SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Skip Holtz of the University of South Florida Bulls yells at an assistant coach during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 3, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Skip Holtz and the South Florida Bulls can officially claim their latest big-name transfer. Aaron Lynch, a freshman All-American at Notre Dame last season, has registered for classes at USF and joined the Bulls football team.
News of Lynch's potential transfer first surfaced a couple of weeks ago. The former Cape Coral High School standout and five-star prospect wanted to move back closer to his hometown of Fort Myers and never seriously considered transferring to any school other than South Florida, the first school to offer him a scholarship for the Class of 2011. Notre Dame granted him a release from his scholarship (and prevented him from going anywhere in Florida except USF), he visited the campus this past weekend, and today it became official when Lynch signed up for the Summer B semester, which begins June 25.
While there is a slight chance Lynch could become eligible for the 2012 season, it's more likely he will have to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules and then suit up for the Bulls in 2013. He may ultimately be a one-and-done player since he is already viewed as an early-round NFL Draft pick. But however long he ends up playing for USF, he will be one of the highest-profile players to put on green and gold.
For more news on Lynch and the rest of the Bulls, visit Voodoo Five, SB Nation's South Florida blog. And for the Notre Dame perspective, check out One Foot Down, SB Nation's Notre Dame blog, or SB Nation Indiana.