A former Notre Dame running back coming off a big junior-college season is transferring to Washington State, Cougfan.com reported Sunday.
Deon McIntosh said he’s enrolling at WSU this summer and will be eligible to play for the Cougars immediately, according to the fan site.
McIntosh was named second-team NJCAA All-American last year after rushing for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns for East Mississippi Junior College, otherwise known as Last Chance U.
After playing for Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he rushed for 368 yards and five TDs as a second-year freshman at Notre Dame in 2017 before the Irish dismissed him for a violation of team rules.
McIntosh, 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, told Cougfan he’s a blueshirt, meaning an unrecruited walk-on who can accept a scholarship during preseason camp or thereafter.He has two years of eligibility remaining.
The Cougars are short-handed at running back after 2018 junior James Williams left school early to turn pro. Their presumed No. 1 player at that position is sophomore Max Borghi, who scampered and hurdled his way to 471 yards of total offense and 12 TDs last season.
McIntosh was one of three Notre Dame players suspended for various reasons prior to the 2017 Citrus Bowl, according to reports. He was later kicked off the team.
“I think this isn’t anything out of the ordinary,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said when the suspensions were announced. “It’s just guys need to make good choices and I made it pretty clear that if you didn’t make a good choice, then you were going to lose your opportunity to be part of what we’re doing down here (in Orlando, Fla.).”