Notre Dame cornerback Nick Watkins plans to graduate transfer to the University of Houston and will be eligible to play immediately this season.
Watkins is expected to compete for a starting job in preseason camp for the Cougars, who were in search of cornerback depth after the departure of Jeremy Winchester in the spring.
After missing the entire 2016 season with an arm injury, Watkins played in 12 games for the Irish last season, recording eight pass breakups and one interception.
A former four-star recruit from Dallas Bishop Dunne, Watkins was rated the No. 17 cornerback in the class of 2014 by 247Sports. He had offers from several major schools, including Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU and Florida State.
Watkins joins a growing list of graduate transfers to join the Cougars, among them running back Terence Williams (Baylor), linebacker Darrion Owens (Miami), quarterback Quinten Dormady (Tennessee) and wide receiver Raelon Singleton (Utah). Two other transfers – safety Deontay Anderson (Ole Miss) and defensive end Isaiah Chambers (TCU) – also are expected to start for UH this season.