After entering the transfer gate right after the New Year, Arkansas was the former safety Joe Fucheh He announced his new college home. Foucha announced his intention to move to LSU on Twitter. Foucha was one of five captains for the Razorbacks in 2021.
Foucha finished the 2021 season with 72 total fouls, 32 individual fouls, 7.5 fouls for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, five pass deflections, and a mandatory fumble. In his career since 2018, Foch has 230 total tackles, 100 singles tackles, 11.5 stops to lose, 2.5 sacks, four interceptions, 12 pass deflections, two stumbled recoveries, and two forced tackles.
He made the announcement in graphics on Twitter on Tuesday.
– Joe Foucha (@joe_Foucha) January 12 2022
As a member of the 2018 class, Foucha was a predictable three-star according to 247Sports Composite ratings. It ranked #25 in Louisiana’s overall prospect, #41 safety prospect in the class and #604th overall prospect in the class.
He issued a statement as he entered the gate and left Arkansas.
“First of all, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for being able to practice the sport that I love at such a high level,” Foucheh said. “I would also like to thank Coach Cooper and Coach Morris for bringing them to the University of Arkansas. To Coach Pittman and his staff, thank you for the continued support and development. To every teammate who has taken me as a brother and friend, I am so grateful to you, and I will always cherish the memories we made. To the faculty and coaching Thank you for all your helpful help and guidance.
“Finally, to all the amazing Razorback fans, thank you for your unwavering support through thick and thin. I am forever grateful! With this, I will enter my name into the transfer portal with one year of eligibility remaining.”
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 only 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.
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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.