Louisville WR takes grad transfer

Lamar Jackson heading for the NFL isn't the only news out of Louisville today.

Traveon Samuel, a role player for the Cardinals, has decided to play his college football elsewhere for his final year of eligibility. Samuel played in all 12 regular season games this year, but missed their bowl game with an injury. He had 21 catches for 339 yards and will wrap up his career with appearances in 38 games, 750 yards receiving, and a 100 kickoff return for a touchdown.

Stay tuned for where Samuel takes his grad transfer.

BC's Hilliman a potential Grad Transfer

John Hilliman presents an interesting case. The redshirt junior is looking to play his college football elsewhere - maybe. He hasn't announced his intention to be a grad transfer. However, he's looking around. The running back originally committed to Rutgers - and he's taking a visit there. And he's a New Jersey native. And he's already graduated. Stay tuned.

Another Hurricane moving on

Nick Linder, a former starting center for Miami (FL), will play his college football at Indiana next year. Linder sat out the 2017 season, having left the team over the summer. That said, he played as a true freshman and appeared in 26 games over his career with the Canes, meaning he's eligible as a graduate transfer for the Hoosiers. Linder will enroll in the spring at Indiana.

Linder is the third grad transfer away from Miami this week.

Potential Starting QB Leaving Kentucky

Drew Barker, who was expected to compete for the starting QB job at Kentucky in the spring, will instead test the grad transfer market. Barker had a record setting high school career in Kentucky before joining the Wildcats, but an injury and the stellar play of Stephen Johnson kept Barker on the sidelines for most of the last two seasons. He has made the decision to move on and try his luck at a new school, having finished his undergraduate degree last month.

Thomas leaving Temple for Baylor

Derrek Thomas, a two year contributor at defensive back for the Owls, is leaving Philadelphia for Waco, Texas. He announced on Instagram that he'll be playing for Baylor next season. You may recall that Matt Rhule, the Bears' head coach, left Temple for his current position. (Similar to Cordell Hudson leaving Syracuse to join forces with his former head coach, Scott Shafer, now at MTSU).

Thomas was hurt for a large part of the year, but still managed to intercept a pass and break up five more.

A few new names on the Potential Transfer List

Aside from the FCS and CFP National Championship games in the next couple of days, the college football is season is over, and that means we're starting to hear more about players considering their futures.

Two players from Notre Dame, C.J Sanders and Pete Mokwuah, are taking grad transfers.

Sanders is only a junior, but it's being reported that he will have enough credits to graduate over the summer. Because he played as a true freshman, he only has one year of eligibility remaining. He made his mark returning kicks for the Irish for the last three years, while only seeing significant reps at wide receiver in 2016.

Mokwuah, a Long Island native, played sparingly during his four years at Notre Dame as a defensive lineman. He red-shirted his freshman year, and has another year of eligibility left.

Arizona defensive lineman Marcus Griffin also announced his intention to transfer for his final year of eligibility. Griffin made appeared in 11 games over three years with the Wildcats and was included in Arizona's recognition of graduating senior in November.

Two Miami (FL) Reserves May Take Grad Transfers

Ryan Fines, a Defensive Lineman, and Darrion Owens, a Linebacker, may be moving on for the 2018 season.

Fines only appeared in two games this season, but still managed to get a sack and forced a fumble. He is on track to graduate in the spring, and his departure has been confirmed by Miami, so it's likely he'll be seeking another school next fall.

Owens is a bit more of a surprise. He played in all twelve games for the Canes this season and had 32 tackles, including 6 in the bowl game against Wisconsin. He's a December graduate, meaning he can move on right away, although the U is yet to confirm that he's leaving.

Dillard to play college football at North Carolina

Cameron Dillard, formerly of Florida, is taking a graduate transfer to UNC. Dillard started 20 games over his career for the Gators on the offensive line. He's been one of the bigger names on the transfer market this spring, especially because he's already married and has a kid. He has one year of eligibility left in 2017.

Two MAC linebackers seeking grad transfers

Austin Valdez, a redshirt junior who had an All-Conference season for Bowling Green in 2015, is looking to play college football at a different school next year. Bowling Green's fortunes dipped after a coaching change before 2016, and Valdez was hurt for much of the season. But many schools are likely to be eager for the services of a player who logged an incredible 144 tackles two seasons ago.

Robert Spillane, who has spent his career at Western Michigan, is also keen to take a graduate transfer next season. His status is a bit more unclear - it's not certain right now if the true junior has the credits to graduate this spring. There's also major questions if he's trying to follow his former coach to Minnesota. The intrigue is high with this one.

Delaney and Klock off the board

Dee Delaney, formerly of The Citadel, is taking a grad transfer to play college football at Miami. Delaney is an FCS All-American and led his conference with six interceptions last season. He has P5 size and is expected to compete for a starting job in the Hurricanes' secondary next year.

Trey Klock, an offensive lineman formerly of Georgia Tech, is using a graduate transfer to move to Northwestern. He made five starts for the Yellow Jackets in 2016 in a season ultimately plagued by injuries. Klock expressed unhappiness in Atlanta, and is moving to Chicago to pursue a business degree. He will have two years of eligibility at Northwestern.