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Peeking Inside The Portal | Texas Leads Big 12 In Players Exploring Transfers

M. Hofeld


Just because a player’s name is entered into the transfer portal it doesn’t necessarily mean that player is destined to find another location to play college football. The odds of it happening are pretty good though, which is why fans of any program cringe when they see a player’s name from their school appear in the portal.

This is the exact reason why things are just a bit uneasy at the University of Texas, where the Longhorns lead the Big 12 with five players currently listed in the transfer portal. Among them is former Oklahoma quarterback commit Cameron Rising.

Rising flipped from Oklahoma to Texas in April of 2017 and then submitted his Letter of Intent to the Longhorns during the early signing period. The former 4-star recruit was the nation’s 11th ranked pro-style quarterback and was the 33rd ranked prospect from the state of California, according to 247Sports.

Big 12 Players Currently In The Transfer Portal

SchoolPositionPlayerNew Destination
BaylorCBHarrison HandTemple
Iowa StateQBDevon Moore South Dakota
Iowa StateQBZeb Noland North Dakota State
Kansas StateQBAlex Delton TCU
Kansas StateCBEJ Thomas
OklahomaQB Austin KendallWest Virginia
Oklahoma WRAD MillerIllinois
Oklahoma DTAddison Gumbs Oregon State
Oklahoma StateQBJohn Kolar Iowa State
Oklahoma StateQB Keondre Wudtee
Oklahoma StateDTDarrion Daniels Nebraska
TCUQBShawn Robinson Missouri
TCUPAndrew David
TexasQBShane Buechele
Texas QBCameron RisingUtah
TexasRBToniel Carter Sam Houston
TexasRBKyle Porter
Texas RBTristian Houston

Joining Rising in the transfer portal is quarterback Shane Buechele, a soon to be graduate transfer, and three running backs. Buechele’s decision to stay actually resulted in Casey Thompson, another former Oklahoma commit, to withdraw his name from the portal and stay at Texas

Carter and Porter were both 4-star running backs coming out of high school but neither could really find the field in 2018. Porter had logged 129 carries coming into 2018 at a pace of 3.8 yards per carry. He only ran the ball once in 2018 and that was in the season opener against Maryland. That run was for a touchdown.

Houston hasn’t touched the ball since logging three carries in the 2016 season.

In all, there are currently eighteen players from Big 12 schools in the portal and twelve of them have already found new homes. Interesting enough, half of the players from the Big 12 are quarterbacks and two of them are transferring within the conference.

Austin Kendall is moving from Norman, Oklahoma to Morgantown, West Virginia and Alex Delton is changing his address from Manhattan, Kansas to Fort Worth, Texas.

Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are second to Texas with three players in the transfer portal. Iowa State, Kansas State and TCU have two each and Baylor has just one.

Only three of the eighteen players looking to transfer from a Big 12 school are on the defensive side of the ball.

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