Notre Dame lost one of its top recruits from the 2012 class on Thursday.
Cornerback Tee Shepard, a Top 100 prospect, left the program and returned home to Fresno, Calif., the university announced.
Shepard enrolled early and was expected to take part in spring practice, which begins Wednesday.
"Tee is a special person and it's unfortunate it didn't work out here," coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "Everyone at Notre Dame wishes him all the best in the future."
Shepard was rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and was expected to compete for a starting job this season.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Washington Union High School did leave fans guessing if he would follow through on his commitment to Notre Dame, but those worries appeared to be put to rest when he enrolled early.
"He's always wanted to be at Notre Dame, he knew that coming here would set him up for the rest of his life," Kelly said on Signing Day (Feb. 1). "It was great to see him, again, this morning with a smile on his face, excited about being here at Notre Dame and we believe he is the best corner back in the country, and he can come in and compete right away just like all of our freshmen, and he's excited about the challenge, about coming in here now and getting an opportunity to compete as a freshman."
But just as his cousin Deontay Greenberry, a receiver, scorned Notre Dame on Signing Day and chose to go to Houston, Shepard will play for another program.
All of the news wasn't bad for Notre Dame on Thursday.
The university announced that running back Amir Carlisle's waiver request to play this season was approved by the NCAA.
"I want to thank Notre Dame and its compliance office for helping me with this request," Carlisle said in a statement. "I also want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for giving me the blessing to play this year. I love being here at Notre Dame and can't wait to run out of the tunnel this September wearing my gold helmet."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Carlisle transferred to Notre Dame after one season with USC. He ran for 118 yards on 19 carries and had seven receptions for 41 yards with a touchdown in eight games with the Trojans.
"I want to publicly commend the exemplary work done by our compliance office, specifically, Jen Vining-Smith," Kelly said. "Amir was going to be a great addition to our team regardless of whether he was going to be able to compete for us this fall. Now we know we'll be able to use his talents on the field and I'm very happy about that."