Matt Carufel to Transfer to Minnesota

Matt Carufel to transfer to Minnesota

Matt Carufel, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound sophomore offensive tackle who recently left the Notre Dame team, will transfer to Minnesota, according to sources close to the program. Carufel picked Minnesota over Big Ten rival Iowa. Carufel, who started his last three games for the Irish, was recruited by both Big Ten schools before deciding to sign with Notre Dame.

Matt Carufel attended the Minnesota-North Dakota State game with several Cretin-Derham Hall teammates, including Minnesota commit John Nance.

Carufel participated in just 2:41 of playing time last season in a reserve role as a freshman.

Carufel attended Cretin-Derham Hall and was one of 18 linemen on the Parade Prep All-America team. He was selected USA Today second-team and was rated 56th on a list of top 100 prep players nationally by USA Today.

Carufel was Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005 and was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl prep all-star game. The Raiders finished 10-3 in his senior season and lost 28-24 to Wayzata in the Minnesota Prep Bowl championship game.

Carufel was a three-year starter for the Raiders, where former Irish lineman Ryan Harris, tight end Marcus Freeman and 2005 fullback Rashon Powers-Neal attended.

Minnesota has Carufel's former teammate, Ned Tavale, on its roster and has commitments from Cretin seniors John Nance and Shady Salamon. Iowa has former Raider Rafuel Eubanks and Broderick Binns on its roster.

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