It’s officially official now and Trevor Speights is a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Long since thought of as a lock to head to South Bend, the former Stanford Cardinal RB made it official this past week by joining the Irish with one year of eligibility left.
There are six scholarship running backs already on roster for Notre Dame but Speights should get every chance to show he can win the lion’s share of the snaps in the backfield when the football team returns to action. The Notre Dame backfield situation is murky, to say the least.
Still, Speights enters the fold as a former three-star running back and at 5’11, 203 pounds, ran for 368 yards on 97 carries with a lone touchdown in his Stanford career.
He reunites with former Stanford assistant Lance Taylor, who recruited him to Palo Alto back in 2015-16. Speights played behind the talented duo that was Christian McCaffrey and Bryce Love and never really was able to showcase what he could do on the field due to the Heisman runners-up being ahead of him on the depth chart.
Speights didn’t see the field in 2019 and entered the transfer portal in January. He joins Jafar Armstrong, Jahmir Smith, C’Bo Flemister, Kyren Williams, Chris Tyree and Mick Assaf as players who will vie for playing time in the backfield for Notre Dame.
He was the 15th player to announce his transfer away from the Stanford program this offseason.