As we approach the entry window of December, we have some news and notes regarding some players who have been able to enter already.
I might as well add this as a team and not a player right? With head coach Jeff Scott being shown the door, players now have a 30-day window to enter the transfer portal. While no players have officially entered as of the writing of this article, rumors have already begun to swirl of several entering sooner than later. The first two to keep an eye on are defensive back Matthew Hill, who transferred in from Auburn, and wide receiver Xavier Weaver. Hill made the move from wide receiver to safety when he arrived in Tampa and has totaled 82 tackles and two interceptions since the transfer, while Weaver would be the bigger prize of the two with 112 receptions, 1,675 yards and seven touchdowns with the Bulls. This is just something to monitor in the coming days.
WR Tarvarish Dawson – Auburn
Four Auburn wide receivers recently entered the portal, with Dawson being the fastest of the group. Speed is always intriguing, so it is not surprising that he has received plenty of early interest. A few of the FBS schools that are in the picture already include Indiana, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Purdue, SMU, UCF, Houston, James Madison and Arkansas State.
DL Devin Phillips – Colorado State
Phillips has continued his hot streak over the last week. After picking up initial offers from Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Old Dominion and Sam Houston, he has seen new ones come in from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Tulane, Marshall and FAU. Now with the attention of P5 programs, it will be interesting to see where his process leads in the next week or two.
DB Tywan Francis – Colorado State
Francis has begun to focus his process on Virginia, which continues to be his only P5 offer at this time. Look for Francis to take an official visit to Charlottesville this month and if additional P5 offers don’t come in during that time, he will very likely be finishing his collegiate career with the Cavaliers.
DL Jacob Lacey – Notre Dame
By all accounts, Lacey’s official visit to Oklahoma over the weekend went extremely well. The Sooners’ coaching staff has identified the defensive line as a major need in recruiting and the portal, so they have quickly made Lacey a priority as he has the potential to be an immediate starter in 2023 in Norman. What was thought to be a Kentucky slam dunk by many, is now a street fight as Lacey next heads to Lexington for a very important official visit next weekend.