Minnesota quarterback Jacob Clark has The NCAA transfer portal entered here Sunday evening, a source told GopherIllustrated. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder was a third-year player for the 2021 Golden Gophers college football season. Clarke played in one game for Minnesota in his career, and that was against Maryland in 2019 where he completed his only pass for 39 yards.
With the news that Tanner Morgan is back for another season, it makes sense that Clarke would seek to play in a different organisation. The Gophers still has a lot of mid-ranking scholarships with Morgan, Zack Annexstad, Athan Kaliakmanis, and Cole Kramer. In addition to the 2022 QB, Jacob Knuth is committed to signing up in January.
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.