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Notre Dame releases Bartleson following arrest

Boyle County senior Landen Bartleson has been released from his letter of intent to Notre Dame following his arrest in connection with the burglary of On Target on Friday, ESPN reported.

Bartleson was a highly sought after recruit in the 2020 class. As a three-star athlete, he received offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, West Virginia and other Power 5 Division-I schools before signing with Notre Dame as a cornerback in the early signing period.

Bartleson was one of three Rebels who signed letters of intent to play Division-I football in December.

“After reviewing all of the facts available to us and speaking with the Bartleson family, we informed them that Landen will no longer be welcomed as a member of our football program,” Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly said in a statement released by the school on Saturday. “This incident is very much out of character for the man we have come to know and we wish Landen and his family well.”

During his time at Boyle County, Bartleson played both sides of the ball — running back on offense and cornerback on defense. 

As a running back, Bartleson always finished among the top three rushers on the team — including a senior year during which he was sidelined with a hamstring issue for three games. His breakout year was as a sophomore, when he rushed for over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. As a corner, he had six interceptions in his career and returned one 30 yards for a touchdown.