October 21, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech fans cheer for their team during an NCAA college football game against the Wake Forest at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Georgia Tech beat Wake Forest 38-24. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Notre Dame transfer Derrik Allen, Georgia Tech could be match

Georgia Tech is a potential landing place for Notre Dame safety Derrik Allen, a Lassiter High grad who had entered the NCAA transfer portal according to a person familiar with the situation.

Coach Geoff Collins has scholarship space available to accommodate Allen, and as of Saturday, it was believed that there was mutual interest between Allen and Tech. 

Were he to transfer to Tech, he would have to sit out the 2019 season and then have three seasons of eligibility remaining, unless he were to apply for and receive an immediate-eligibility waiver from the NCAA. In that case, he could play this season and have four seasons of eligibility.

A member of Notre Dame’s 2018 signing class, Allen did not play in his first season on campus. According to reports, Allen had fallen to the third team on the depth chart at Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish began the preseason.

At Lassiter, Allen was a four-star prospect, rated the No. 106 player in the country, the No. 14 player in the state of Georgia and the No. 9 safety in the country (247Sports Composite). He selected Notre Dame over scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson and Georgia, among others.

If Allen were to transfer to Tech, he would be the fourth player from the state of Georgia who was a high-profile prospect coming out of high school to transfer to Tech, following wide receiver Marquez Ezzard (Miami), defensive end Antonneous Clayton (Florida) and cornerback Myles Sims (Michigan).

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