Notre Dame added a quality prospect at a need position late last week by unconventional means.
Sophomore safety Alohi Gilman announced that he will transfer from the United States Naval Academy to Notre Dame.
While traditionally, Gilman would have to sit out a year due to transfer rules, there is a possibility that the 6-foot, 195 pounder could see action in 2017. A new rule within the military academies stipulates that prospective pro athletes will be unable to waive their military duties to pursue an on-field career.
The NCAA may accept the rule as an acceptable reason for transfer and waive the year of ineligibility.
Gilman was Navy's second-leading tackler as a true freshman last season, amassing 76 tackles and five pass break-ups. He accumulated 12 tackles in Navy's 28-27 victory over Notre Dame last season.
The Fighting Irish beat out several other interested programs in the Hawaiian, including USC, Michigan and Utah.
Landing Gilman gives Notre Dame's much-maligned defensive backfield a boost, regardless if he debuts in South Bend in 2017 or 2018. Junior Nick Coleman and sophomore Jalen Elliott are considered the frontrunners to begin the 2017 campaign in the starting safety spots.