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Ja’Mion Franklin to transfer from Notre Dame

| Friday, October 30, 2020

On Thursday, junior defensive lineman Ja’Mion Franklin entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal. He plans to leave Notre Dame after the season.

Several other members of the 2018 recruiting class also left the Irish football program: Phil Jurkovec (Boston College), Derrik Allen (Georgia Tech), Noah Boykin (Maryland), Luke Jones (Arkansas) and most recently, Jahmir Smith, who decided to stop playing football altogether.

Franklin chose Notre Dame over several other offers, including Wisconsin, Louisville, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Northwestern, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Rutgers. At the time, he was ranked as the No. 57 defensive tackle in the nation, as well as the No. 14 player from Maryland, by ESPN.com. Additionally, he was ranked No. 549 overall player nationally, No. 42 defensive tackle nationally and No. 12 player from Maryland by 247Sports.com.

Annie Smierciak | The Observer

In his freshman year, Franklin saw the field once in Notre Dame’s win against Wake Forest. He played 119 snaps in nine games his sophomore year, making one tackle each against Duke, Navy, Stanford and Iowa State. This year, Franklin only played 19 snaps in Notre Dame’s first two games.

This year, several players share Franklin’s position, including senior Kurt Hinish, sophomore Howard Cross III, junior Jayson Ademilola and senior Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa.

Franklin’s lack of playing time, paired with the talent of the other players who share his position, may have prompted his decision to transfer.

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