Just hours after a report that sophomore wide receiver Davonte' Neal will be transferring from Notre Dame, Irish Sports Daily can confirm that sophomore wide receiver Justin Fergsuon is also leaving school.
Ferguson's father, Jason, confirmed the news with Irish Sports Daily on Wednesday morning.
“From what he told me, it was just a personal decision that he made,” Jason Ferguson said. “He’ll be home on Sunday, so I’ll have a chance to sit with him and get into more details and see what is going on.
“He came home for spring break and I told him, ‘Go, check it out and make sure it’s the right decision and call me back,’” the older Ferguson said. “He said, ‘You know, what I think I’m going to do this.’”
Jason Ferguson said there is no bad blood between the two sides and it was just a personal decision his son decided to make rather than a dispute over playing time or something.
“I talked with Coach (Tony) Alford and those guys and it seems like there wasn’t an issue with that stuff, so I don’t know,” his father said. “Kids, they’re young men and they have to grow up really fast.
“I talked with Coach Alford. I just wanted to make sure there were no issues going on. They made me feel very comfortable that there were no issues with playing time or anything of that nature. Having the relationship that I have with those guys, I felt good that it was a mutual thing. There’s no bad blood. I think he’ll be fine.”
Ferguson, who played sparingly as a freshman in 2012, hasn't decided his next move yet, but his father said he'll likely revisit some of the schools he looked at during the recruiting process.
“Being the type of parent that I am, I let him make his own decisions,” his father said. “I hope he’s making the right decision, but at some point you have to start making tough decisions and this is one of those tough decisions he has to make. I told him I’m here to support him.”
Ferguson's transfer is the third this spring for the Irish along with Neal and quarterback Gunner Kiel.