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Notre Dame Loses Top Recruit Following Brian Kelly Departure

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on.

BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 09: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches over the team before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Brian Kelly's sudden departure from South Bend is already resulting in some major implications.

On Tuesday, just hours after LSU officially announced Kelly as its new head coach, four-star cornerback recruit Devin Moore took to Twitter with an announcement of his own.

The highly-touted defender has decommitted from the Notre Dame program.

"I would like to thank the Notre Dame coaches and fans for believing in me and welcoming me to their family," Moore wrote. "Choosing a college is a huge decision and there are many factors to consider. I feel I need more time to figure out the best fit for me. After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to decommit from Notre Dame and reopen my recruitment. I will take this time to reevaluate my options and determine what is best for my future. I appreciate your patience and support while I finish my recruiting journey."

Moore committed to Notre Dame and Brian Kelly back on July 4, 2021 -- selecting the Fighting Irish over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and many other top-tier programs. Florida already had a home visit with the Naples, FL native last night and Alabama is continuing its pursuit as well, per Notre Dame recruiting insider Mike Singer.

Leaving behind a program on the cusp of a College Football Playoff appearance, Kelly has agreed to a 10-year, $95 million deal in Baton Rouge. LSU will officially introduce the former 12-year Notre Dame coach with a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

As of right now, Notre Dame holds the No. 4 overall recruiting class in 2022, per 247 Sports. Only time will tell if more highly-touted recruits begin to drop off in the wake of Kelly's departure.