Any hopes USF entertained of having a 2011 Freshman All-American on the field this season have officially been dashed.
In a posting made to his Twitter account, head coach Skip Holtz announced that defensive lineman Aaron Lynch‘s appeal for immediate eligibility has been denied by the NCAA. As a result of the decision, Lynch will be forced to sit the 2012 season and will be eligible to play for the Bulls in 2013.
Lynch announced in mid-April that he would be transferring from Notre Dame in an effort to be closer to his family in his native Florida. Less than two weeks later, USF announced Lynch would be transferring to the school.
As a true freshman last season, Lynch started six of the 12 games in which he played, totaling 33 tackles, 5.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 14 pressures and a forced fumble. As a four-star member of the Irish’s 2011 recruiting class, Lynch was rated as the No. 3 defensive end and the No. 28 player in the country at any position.