By: Nick Shepkowski
7 catches for 61 yards are what the records books will show of Shaquelle Evans' time in a Notre Dame football uniform.
The sophomore to be was released from his scholarship on Tuesday and intends to transfer. No word on his school of choice just yet but Brian Kelly believes he may be headed back to California.
"He's a West coast kid. I think he would like to go back to the west coast and be closer to his family" said the Notre Dame head coach.
Evans was heavily recruited by USC as well before making his commitment to Notre Dame in the fall of 2008.
What's it mean for the Fighting Irish going forward at wide reciever?
Evans was not going to be included on the first or second teams on the depth chart heading into week one, much because Roby Toma solidified himself as the backup slot receiver a week ago in practice (the starting spot is currently held by Theo Riddick).
You mix Michael Floyd, Duval Kamara, and freshman Tai-ler Jones in on the outside and there just wasn't room for Evans on the two deep heading into the fall.
The hurt of losing Evans may not be felt this season but when Kamara and potentially Floyd are gone after 2010, the impact of Evans' departure will become more apparant.
Evans was a four-star recruit in the 2009 recruiting class and was expected to compete for playing time right away which he successfully did. Unfortunately he struggled as the 2009 season went on and never turned into the Notre Dame wideout that many thought he was going to be.
Evans is now the fourth California based WR/TE to transfer from Notre Dame in the last four years, joining the likes of Konrad Reuland (Stanford), Joesph Fauria (UCLA), and Will Yeatman (Maryland).
Evans was recruited out of Inglewood High School in California as a four star wide reciever and played in six games with the Fighting Irish his freshman season.
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