Early Grad Transfer Commits

College football is reaching the end of the regular season, and we’re already seeing grad transfer commits for 2019. Here are the announcements we’ve seen so far.

Manny Bowen, a linebacker, is taking his graduate transfer from Penn State to Utah.

D’Andre Plantin, an offensive lineman, will grad transfer from Virginia Tech to North Texas.

And Steven Nixon, a long snapper, has committed as a grad transfer to Georgia, where he’ll head after finishing his degree at Mercer. We love FCS to FBS grad transfers!

The most recent grad transfers

We’re almost done with October, and we’ve seen a couple more college football players eligible for graduate transfer.

Manny Bowen, a reserve linebacker, is leaving the Penn State squad to preserve his last year of eligibility. He will finish his degree, graduate in December, and be eligible for a new school in January.

D’Andre Plantin, a reserve offensive lineman, is done playing at Virginia Tech. He’ll be eligible for a graduate transfer in the spring.

Also, Justice Shelton-Mosley, a wide receiver, could be a graduate transfer from Harvard. There’s no indication that Shelton-Mosley is looking for a grad transfer, but he’s not eligible to return to the Crimson because of Ivy League injury rules.

Updates to the football list

Getting caught up on the latest additions to the college football grad transfer lists.

Keyan Williams, a wide receiver, is taking a graduate transfer from Nebraska to Ball State.

Kyle Feder, an offensive lineman, will grad transfer from Ohio State to Kansas.

Freddy Canteen, a wide receiver, will take a graduate transfer from Notre Dame. This is his second season on the market - he transferred into Notre Dame last summer.

Meanwhile, Darrin Kirkland, a linebacker has decided to stay at Tennessee after announcing his intent to take a grad transfer earlier this month.

Latest football grad transfer commits

A couple of updates to the committed graduate transfer list for college football.

Dennis Edwards, an offensive lineman, is taking his grad transfer from Western Kentucky to Purdue.

Edwards' former teammate, Jake Collins, a punter, will also take a graduate transfer from Western Kentucky. He's heading to Northwestern.

Pat Nelson, a defensive back, is taking a grad transfer from Illinois to SMU.

Also, linebacker Jared Drake is on the Other Grad Transfers list - he's taking a graduate transfer from Ohio State to FCS Western Illinois.

Additionally, Darrin Kirkland, a linebacker, has announced his intention to leave Tennessee as a grad transfer.

The latest college football grad transfers

A busy couple of days for college football. Here are the latest updates:

Jabril Robinson, a defensive lineman, is taking a graduate transfer from Clemson to West Virginia.

Ashton White, a defensive back, will be a grad transfer from Notre Dame to Buffalo.

Cole Blake, a running back, is leaving Robert Morris and using his grad transfer to walk-on at Pitt.

Jake Hall, a defensive lineman, will be a graduate transfer to SMU, having spent most of his career at Arkansas.

And Denzil Ware, a linebacker, is heading to Jacksonville State after leaving Kentucky as a grad transfer. This one is a bit of a surprise - an SEC starter heading to the FCS has raised a few eyebrows.

 

Plenty of football transfer activity

As the semester draws to a close and post-spring depth charts come out, we're seeing a spike in college football grad transfers.

Nick Harvey is now on the committed graduate transfer list. He's a defensive back and is leaving Texas A&M for South Carolina.

New to the Other Grad Transfers list is Matt Shiel, a punter who is taking a grad transfer to Mercer. He's a particularly interesting graduate transfer because he started his career at Mercer, transferred home to Australia, and is coming back for grad school where he started. This counts as a grad transfer because his eligibility clock started during his first stint on campus.

Three other players announced their intent to take grad transfers today:

Jalen Williams, Linebacker, Pittsburgh

Dennis Edwards, Offensive Lineman, Western Kentucky

Andrew Mike, Offensive Lineman, Florida

Football updates include former basketball player

The latest college football grad transfer news includes the rare athlete who is switching sports.

Ahmad Wagner, formerly a forward for the Iowa college basketball team, is taking a grad transfer to play tight end at Kentucky, Read more about his change in sports here.

Other committed graduate transfers added to the list are:

Danny Sutton, punter, Maryland to New Mexico

Tony Lashley, linebacker, Idaho to Boise State

Additionally, Dallas Warmack, an offensive lineman from Alabama, is now on the potential grad transfer list.

The latest grad transfer news for football

Evan Shirreffs has announced his graduate transfer destination; the former Miami (FL) quarterback is heading to Charlotte. Shirreffs has had an interesting journey over the past few months. His grad transfer from the Hurricanes drew attention because of the restrictions placed on him by the former staff. But that's all in the past and he now has two years of college football with the 49ers.

Meanwhile, Jawuan Johnson, a linebacker from Northern Illinois, is taking a grad transfer.  Johnson was a top defensive player for the Huskies last season, starting 13 games and racking up almost 100 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

FCS player announces jump to the Big 12

Brian Lipscomb, a linebacker from the Virginia Military Institute, is taking a graduate transfer to Kansas. Lipscomb has been an important player for the Keydets over the last three seasons, appearing in 33 games and racking up more than 130 tackles. He has one year of eligibility remaining to play college football, and it appears that he will graduate in May.

New names on the grad transfer list

A random mix of players on potential transfer board this evening.

Ricky DeBerry, who saw time at linebacker and H-back for Oklahoma, will take a graduate transfer after he graduates in May. DeBerry only had six career appearances for Oklahoma, including one start, all during the 2016. He red-shirted in 2015 and health issues in 2017 prevented him from taking the field. He has two years of college football left wherever he ends up.

V.J. Banks, a defensive back, will grad transfer away from Rice for his last season of eligibility. Banks was an important member of the secondary for three seasons, but an injury cut short his senior year. He's been given an extra year, and he's looking to play elsewhere his final year. This is Rice's third grad transfer of the winter.

And J.J. Cosentino, a quarterback from Florida State, is no longer on the Seminole roster. He never really made an impact on the depth chart, and he already has his degree. While it's unclear if he intends to take a graduate transfer, he's eligible to do so. So you never know.

Another busy Monday for grad transfers

So far, there have been four changes to the lists today, with two commits and two announcements of intent.

Alex Malzone, the former Michigan quarterback, is going to play college football for Miami Ohio next season. That's not to be confused with Miami (Fl), which has been very busy this month. Malzone only had three appearances over his Michigan career. Luckily for him (and the Redhawks), Malzone has two seasons of eligibility left. He'll graduate from Michigan in the spring.

George Rushing, a wide receiver formerly of Wisconsin, is taking a graduate transfer to Buffalo next season. Rushing was hurt for most of the 2017 season, and it had been announced before the season was even over that Rushing would be graduating.

Josh Harris, a linebacker from Arkansas, and Clemson Quarterback Tucker Israel also announced their intentions to take grad transfers next season. Stay tuned on where they end up.

More grad transfers involving Miami (Fl)

It seems like every time the boards get updated, the Hurricanes are somehow involved. Today, there's someone coming in and someone going out.

Tito Odenigbo, a defensive lineman, is reportedly joining Miami (FL) after taking a grad transfer from Illinois. The reporting on this one is a little scanty - this is solely based on somewhat vague social media posts Odenigbo has made. However, the move makes sense, so it seems fair to assume that he's committed.

Meanwhile, Darrien Owens, a linebacker, is leaving Miami (FL) to play college football at Houston. He was a solid contributor during his time for the Hurricanes, playing in 39 games. Owens is already enrolled at Houston and will practice with the Cougars this spring.

Simmons leaving Virginia

Jahvoni Simmons, a redshirt sophomore linebacker, is leaving Virginia with his degree. It's always cool when this happens, a guy getting his degree and having multiple years of eligibility remaining. Simmons plans to become his graduate transfer after playing in six games and recording one tackle in his Cavaliers career. We'll let you know when he announces where he'll be playing college football next year. 

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.

Kentucky linebacker Laster moving on

De'Niro Laster, a rotation player at linebacker, will be leaving as a graduate transfer after he graduates in May. Laster transferred in from Minnesota and played in five games last season before going down with a knee injury. Kentucky has growing depth at linebacker and also appears to be over the 85 player scholarship limit, so it appears Laster may have been surplus to requirements. Hopefully, he catches on somewhere else to pursue his grad degree.

Projected Michigan State starter taking grad transfer

Jon Roschke is leaving the Spartans under somewhat ugly circumstances. The rising fifth year player apparently said something regrettable in a fight with a teammate last month, and it's prompted him to leave the program. He can play immediately elsewhere next season.

Roschke was hurt for most of 2016, but started at linebacker 24 times over the past three seasons. That includes every game of the 2015 season.

Stay tuned for where he ends up.