Shaquelle Evans to transfer

Updated: August 31, 2010, 5:34 PM ET
By Wes Morgan | ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame sophomore receiver Shaquelle Evans has been granted his release by the university and will transfer, coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder from Inglewood, Calif., was not listed on the Fighting Irish two-deep depth chart released Monday evening.

"I can only assume that playing time was a factor," Kelly said. "This was not a two-way conversation. This was a one-way conversation. ... I'm disappointed." Evans, who Kelly said was "better suited for the slot position for us ... but he didn't see it that way," played six games last season, catching seven passes for 61 yards.

Freshman T.J. Jones beat out senior Duval Kamara opposite Michael Floyd. Behind Floyd is junior John Goodman, and former tailback Theo Riddick got the starting nod at the slot position and is backed up by fellow sophomore Robby Toma. "I don't think it was anything he couldn't do," said Kelly, who explained that Evans was in the program's future plans. "Maybe some were able to do it a little bit quicker along the process. He was moving in the right direction. ... To really know what's in somebody's head relative to the transfer, I couldn't tell you for certain.

"Maybe he just didn't like the hot weather we have here in South Bend," Kelly added. "I don't think he saw himself fitting in the offense. We'll release him to whatever school he chooses that is the right fit for him."

Evans was an ESPNU 150 recruit and the No. 4 wideout nationally in the Class of 2009, according to ESPN's recruiting rankings. He chose the Irish over USC.

ESPN.com college football blogger Brian Bennett contributed to this report.

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