Defensive end Aaron Lynch will transfer to another school, Notre Dame football officials announced Friday.
Coach Brian Kelly said the freshman will stay in school through the end of the semester.
"This was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make," Lynch said in a statement, "but I want to go back home to Florida."
Lynch had committed to Florida State while attending Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Fla. However, he switched to Notre Dame 14 months ago.
Lynch, who started six games last season, recorded 33 tackles last season, including 5 1/2 sacks. He was listed by recruiting website Rivals.com as the 28th best prospect last year.
"Aaron recently approached me about his desire to leave Notre Dame and return to Florida," Kelly said in a statement. "I've always known and appreciated the affinity Aaron has for his home in Florida. However, the stark reality is you can't make it at Notre Dame if your head and heart are not here. I am proud of the effort Aaron made in the classroom and on the field at Notre Dame. I wish him all the best in the future."