Back on January 25th, Vanquish The Foe wrote an article about the possibility of four-star Norte Dame tight end Tyler Luatua transferring to BYU.
On February 2nd, the news of the transfer of Luatua to Brigham Young University became official.
Today, May 13th, Luatua is backing up his transfer truck and is no longer transferring to BYU. Norte Dame sports information director Michael Bertsch tweeted today:
Junior TE Tyler Luatua will rejoin @NDFootball. Statements from head coach Brian Kelly and Luatua on the decision... pic.twitter.com/7VWUvAyJXW— Michael Bertsch (@NDsidBertschy) May 13, 2016
In the statement released by Norte Dame, Luatua explains:
"Family is extremely important to me, and I had a strong desire to get closer to them, which led to my initial decision to seek a transfer. However, once I was able to truly sit down with them and talk about everything, it became obvious that Notre Dame has become my home. I regretted my decision and realized that this place is where I should be, and need to be, moving forward. I'm thankful that it worked out."
This is a major transition point at the tight end position of the BYU football team. The tight ends on the Cougars roster have accounted for 0 catches, for 0 years, and 0 touchdowns. While Luatua wouldn't have been available to Ty Detmer's scheme in the 2016 campaign, the 6-foot-2 250-pound major recruit from California figured to be a key cog in the Cougars future.