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Aaron Lynch leaving USF for the NFL

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After just one season playing at USF, Aaron Lynch has decided to take his game to the next level.

The school confirmed in a press release Tuesday that the defensive end will leave the Bulls and make himself available for the NFL draft next spring.  Speculation had been swirling since USF’s regular-season finale earlier this month that Lynch would indeed make the early leap to the NFL.

“We thank Aaron for his contributions to our program over the past two years and wish him all the best in his future,” USF head coach Willie Taggart said in a statement. “We look forward to Aaron representing USF well in the NFL.”

Lynch led the Bulls this season with four sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.

In mid-April of 2012, Lynch announced he would be transferring from Notre Dame, signing with USF a week and a half later.  He sat out that season after having his appeal for immediate eligibility denied.

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.  In his one and only season in South Bend, Lynch totaled 33 tackles, 5.5 sacks, seven TFL, 14 pressures and a forced fumble and was  named a Freshman All-American.

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4 Responses to “Aaron Lynch leaving USF for the NFL”
  1. spreadthecheese says: Dec 17, 2013 1:03 PM

    Immense talent with serious maturity issues. He had a monster year at Notre Dame his freshman season and then disappeared after that.

    Hopefully whatever issues he had have been resolved, because he’s a truly talented player.

  2. bonerchamp says: Dec 17, 2013 1:13 PM

    He should’ve been an OLB at ND. He never wanted to play 5 technique. If he can get his mind right, he’ll be an all pro at the next level.

  3. irishdodger says: Dec 17, 2013 2:03 PM

    Phenomenal talent but will be a colossal bust if he doesn’t grow up and show the maturity that he’s been lacking. True definition of the word beast but he’s still got a lot to prove.

  4. mediocrebob says: Dec 17, 2013 6:12 PM


    He was 280lbs his freshman year at notre dame.

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