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Transfer Tracker: Kentucky QB Amani Gilmore enters the portal

Amani Gilmore
Amani Gilmore (Jeff Drummond/Cats Illustrated)

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 is Kentucky quarterback Amani Gilmore.

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

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

TRANSFER RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Tight End


Gilmore didn't have a ton of options as a recruit at the Power Five level but when Kentucky offered him a spot in its 2019 class he jumped on the opportunity, committing at the start of his senior season.


Even with Kentucky's struggles at quarterback in 2019, Gilmore didn't get much of a look, playing just two snaps during his first season in Lexington. After the arrival of former elite recruit Joey Gatewood, the path to playing time wasn't going to get any better for Gilmore going forward and he entered the portal. Gilmore will have at least three years of eligibility remaining at his next school.


Considering the current transfer market at quarterback and the lack of Power Five suitors for Gilmore as a recruit, it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up back close to home in Louisiana at a Group of Five school or even at the FCS level.


"Gilmore is tough to read because he saw mostly scout team time in his only season at Kentucky. He was a big, athletic dual threat out of high school with a whip arm delivery as a left hander but he was a low three star because he was erratic and raw. He was a better runner than a passer and will have to find the right offense to be successful. -- National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell

Impact Rating: 4.7 out of 10


The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and mange their rosters so we here at continue to evolve our coverage. 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.

1.1-3.9 — 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.

7.1-8.9. — 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.