The Maroon Musket has learned that UMass has added a pair of fifth-year eligible players from Notre Dame.
Deion Walker, a wide receiver, and Hafis Williams, a nose tackle, will play for the Minutemen next year, according to a source that could not comment further since the school has not released an official statement yet.
Both players should be able to play immediately.
Williams and Walker saw limited time for the Irish last year, but both were highly touted recruits coming out of high school. Williams was a three-star tackle ranked 35th in the nation at his position, according to Rivals. Williams played in 13 games as a junior for the Irish, but only saw action in five games this past season. Check out his Notre Dame profile here.
Walker wasn’t able to crack the two-deep at Notre Dame and only saw minimal time during his time in South Bend. Out of high school, Walker was a four-star recruit that had offers from a who’s-who of BCS programs, according to Rivals. Walker must enter next season as an odds-on favorite to start, as the Minutemen lost most of their wide receiver depth to graduation. Check out his profile here.
Molnar likely already knows both athletes from his time as Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator.
Walker and Williams are the most recent fifth-year eligible players to head to UMass this offseason. Michael Cox, a running back from Michigan, opted to spend his final year of eligibility in Amherst a few months ago.