Irish Illustrated and 247Sports have learned that Notre Dame’s quarterback Brendon Clark enter the transfer portal and exit the Fighting Irish football program. After struggling with an injury, the 6-2, 225-pounder was never able to get a shot under the center at South Bend.
Clark arrived at Notre Dame as part of the Recruiting Class of 2019. A three-star rookie for the 247Sports and 247Sports Composite rankings, Clark chose the Fighting Irish over scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee. The Demon Deacons’ unique engagement turned around at Notre Dame following a strong pursuit from the quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees. Clark was an All-American Polynesian Bowl after his final season at Midlothian High School (Va.) Manchester. He led his team to a 15-0 record and the 6A State Championship. He was also the 2018 Virginia All-Region 6B Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Region 6B First Team.
Early in high school, Clark suffered a knee injury. Fully recovered when he arrived at Notre Dame, he began to experience a strange sensation from that same knee injury. Checking his ‘crunchy’ knee, as head coach Brian Kelly called, the medical staff knew that a second surgery to properly repair the ACL was needed. This put Clark back on his quest to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame. He was expected to take over for Ian livre, who left for the NFL, but that was no longer an option with his knee problem. Notre Dame then hit the transfer gate and landed Jack Coan, saw an emergence of a freshman quarterback Tyler Büchner, full of promises in Drew Pyne also, which left Clark as the team’s fourth option when he became available. Clark is expected to be ready to leave before the 2022 football season, but for him it will happen elsewhere.
Ahead of the news, Irish Illustrated spoke with Clark’s quarterback’s private coach Malcolm Bell. He believes that despite Clark’s adversity, the best is yet to come for the Caller to Mighty Arms.
“This kid is a fighter and always has been,” said Clark’s Bell. “What his parents instilled in him shines all the time, even in difficult situations. His next landing point will have a highly motivated, talented and hardworking player leading his team. He will not only show his precision, strong arm, IQ and creativity, but also uplift every player around him. If this is one thing I’ve learned about Brendon, it’s that he’s truly unbreakable and the right opportunity will show exactly the type of kid I know he is. I am really excited to see him succeed and continue to live his dream. “
While at Notre Dame, Clark played in New Mexico and Bowling Green games in his freshman year. He completed a 22-yard pass against the Lobos. In his sophomore, he played in the game against Pittsburgh and completed a 7-yard pass in his lone action.
As a senior in high school, Clark completed 133 of 227 passes for 2,326 yards, 35 touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for almost 800 yards and 17 other scores. In the previous year, he completed 165 of 272 passes for 2,373 yards, 28 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He also ran for almost 700 yards and 12 points that season.
Stay stuck on Irish Illustrated as we take a look at his future plans, where he might land and what’s next for the now former Fighting Irish flagman.