Alabama redshirt freshman linebacker Jackson Bratton Entering the transfer portal, 247Sports learned.
Bratton has yet to appear in a game in his football career at Crimson Tide. The Alabama native Muscle Schulz has signed with Alabama as part of the 2020 class. He ranked 155th overall and the No. 10 linebacker in that tournament, according to 247Sports Composite. Bratton chose Alabama over Nebraska, Ole Miss, and many others.
The NCAA introduced the transfer portal on October 15, 2018, providing athletes with a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to move. They just need to request compliance by entering their name. Usually, it takes 24 to 48 hours for a player to appear at their request. Schools are free to contact the player without restrictions once their name appears in the portal.
While a player entering his name into the transfer portal means that he intends to explore his options, this does not necessarily mean that he will leave. The player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are not obligated to keep the player in the scholarship once they enter the portal.
There were 2,646 FBS players entered the transfer portal during the 2020-2021 transfer cycle, per source. This is up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.
This increase can be attributed at least in part to a new NCAA policy that allows student-athletes to transition once in their careers without having to sit for a year in residence. This means that all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet the NCAA deadline for entry.