined to comment as to whether Bartleson's arrest will affect his standing with the university, according to the South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen.

However, head coach Brian Kelly later released a statement Saturday that said Bartleson "will no longer be welcomed as a member of our football program."

The Boyle County (Danville, Kentucky) product is alleged to have smashed a window and stolen numerous guns from a local store, WKYT reported Friday night.

"Police say they were also investigating a vehicle theft that happened overnight on Centre College's campus," WKYT added. "We're told the trio was also linked to the vehicle theft. The vehicle was later recovered on Alum Springs Crosspike and police say all nine stolen guns from the burglary were found."

Bartleson signed a letter of intent to play football at Notre Dame in December:

Bartleson was expected to enroll at Notre Dame in June, per Hansen. 

Bartleson received 10 offers, per 247Sports, but only visited Notre Dame. Other interested programs were Colorado, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

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