The transfer portal has changed the face and nature of college football recruiting, and Oklahoma football has been on both ends of that change this offseason.
College recruiting staff no longer scour the country just for top high school talent, but now they’re also keeping a close eye on who becomes available through the transfer pipeline, which has literally exploded over the past two years.
First set up in the fall of 2018, the transfer portal is the equivalent of a free agency in collegiate sport. In the case of college football, players are allowed to transfer to another school and are immediately eligible. In other words, they don’t have to take a year off before being eligible to play, which was a rule originally established to discourage players from transferring to another school, for any reason, and play immediately.
It has become increasingly important in recent years for players who have already graduated and still have a year or two of eligibility to leave a program and play a final year with another school. Jalen hurts, who transferred from Alabama, and wide receiver Jeff Badet, who played OU in 2017 after a successful career at Penn State, are prime examples that have benefited the Sooners in recent seasons.
This offseason alone, between the pandemic-altered 2020 season and the upcoming 2021 season, Oklahoma has been one of the most active schools in transfer portal activity, with 17 former Sooners choosing to leave the program. , while eight others were transferred to play in Oklahoma. For the full list, you can Click here.
Even though the net loss was 17, the eight players Lincoln riley and the Sooners win may well prove to be an overall advantage for the OU in the future.
In its 2021 college football preview issue, Athlon Sports has developed a 2021 preseason All-Transfer squad. Four Oklahoma players – two entrants and two exits – are represented in the All-Transfer offensive unit.
Two transfers from Tennessee, running back Eric Gray and offensive lineman Wanya morris, will turn crimson and cream in 2021.
The transfer out of Oklahoma and the Athlon All-Transfer team are wide receiver Charleston Rambo and tight end Grant Calcaterra. Calcalterra had announced his retirement from football after the 2019 season after suffering a series of concussions, but changed his mind during the 2020 season, choosing to leave Norman and move to SMU. Rambo is heading for Miami (Florida).
The Sooners also added a wide receiver Mike Woods from Arkansas, defensive back Laurent Key from Tennessee, quarterback Micah Bowens from Penn State, offensive lineman Robert LeaveI’m from Arizona Josh Plaster, an Arizona State kicker / punter, and last week I took my way home Kévontre “Tre” Bradford from LSU.