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Transfer Tracker: Utah QB Jason Shelley enters the portal

Jason Shelley
Jason Shelley (USA TODAY)

The somewhat new world of 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.

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Shelley committed to Utah during the summer prior to his senior year, choosing the Utes over Virginia and several Group of Five options.


Shelley had to wait his turn to see the field in Salt Lake City as he sat behind talented four-year started Tyler Huntley. But when Huntley went down with an injury in 2018, Shelley stepped into the lineup and didn't disappoint, leading Utah to wins over Oregon, Colorado and BYU and going 3-2 as a starter in his five appearances.

He went back to being Huntley's backup in 2019 and played sparingly before being moved to safety for the Utes' Alamo Bowl matchup against Texas.

For his career, Shelley completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,205 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 223 yards and four scores. Shelley will have one year of eligibility remaining at his next school.


It's tough to project where Shelley might land, especially since he had recently made the move to defense. Auburn offensive coordinator Chad Morris was high on Shelley as a high school prospect, but the playing time Shelley is looking for likely won't be available. A move closer to Texas, perhaps with one of the state's Group of Five schools, seems most likely.


"Shelley was a mid-range three-star quarterback out of high school who lacked size but had a solid arm and good mobility. He showed flashes of his ability at Utah, especially in his impressive comeback win against BYU. But he continues to battle some of the inconsistency he faced in high school.

"He can be a starter at the Group of Five level, but Power Five might be where he can provide depth and a player who continues as a developmental prospect." -- National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell

Impact Rating: 4.6 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.