A sought-after quarterback appears to be heading to South Bend.
Sam Hartman, a star quarterback from Wake Forest, has entered the transfer portal and his intended destination is Notre Dame. The news was reported by ESPN’s Pete Thamel on Tuesday and alludes to by Jason McIntyre of PKB Sports in early December.
Hartman, a 23-year-old transfer graduate, was third in the nation with 38 touchdown passes this season and ninth with 3,701 passing yards. He completed 63.1% of his passes and threw for 8.6 yards per attempt in 2022.
Hartman previously stated that this would be his last season as Demon Deacon.
“I think people are sick and tired [of me]joked the quarterback in early December. “The media is ready to talk to someone new and get new catchphrases – my week-long seasons and cliched responses. I want to test my luck and see what happens. Obviously we still have football to play here.
It would be a coup for Marcus Freeman, whose Notre Dame team went 8-4 in his first season as head coach. The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 19 in the AP poll — not an outright disaster, but also a disappointment by their traditional high standards — and face South Carolina in the Gator Bowl on Friday. Notre Dame has been plagued with inconsistent quarterback play throughout the season. Drew Pyne, who has played most of the season, is expected to move to Arizona State.
This development with Hartman is emblematic of new rules in college sports – especially football and basketball – where NIL money can be used as an incentive to entice stars to transfer to major programs.
Although head coaches are not allowed to participate in the facilitation of NIL consortia, groups of passionate, deep-pocketed alumni can help their universities attract major talent to the transfer portal, which is akin to something little to free professional sports agency.