Transfer Tuesday: Five notable transfer portal entries
The introduction of the transfer portal last year has changed the way players move across college football programs. With that in mind, Rivals.com breaks down a transfer-related topic each week.
With all of college football now having played four games, players continue to flow into the transfer portal. Today, we focus on the five most notable entries over the past week.
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As a recruit: Edwards had offers from all over the country but focused in on Oklahoma pretty early in the process, committing to the Sooners during the spring of his junior year.
As a Sooner: Edwards saw the field early as a true freshman, appearing in four games, mostly as a reserve. But changes on the Sooners' defensive staff led to him falling down the depth chart, and after appearing in just one game this season, Edwards made the decision to enter the portal last week.
As a recruit: Holcombe was a late bloomer in the recruiting process but caught the eye of Kansas State and the Wildcats landed him prior to the start of his senior season, beating out Georgia State.
As a Wildcat: After redshirting in 2018, Holcombe competed for the backup job this offseason and even found his way onto the field in a few games this fall, appearing at quarterback and wide receiver. He proved to be a threat with his legs, rushing for 71 yards on 13 carries while also completing one pass for nine yards on the season. The move to enter the portal came as a surprise, especially considering his playing time to start the year.
Potential landing spots: Georgia State, SMU
As a recruit: Jones emerged at one of LSU’s summer camps and was pretty much always destined to play for the Tigers, despite an early commitment and then decommitment from the Tigers. He re-committed for good during the spring of his junior year.
As a Tiger: Jones came in with a number of other top wide receivers in the 2018 class and was never able to find his way to the field on the offensive side of the ball. He moved to defense for the 2019 season and while he saw action in two games as a reserve, Jones elected to enter the portal last week. It’s also notable that Jones was a standout member of the LSU track team, where he finished sixth nationally in the long jump earlier in the year.
As a recruit: A talented wide receiver in high school, Reynolds jumped at the chance to commit to Texas A&M, pledging to the Aggies during his senior season.
As an Aggie: The younger brother of talented wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who was a breakout star at Texas A&M, Moses never quite found a way to make an impact in College Station. He bounced back and forth between offense and defense over each of the last three seasons and after failing to see much more than mop-up duty this year, he elected to enter the portal. Reynolds will likely be a graduate transfer with the ability to play next season.
As a Tar Heel: Smith has been a fixture in the lineup since arriving in Chapel Hill, appearing in five games as a freshman and then starting a combined eight games as a sophomore and junior. After a two-game suspension to start the 2019 season, Smith’s playing time tailed off and he was used mainly in spot duty during three appearances this season. Over his career, he had 69 tackles, including 7.5 for loss.