Notre Dame Football: Lane Clelland

Add Deion Walker and Hafis Williams to the list of former Notre Dame players extending their college playing careers.

The duo will re-unite with former Irish offensive coordinator Charley Molnar at Massachusetts, BlueandGold.com's Wes Morgan reports.

Walker entered Notre Dame from Christchurch (Va.) High School in 2008 as ESPN's No. 18 wide receiver and the 103rd overall player from his recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder appeared in just seven career games for the Irish, making one catch for 15 yards in 2009.
"It's really exciting just getting the opportunity to make something of myself," Walker said. "I had such high hopes coming out of high school, and not being able to execute on those plans was kind of a setback.

"It goes like that sometimes. You can't win them all. But big picture, I graduated, I had a blast over the last four years and hopefully I can go on to make something of myself in the realm of football. Looking back, it was definitely tough, but I can’t be that mad about it."

Williams landed in South Bend, Ind., from Elizabeth (N.J.) High School as ESPN's No. 19 defensive tackle in the Class of 2008. The 6-foot-1, 295-pound nose guard notched 19 total tackles and two tackles for loss in 24 career games at Notre Dame.

Here is a list of Notre Dame's fifth-year players who will be playing elsewhere in 2012: Nose guard Sean Cwynar and offensive lineman Lane Clelland have told the Chicago Tribune and South Bend Tribune, respectively, that they will not pursue fifth years of football. I do not know of David Posluszny's plans. The other six fifth-years — Braxston Cave, Mike Golic Jr., John Goodman, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Dan McCarthy and Jamoris Slaughter — are back at Notre Dame for their final seasons.

Staying or going? Lane Clelland

November, 29, 2011
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This week we are taking a look at each of Notre Dame's fourth-year scholarship players with eligibility remaining and examining whether he will likely return to the Irish next season. Here, we take a look at Lane Clelland.

Before Notre Dame: From the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., Clelland entered Notre Dame as ESPNU's No. 12 guard prospect.

At Notre Dame: The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Clelland was recruited as a tackle, played in 14 games -- mostly on special teams -- and even spent some time in spring of 2010 as a defensive end. Unfortunately for Clelland, his season ended before it even started, as he tore an anterior cruciate ligament during the summer.

What's next? Majoring in English and computer applications, Clelland is expected to graduate in May.

The verdict: Going. Clelland is the classic, unfortunate case of a guy who just couldn't seem to catch a break on the field, be it through injuries or multiple position switches. It would be a surprise if he came back for another go-round.

Previous players:

Braxston Cave

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