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Navy starting safety transfers to Notre Dame

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Alohi Gilman, who started 12 games for Navy as a freshman in 2016, has transferred to Notre Dame, where he could be a main piece of the plan at the safety position.

Gilman, whose transfer was announced Friday, cannot play in 2017 due to NCAA rules but will thereafter have three seasons of eligibility.

“He plays the style of safety we want in this program," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement issued by the school. "Alohi’s a run-and-hit safety that fits perfectly in the Mike Elko defense.”

The Midshipmen occasionally started Gilman at cornerback and outside linebacker. He was credited with 76 tackles, including five for loss.

“I’m extremely grateful to be a part of the Notre Dame family,” Gilman said in the release. “I’m thankful to the coaching staff and the man above for not only believing in me but also providing this opportunity. I’m excited for this next chapter in my journey.”

The Irish lost their annual matchup with Navy as Gilman racked up 12 stops.

“First of all, Alohi is a great fit here in terms of his character and also what he wants to achieve academically,” Kelly said. “Secondly, in terms of his football fit, we got a good look of him against us last season."