CFB transfer portal

Dummies guide the NCAA transfer portal

The college football transfer portal explained, including a list of every division 1 quarterback that has officially changed schools since the beginning of the 2018 football season

How eliminating the permission-to-contact rule gave hundreds of college football players a second chance at reaching their full potential.

As of October 15, 2018, players desiring to transfer to another Division 1 football program can do so without fear of being blocked by their current school. Over recent decades there’s been a number of coaches who misused the NCAA’s permission-to-contact rule to prevent their players from transferring. The old rule virtually gave coaches total control over their players’ college career by making any contact between players on his roster and another school a serious NCAA violation.

The NCAA defended it’s old stance by claiming the rule was only “intended to discourage coaches from recruiting players from other Division I schools.” In practice, however, the rule created a blockade for would-be transfers hoping to find a school where they’d be a better fit. The new rule strips the schools of their power and essentially hands it over to the players by giving them free rein to speak with whoever they choose.

With the new system in place, all the players have to do is inform their current school that they plan on transferring and the school has 2 business days to enter their name into a database of players that can officially be recruited by other Division 1 football programs. In effect, this database is the transfer portal and since it went live last fall players from every conference have been packing their bags and moving across the country in hopes of reaching their full potential before their four short years of eligibilty are up. 

A complete list of every Division 1 quarterback that has officially changed schools since the beginning of the 2018 football season. (5/7/19)

Quarterback Previous School New School
Alex Delton Kansas State TCU
Alex Hornibrook Wisconsin Florida State
Austin Kendall Oklahoma West Virginia
Ben Hicks SMU Arkansas
Brandon Wimbush Notre Dame UCF
Braxton Burmeister Oregon Virginia Tech
Cameron Rising Texas Utah
Connor Neville Washington State East Mississippi CC
Devon Modster UCLA California
Gage Grubard Eastern Washington Washington State
Gunnar Hoak Kentucky Ohio State
Jack Tuttle Utah Indiana
Jalen Chatman Rutgers Portland State
Jalen Hurts Alabama Oklahoma
John Langan Boston College Rutgers
Jordan Travis Louisville Florida State
Josh Jackson Virginia Tech Maryland
Justin Fields Georgia Ohio State
Kelly Bryant Clemson Missouri
Layne Hatcher Alabama Arkansas State
Matt Fink USC Illinois
Nick Starkel Texas A&M Arkansas
Riley Neal Ball State Vanderbilt
Ross Bowers Cal Northern Illinois
Shane Buechele Texas SMU
Shawn Robinson TCU Missouri
Tate Martell Ohio State Miami
Ty Storey Arkansas Western Kentucky





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