Once again, Notre Dame has added a Power Five football player. And this one has been decidedly expected.
In early January, Trevor Speights became one of more than a dozen Stanford players who had entered the NCAA transfer database. A month later, it was reported that Notre Dame football was viewed as the front-runner early on in the process.
In an update earlier this week, Speights confirmed that Notre Dame is still very much in play. As is, oddly enough, Rice.
Thursday night, Speights confirmed that, yes, he is moving on to the Notre Dame football team.
“I am thankful for my time at Stanford and for everyone who has helped me while I was there,” the back wrote on Twitter. “It has been an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to pursue my dreams on and off the field. I’m thankful to have had great teammates whom I have created lifelong bonds with. I look forward to what y’all do in the future. I will miss y’all! …
“Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout this difficult process. It has been a long month, but I am grateful to have the support system in place to come to a big decision like this one.”
Speights, incidentally, will head to South Bend as a graduate transfer.
— Trevor Speights (@TSpeightsRB) May 29, 2020
Familiarity certainly played a role in the decision.
Lance Taylor was the running backs coach at Stanford before taking the same job with Notre Dame football in January of last year. He was Speights’ position coach and helped recruit him to the Cardinal.
Speights was a three-star 2016 signee. After rushing for 363 yards and a touchdown on 95 carries in 2017-18, Speights didn’t record a carry in 2019.