Staying or going? Jamoris Slaughter

This week we are taking a look at each of Notre Dame's fourth-year scholarship players with eligibility remaining and examining whether or not he will likely return to the Irish next season. Here, we look at safety Jamoris Slaughter.

Before Notre Dame: From Tucker (Ga.) High School, Slaughter entered Notre Dame as ESPNU's No. 5 safety and its 85th player overall.

At Notre Dame: The 6-foot, 198-pound Slaughter has played in 35 games the past three seasons for the Irish, starting 15. He spent some time at corner before moving back to safety. Slaughter has 85 career tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He was plagued by an ankle injury through much of last season. This season, he has been valuable in nickel coverage for the Irish, replacing drop linebacker Prince Shembo in certain situations and taking on a hybrid-like role.

What's next?: The industrial design major will continue to split time with Zeke Motta at safety opposite captain Harrison Smith in the lead-up to the bowl game.

The verdict: Staying. Three-fourths of the Irish's starting secondary will not return, and Slaughter, whose versatility has been on display this season, will likely be the leader of the unit heading into 2012.

Previous players:

Braxston Cave

Lane Clelland

Dayne Crist

Sean Cwynar

Mike Golic Jr.

John Goodman

Kapron Lewis-Moore

Dan McCarthy

Anthony McDonald

Brandon Newman

David Posluszny