Dayne Crist announced on Thursday that he would be attending Kansas next year to play under the former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. The announcement comes after much speculation regarding where Crist would play his final season.
Despite this, he still described himself as a Notre Dame man when he spoke to The Observer this week.
"I've already told the coaches at both places [to which he may transfer] that it is something that is important to me. I made it very clear."
Speaking about his tenure as the No. 2-rated quarterback in his recruiting class — ranked behind the 10th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, he admitted he didn’t predict this end to his Notre Dame career.
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"Listen, no one wanted to be successful at Notre Dame more than I did," he said. "Sure, you wish for all the best and things like that, but at the end of the day, you have to deal with the experiences you have to go through. You have to deal with adversity, and do all these things. Sit and wonder ‘What if this?' or ‘What if that?' but that is not a world I want to live in."
"When you are being recruited by Notre Dame and looking into Notre Dame as a student, people always talk about this idea that the people are what make Notre Dame," Crist said. "It is absolutely true.
"The way in which the students have been supportive through everything, the friends I have made, the networking that goes on in your time at Notre Dame, there is nothing like it. I was just overwhelmed by how much the teachers care, the administrators care, the students care."
"Notre Dame will always hold a very special place in my heart, and that will be something I pass onto my kids and my grandkids.
"I'm always going to be a Notre Dame man. You'll never be able to take that away from me,” he concluded.