Irish Illustrated and 247Sports have learned that former Notre Dame linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath has selected a new school after announcing his decision to transfer from the the program. The former Fighting Irish player has decided to finish his career back in his home state with the UCLA Bruins.
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— Jordan Genmark Heath (@SwedishBlackGuy) October 11, 2020
The 6-1, 220-pounder, who initially signed with the Notre Dame as part of the 2017 class, will graduate and then play his final year of eligibility out west as a graduate transfer in 2021.
“I want to start off by saying thank you to coach Kelly, coach Lea, coach Balis, our support staff, and the University of Notre Dame for this life-changing opportunity to play football and pursue a degree at one of the most prestigious universities in the world,” said Genmark Heath in his own release shortly after Irish Illustrated reported the news. “Words can’t describe how much Notre Dame, and the people that I have met here mean to me. I’m forever grateful. To my brothers on the team, I can’t thank God enough for allowing me to be a part of this brotherhood and family. I love you guys more than anything, and regardless of what my next chapter entails, I’ll cherish these moments and relationships forever. Making this decision wasn’t easy, but I believe that it’s the right decision, and I look forward to earning my degree in November. I will determine what my next chapter looks like when that time comes. Love thee, Jordan Genmark Heath.”
Genmark Heath arrived in South Bend out of San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic after leading his team to a 15-0 record and a 2016 CIF Division IAA State Championship is his senior season. He racked up 59 tackles, five pass breakups, four interceptions and a forced fumble.
While at Notre Dame, he saw action in 13 games as a freshman and contributed mainly on special teams. He had 11 tackles that season. In year two, he played in 13 more games and had 16 total tackles. As a junior, he played in 13 additional games and even started the matchup against Louisville to kickoff the 2019 season. he ended the season with 10 tackles and a sack.
“Senior linebacker Jordan Genmark heath will no longer participate in football activities as a member of the Notre Dame football program,” noted a release from Notre Dame when Genmark Heath initially decided to leave the program. “He will focus on his academics, and upon completion of his degree in November, he will explore other football opportunities.”