Posted by Tom Fornelli
Last winter Notre Dame and USC were locked in a recruiting battle for running back Amir Carlisle. As has been the case on the field for most of the last decade, it was a fight that USC won, as the four-star running back and one of the top high school prospects in the state of California wound up choosing to attend USC.
That's no longer the case. The South Bend Tribune reported on Saturday that Carlisle was transferring from USC to Notre Dame for family reasons. Those reasons being that while Carlisle's father, Duane Carlisle, used to work for the San Francisco 49ers, but recently took a job at Purdue. So in order to be closer to his family Carlisle has decided to leave USC for South Bend.
“It was our intention to stay (in California), but circumstances changed,” Duane Carlisle told the South Bend Tribune. “We’re a close-knit family.
“This definitely was a family decision. It wasn’t just an Amir decision. We felt as though Notre Dame would be the best fit for him for the next four years.”
Carlisle saw limited time during his freshman season with the Trojans, carrying the ball only 19 times and picking up 118 yards. He also caught 7 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Though in the one game Carlisle saw a lot of time against Colorado, he put up some impressive numbers that helped show why he was so highly-touted coming out of high school. Against the Buffaloes Carlisle had 10 carries for 90 yards while catching 2 passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Due to the transfer Carlisle will have to sit out the 2012 season, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining once the 2013 season begins.