Josh Barajas, a former four-star recruit and top player in the state of Indiana in the class of 2015, is transferring after two seasons at Notre Dame. He is heading to FCS Illinois State.
The Redbirds officially announced the move this afternoon.
From Illinois State head coach Brock Spack:
"We knew a lot about Josh coming out of high school, having played at Andrean High School with Tylor Petkovich," Spack said. "He was a very good player coming out of high school and landed at Notre Dame, but felt he needed a new start. We felt he would be a great fit for our system and give us a lot of flexibility at the linebacker position as a possible pass rusher. He can really play in space outside, but he is athletic enough to play inside or outside for us."
Barajas battled injury throughout his college career, and wound up appearing in nine games for the Fighting Irish, with no career tackles. As a recruit out of Andrean High School, he was a four-star player. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 137 overall recruit in the nation, and the No. 9 outside linebacker.
While his Notre Dame career didn't shake out as expected, he should be able to make a big impact at the FCS level for the Redbirds.