Former Lee County High School star running back Jahmir Smith announced this week he’s transferring from Notre Dame — where he spent three years — to Appalachian State, where he figures to play a more prominent role.

Smith’s announcement just over three months after announcing he was leaving the Notre Dame program to focus on his mental health.

Smith, who redshirted during his freshman year in 2018, has two years of eligibility left. He will arrive at App State in the summer after finishing his spring semester at Notre Dame.

As a redshirt junior for the Fighting Irish, he played in just one game — the season opener against Duke, where he carried the ball five times for 15 yards. He ran for 180 yards on 42 carries as a sophomore and scored twice, and had six carries for 28 yards as a freshman. At Lee County High School, Smith set school records for rushing and touchdowns, hitting the 2,000-yard, 40-touchdown mark as a junior.

According to, Smith will enter the Mountaineers’ running-back rotation alongside returning starter Cam Peoples, who led the Sun Belt Conference with 1,124 rushing yards in 2020 and set an NCAA bowl record with 317 yards as MVP of the Myrtle Beach Bowl.

Appalachian State finished its 2020 season 9-3.