The transfer portal never stops but has slowed down during the summer months, at least for now. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t rumors, including those surrounding a big decision coming from former Texas wide receiver Jake Smith.
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Former four-star high school wide receiver Jake Smith decided to leave Texas after showing some serious promise before injuries slowed him down. The Arizona native is essentially reduced to two schools after a great official visit with USC last weekend. He’ll probably also travel to Arizona and then decide between the two, and sources have told me it’s 50-50 right now.
Arizona needs a wide receiver and home state advantage more, but USC is obviously recruiting better talent and more of a possible showcase for its talent.
The entry of LSU transfer offensive lineman Dare Rosenthal caused a stir on Monday as rumors began to swirl early in the morning about his likely addition. When it went official Kentucky was the school that immediately put the press on Rosenthal, but Baylor should be taken very seriously here as well. Coach Dave aranda has a good relationship with Rosenthal since his days as defensive coordinator at Baton Rouge, and with little time before he likely makes the decision that familiarity may be enough for the Bears to win.
However, I’ve heard that Kentucky is the likely destination, as DB Kelvin Joseph’s smooth transition from LSU to Kentucky is a way forward. Miami is a dark horse here, and it all depends on the tours it takes.
Malachi Wideman’s high school recruiting process came at the last minute, with Tennessee beating Ole Miss and Florida State. So now that he’s in the portal, will the rebels and seminoles be involved? At this point, the State of Florida would have chosen to pass Wideman on, even though he was the one initiating the contact, but I find it hard to believe. Ole Miss, however, appears to be kicking the tires off, as he still needs depth at the wide receiver.
Wideman also wants to play basketball at his next school, so that will be an important part of his final decision. Keep an eye out for Louisville here too, as the wide receiver is in great need.
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After hitting Karon Prunty, who signed for South Carolina, Tennessee is still looking for a cornerback. The obvious answer continues to be Brandon Turnage. The transfer from Alabama, which committed to Georgia but quickly reopened its process, has been the target of Vols since separating from the Bulldogs.
However, rumor has it that he wants a guarantee that he will be a day one starter in Knoxville. At this point, it seems unlikely that this guarantee will happen, so the ball is likely in Turnage’s court to see if he loosens his stance.
Several FCS cornerbacks have made the leap to FBS level in recent weeks, and Cameron McCutcheon from Gardner-Webb could be next. McCutcheon, who is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, has the height and athleticism that coaches are looking for.
Along with a long list of FCS schools that quickly showed interest, including West Carolina – which was proposing – some of the FBS schools that are looking closely include South Florida, Vanderbilt, Troy, Miami-Ohio, Liberty, and Middle Tennessee State. Many schools are out of places, so as we see in early July arriving it will be interesting to know how long new entrants to the portal are waiting for more offers.