Upon arrival in South Bend, Carlisle will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012 campaign. Carlisle will enroll a week from Monday as a student for the spring semester at the University.
"It was a very tough decision for him to select USC over Notre Dame last year," said Carlisle's father, Duane told South Bend Tribune. "It came down to the wire, and it was neck-and-neck the whole time. Very close decision. They're both great places with great traditions. He's excited. He's very excited about the opportunity to continue his career as a student-athlete at Notre Dame."
Carlisle is expected to play either running back or slot receiver for the Irish. Notre Dame will lose like-skilled junior Theo Riddick at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Riddick's classmate and the team's lead runner, Cierre Wood, could opt for a 5th-season in 2013.
Current starting slot receiver Robby Toma will also exhaust his eligibility next fall.