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Notre Dame Defensive Lineman Jay Hayes Announces He's Transferring

A general view of Notre Dame's football field.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Notre Dame defensive lineman Jay Hayes announced on Friday night that he intends to transfer and play his final year of eligibility elsewhere. Hayes will graduate in May, meaning he can use the grad transfer rule to play immediately next year at a different school.

Hayes was a starter last season and recorded 27 tackles for the team. He took to Twitter to make his announcement. In it, he thanks both the school and his coaches for the opportunity to play for the Fighting Irish.

Hayes also notes that the school granted his release.

"I just want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the love and support they've poured into me. I will like to thank the coaching staff for granting me my release as a graduate transfer.

ND is a special place to go as man on and off the field. I've learned so many valuable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I'm going to miss the relationships I've established along with all the guys on the team.

It's nothing but love for y'all. I will graduate this May and I'm currently in the process of selecting a new destination for my last year of college football. Blessings!"

There's no word on where Hayes plans to look regarding his transfer. As noted earlier, he'll have one year of eligibility wherever he lands.