With less than three months remaining until the season, Notre Dame has lost a player from its defensive end rotation. Jhonny Williams, a 6-foot-4, 260 pound defensive end out of Berrien Springs, MI, is leaving the program after redshirting in 2014. Williams made the announcement on Facebook, according to ND Insider.
"Friends, family, loved ones, I will be transferring from the university of Notre Dame to pursue a football/academic career elsewhere, thank you for your support," Williams wrote on Facebook.
When asked by ND Insider, why he was transferring, Williams said via text message, "Great school, great place, just not the right fit."
Williams went into more detail about the decision with 247Sports' Tom Loy.
"This was the best decision for me," Williams told Loy. "I love Notre Dame. I love the coaching staff. I love the players. I love every single thing about Notre Dame. This has nothing to do with the football program or anything with the staff. I can't say it enough how much I appreciate my time at Notre Dame. This was just a decision about family. My family has been going through some stuff and my mom is dealing with some stuff and I just want to be a little closer to home right now. My mind has been elsewhere and that's where my focus has been. Things are much better now, so I want to find a fresh start somewhere and put my focus and attention into it 100-percent."
Williams was a three-star recruit, with offersfrom his home state Michigan Wolverines, Missouri, Washington, and a few small conference programs. Based on his quotes, it seems likely that he tries to move to a school in Michigan, although he told ND Insider that he does not have a destination in mind yet.