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Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:40 pm

Notre Dame cornerback announces he will transfer

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Notre Dame cornerback Nick Watkins announced on his social media accounts Thursday that he intends to transfer for his final season of eligibility. He'll get his degree in management consulting from the university before transferring, meaning he will be eligible to play for his new team in 2018.

"When I decided to attend Notre Dame, my primary goal was to earn a degree from this prestigious university and I'm proud to say I'll achieve that goal," Watkins wrote on Twitter and Instagram. "I've grown so much here and I appreciate all the valuable lessons that I've learned. Notre Dame will always hold a special place in my heart."

Watkins entered the program as a member of the 2014 recruiting class and saw the field in 11 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams. He was one of eight defensive players from the class to play at least eight games as a true freshman, joining Fort Wayne native Drue Tranquill, among others.

The Desoto, Tex. native didn't make any tackles as a freshman and had eight as a sophomore in 2015. He missed all of 2016 after he suffered a broken arm during spring practice.

Watkins' final season with the Irish was his best, as he totaled 29 tackles in 12 games and hauled in the only interception of his college career, which came in Notre Dame's 49-14 victory over No. 11 USC on Oct. 21. He also broke up eight passes in 2017.

dsinn@jg.net