The IU football team has landed another graduate transfer for the 2018 season.
It was announced Sunday that Syracuse redshirt junior Kayton Samuels would be transferring to Bloomington for his final season.
Samuels, a 6-foot defensive lineman, played 12 games at nose tackle for the Orange in 2017, starting in seven of those games. He finished the season with 12 total tackles, nine solo tackles, one sack and two quarterback pressures.
During the past three seasons, he started 24 games and recorded 44 tackles. Of those starts, 12 came in his freshman year in 2015, in which he had 15 tackles and six multi-tackle games during the season.
Samuels will play during his final season of eligibility in the fall.
“This past journey has been a stressful one for me,” Samuels wrote in an Instagram post Sunday. “Felt like I lost myself without the game. I’m even more grateful for it now. I’m extremely happy to say I’m back and I’m better.”
Samuels, a psychology major from Brooklyn, New York, is the third notable graduate transfer to join IU Coach Tom Allen’s squad for the 2018 season. He follows offensive lineman Nick Linder from Miami and quarterback Brandon Dawkins from Arizona.