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Transfer Tracker: Former 5-star Eyabi Anoma enters portal

Eyabi Anoma
Eyabi Anoma (Nick Lucero/

The Transfer Portal has changed the landscape of college football. So at Rivals we introduce to you the Transfer Tracker, where we analyze players entering the portal and rate them on what kind of impact they could make at their new home.

Next up in the tracker: Houston and former Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma

CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State


Anoma's stock rose as his high school career moved along and after having an impressive senior season he committed to Alabama over Michigan, Maryland and many others.


Anoma stepped into Alabama and right into the rotation, playing in six games and recording nine tackles. But he was unhappy with his role and elected to enter the transfer portal in early 2019, only to later pull his name out and stick with the Tide.

By the time August rolled around Anoma was dismissed from team and entered the portal again, quickly landing at Houston. He sat out the season due to transfer rules before being dismissed from the Cougars program earlier this week. Anoma will have at least two years of eligibility remaining at his next school.


This is a tough one because Anoma has shown himself to be a problem and has now been kicked out of two programs. But his talent is why he was ranked so high to begin with and why two programs took a chance on him, so he will likely get one more shot. Maryland could make sense given his ties to the area as well as coach Mike Locksley's ties to Alabama, so it will be worth watching to see if the Terps make a run at him.


"This is an interesting one because Anoma was a can’t-miss coming out of high school and an elite athlete and pass rusher. But since he’s gotten to college, he’s been nothing but a disappointment and trouble short of a couple of flashes of his talent. Now that he’s out of Houston after leaving Alabama, what do you do with him?

Physically he’s a freak and could stand up or play with his hand on the ground. He could make a huge impact. It is his head in it? Can he overcome two transfers? I’m going to be very conservative with his impact rating." -- National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell

Impact Rating: 5.9 out of 10


Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.

1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.

4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.

6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.

9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.

10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.