Jan 1, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Drue Tranquill (23) and safety Jordan Genmark-Heath (13) tackle LSU Tigers running back Darrel Williams (28) during the second half in the 2018 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

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Former Notre Dame LB Genmark-Heath commits to UCLA

Notre Dame senior linebacker Jordan Genmark-Heath, who left the Fighting Irish program just before the opening game of the season, will transfer to UCLA.

Genmark-Heath announced just before the season opener against Duke on Sept. 12 that he was headed for a new chapter. In a post on Twitter, he thanked Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, as well as defensive coordinator Clark Lea and director of football performance Matt Balis.

“I’ll cherish these moments and relationships forever,” Genmark-Heath said at the time, without revealing where he planned to play during his final season of eligibility. “Making this decision wasn’t easy, but I believe that it’s the right decision and I look forward to earning my degree (at Notre Dame) in November.”

His decision to enroll at UCLA was also announced on Twitter with a simple graphic of him in a UCLA uniform with one word in block letters behind him “COMMITTED.”

There is a possibility that Genmark-Heath could have two years of eligibility remaining since fall athletes are being granted an extra season of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 6-foot-1. 200-pounder is a native of Sweden, but went to high school at San Diego Cathedral Catholic. He did not get a scholarship offer from UCLA but committed to Cal before switching to Notre Dame before he enrolled in 2017.

Genmark-Heath has played in all 39 games in three seasons at Notre Dame, with most of that action coming on special teams. He had one start at linebacker in 2018 against Northwestern. He has 41 tackles to his credit with one tackle for loss.

–Field Level Media

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