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Former 4-Star Player's Notre Dame Career Is Over

Notre Dame football players walking onto the field.

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish walk out to the field for their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Darnell Ewell arrived at Notre Dame as one of the most heralded recruits in the 2017 class. Two years later, his career with the Fighting Irish is over.

Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribunereported on Sunday that Ewell will take a medical hardship, according to head coach Brian Kelly. He will remain enrolled at Notre Dame.

The move gets Notre Dame back to the NCAA regulated 85-scholarship limit.

“He’s had some issues relative to the stress of the game and academics and managing all that’s going on,” Kelly told Hansen. “I can’t get into the specifics of it. He’s staying in school. He’s going to get his degree. He’s excited about his future in terms of academics here at Notre Dame, and that’s a good thing.”

Ewell was a four-star recruit out of Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor in 2017. He was the No. 4 player in the state of Virginia and the No. 10 defensive tackle in his class, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

Ewell was also the fifth-highest rated signee for Notre Dame two years ago, so he came to campus with some high expectations.

Unfortunately, he did not see any game action for the Irish. Ewell redshirted as a true freshman nose guard in 2017 before making the switch to offensive line before last season.

He returned to nose guard during spring practice this year, but has now stepped away from the game.