Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Mike Wright (14) warming up prior to the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

QB Mike Wright transferring to Northwestern

Former Vanderbilt and Mississippi State quarterback Mike Wright is transferring to Northwestern for his final season of eligibility.

Wright told ESPN on Thursday that he chose the Wildcats to play for head coach David Braun and new offensive coordinator Zach Lujan.

“Those two guys were the main factors,” said Wright, who made three starts last season at Mississippi State and 11 starts in his time at Vanderbilt (2020-22).

Wright has completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 2,520 yards with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions across 38 career games. He has also rushed for 1,229 yards and 10 TDs.

The starting quarterback gig is open at Northwestern with last season’s QB1 Ben Bryant out of eligibility and former backup Brendan Sullivan transferring to Iowa.

Wright’s competition to lead the Northwestern offense in 2024 includes sixth-year veteran Ryan Hilinski and redshirt sophomore Jack Lausch.

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Arizona State quarterback Jaden Rashada (5) throws a pass against Arizona during the third quarter at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe on Nov. 25, 2023.

QB Jaden Rashada transferring to Georgia

Former Arizona State quarterback Jaden Rashada has decided to transfer to Georgia.

He announced his transfer Thursday on Instagram with a photo of himself in a Georgia uniform and the message, “Compete with the BEST.”

Rashada, from Pittsburg, Calif., will have four years of eligibility remaining. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 6 quarterback in the 2023 class.

He initially was set to enroll at Florida in 2023 but when his $13 million name, image and likeness deal with the school’s collective went awry, he landed at Arizona State. His father, Harlen, played for the Sun Devils from 1992-94.

The younger Rashada announced plans to transfer last week.

As a freshman, he appeared in three games, passing for 485 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He missed spring practice at Arizona State because of thumb surgery.

At Georgia, Rashada will join a quarterback room that includes incumbent starter Carson Beck, who led the Bulldogs to a 13-1 finish in 2023, and Gunner Stockton, ranked by 247Sports as the No. 7 QB in the 2022 class.

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ASU quarterback Jaden Rashada (5) throws a pass during a spring practice at the Kajikawa practice fields in Tempe on April 16, 2024.

Arizona State QB Jaden Rashada entering transfer portal

Arizona State quarterback Jaden Rashada will enter the transfer portal, he announced Thursday.

Rashada posted a message on Instagram thanking his teammates, coaches, strength staff and other support staff at Arizona State.

“With that being said I’ll be entering my name in the transfer portal seeking the best fit for my career!” Rashada wrote.

Rashada is a former four-star quarterback prospect in the Class of 2023 best known for flipping his commitment from Miami to Florida — then requesting release from his national letter of intent when an NIL deal with Florida’s collective worth a reported $13 million fell through.

Rashada wound up at Arizona State and got into three games as a freshman, passing for 485 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He has been out most of the spring after needing thumb surgery.

Georgia is expected to pursue Rashada, On3 and 247Sports reported.

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Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Cormani McClain (1) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Transfer roundup: Colorado CB Cormani McClain enters portal

Colorado cornerback Cormani McClain, a former five-star high school recruit, entered the transfer portal on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Tuesday was the first day of the spring transfer window. The portal will remain open for players to enter until April 30.

McClain appeared in nine games for the Buffaloes in 2023, Deion Sanders’ first season as Colorado’s coach. McClain started four games and finished the season with 13 tackles and two pass breakups.

He was the No. 1 cornerback in the Class of 2023, per the 247Sports composite rankings.

–Miami lost leading rusher Henry Parrish Jr. and backup quarterback Jacurri Brown to the portal.

Parrish gained 625 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns for the Hurricanes in 2023. Across four seasons with Ole Miss (2020-21) and Miami (2022-23), Parrish amassed 2,057 rushing yards, 56 receptions for 384 yards and 17 total touchdowns (15 rushing).

Brown has seen action in nine games over the past two seasons at Miami. He was likely to rank behind Emory Williams and incoming transfers Cam Ward and Reese Poffenbarger on the QB depth chart.

–Oregon State running back Damien Martinez is officially in the portal, with On3 reporting that he will visit Miami, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arizona.

It was reported last week that Martinez intended to enter the portal. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team by rushing for 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns on 194 carries in 12 games last season for an average of 6.1 yards per carry. He recorded six 100-yard games on the ground, with a high of 146 against Stanford.

In two seasons with the Beavers, Martinez had 2,167 rushing yards and 16 TDs on 355 carries in 25 games.

–True freshman offensive lineman Jason Zandamela is looking to transfer from Southern California, 247Sports reported.

Zandamela was the No. 4 interior offensive line prospect in the Class of 2024, per the 247Sports composite. He is a native of Mozambique who played rugby before moving to the United States.

–Kadyn Proctor is back in the portal with a “do not contact” label, multiple reports said, indicating the offensive lineman plans to return to Alabama.

Once a five-star offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2023, Proctor — a native of Des Moines, Iowa — originally committed to Iowa before flipping to Alabama. After spending his freshman season with the Crimson Tide, he entered the portal following coach Nick Saban’s decision to retire.

Proctor committed to Iowa during the previous transfer window but announced on March 19 that he would not be staying with the Hawkeyes’ program and would re-enter the portal in the spring.

–Former four-star quarterback recruit Tad Hudson plans to transfer out of North Carolina, On3 reported.

Hudson did not see the field as a true freshman in Chapel Hill while backing up Drake Maye, a likely first-round pick in this month’s NFL draft.

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Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Drew Pyne (10) warms up before playing the Fresno State Bulldogs at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe on Sept. 16, 2023.

Report: Ex-Arizona State, Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne transfers to Missouri

Former Arizona State and Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne committed to Missouri, ESPN reported Sunday.

Pyne entered the NCAA transfer portal in December and re-enrolled at Notre Dame for the spring semester to earn his degree in American Studies. When he transferred to Arizona State, he was one semester short of graduation.

As a graduate transfer at Missouri, he’ll be eligible to play immediately and will have three years of eligibility remaining after factoring in a medical redshirt and the extra year granted by the NCAA for the pandemic-impacted season.

He’ll be joining a quarterback room headed by Brady Cook, who led Missouri to a Cotton Bowl victory over Ohio State in December and is returning for his final season of eligibility.

Backup quarterback Sam Horn will miss the upcoming season following Tommy John surgery.

Pyne, 23, began his college football career in 2020 at Notre Dame. He saw limited action the first two seasons, redshirting as a freshman, and started 10 games in 2022 with an 8-2 record, including 4-1 against top 25 teams.

The Connecticut native transferred to Arizona after the 2022 season but played in just two games for the Sun Devils because of a lingering hamstring injury and other injuries.

In his career, Pyne has appeared in 19 games, completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 2,530 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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Oct 7, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive back Keon Sabb (3) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the third quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama lands former Michigan S Keon Sabb

Former Michigan safety Keon Sabb has enrolled at Alabama after entering the transfer portal last week.

He played in 14 games for the national champion Wolverines in 2023 and tallied two interceptions and 28 tackles.

The sophomore returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in Michigan’s 52-10 win at Minnesota on Oct. 7.

Sabb was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2022 out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The 247Sports composite ranked him as the No. 9 safety in the nation.

New Crimson Tide head coach Kalen DeBoer’s general manager, Courtney Morgan, recruited Sabb to Michigan.

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Sep 30, 2023; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal tight end Benjamin Yurosek (84) warms up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Stanford TE Benjamin Yurosek commits to Georgia

Former Stanford tight end Benjamin Yurosek confirmed Friday he is transferring to Georgia.

The 6-foot-4, 242-pound senior caught 108 passes for 1,342 yards and five touchdowns as a three-year starter for the Cardinal from 2021-23.

Yurosek told ESPN he was attracted to Georgia because of the competition in the Southeastern Conference and for the way the Bulldogs deploy their tight ends.

“Obviously Georgia has the best of both worlds,” Yurosek said. “They have big-time football and the use of tight ends.”

He will help the Bulldogs replace All-American Brock Bowers, regarded as the top tight end in the 2024 NFL Draft class.

Yurosek is finishing his undergraduate degree at Stanford this quarter before enrolling at Georgia.

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Sep 2, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit on the sideline prior to the NCAA football game at Indiana University Memorial Stadium. Ohio State won 23-3.

Reports: No. 1 QB prospect Julian Sayin commits to Ohio State

Julian Sayin, considered the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the Class of 2024, is leaving behind Alabama for Ohio State.

Sayin entered the transfer portal following the retirement of legendary Alabama coach Nick Saban, and on Sunday he committed to the Buckeyes, multiple outlets reported.

A native of Carlsbad, Calif., Sayin was a consensus five-star prospect and the No. 5 overall recruit in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

He committed in November 2022, choosing Saban and the Crimson Tide over Ohio State as well as Georgia, LSU and Texas.

“I held this program in high regard throughout my entire recruiting process and am looking forward to learning from some of the most talented players and coaches in college football and contributing to our team’s success,” Sayin said of Ohio State.

The Buckeyes have restocked their quarterback room after 2023 starter Kyle McCord transferred to Syracuse. Former Kansas State starter Will Howard will spend his last year of eligibility in Columbus and is the presumptive 2024 starter. Devin Brown, Air Noland and Lincoln Kienholz are the other names on the roster.

Alabama freshman All-American safety Caleb Downs also chose Ohio State as his transfer portal destination.

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Dec 2, 2023; Atlanta, GA, USA;  Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart embraces Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Caleb Downs (2) after the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama freshman All-American S Caleb Downs enters portal

Alabama freshman safety Caleb Downs entered the transfer portal, according to the media company operated by his father, former NFL running back Gary Downs.

The All-SEC selection won the Shaun Alexander Award as national freshman of the year and is considering Georgia, Notre Dame and others who were involved in his initial recruiting, according to Deuce Recruiting, owned by Gary Downs.

Caleb Downs could also return to the Crimson Tide but is expected to take an official visit to Georgia, which is near his hometown.

Downs led Alabama with 107 tackles in 2023, adding two interceptions and punt return for a touchdown.

New head coach Kalen DeBoer’s defense has been hard hit by transfer portal entrants since he was hired to replace Nick Saban. Another safety, Jake Pope, transferred back to his home state of Georgia after playing 11 games on special teams at Alabama in 2023.

Linebacker Shawn Murphy became the fifth Crimson Tide transfer to commit to Florida State on Monday. Cornerback Earl Little Jr. and running back Roydell Williams also joined the Seminoles from Alabama.

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Florida Atlantic quarterback Casey Thompson (11) passes during the second quarter against Monmouth at FAU Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2023, in Boca Raton, FL.

FAU QB Casey Thompson, former Longhorn, commits to Oklahoma

Casey Thompson, who spent three seasons playing quarterback at Texas, is heading to the other side of the Red River rivalry and joining Oklahoma.

The Florida Atlantic transfer announced his commitment to the Sooners on Thursday. He is a native of Oklahoma City.

“Dear Oklahoma, I’m coming home,” he posted on social media with images of him in Oklahoma gear.

It’s likely Thompson will enter 2024 as the backup to Oklahoma quarterback Jackson Arnold, who is taking over for Dillon Gabriel.

Thompson’s 2023 season was cut short when he tore an ACL in the Owls’ third game of the season Sept. 16 against Clemson. He finished the interrupted campaign with 509 passing yards, five touchdown and five interceptions.

Thompson threw for 2,422 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine picks in 19 games at Texas from 2019-21. He transferred to Nebraska in 2022 and played in 10 games, throwing for 2,407 yards, 17 TDs and 10 picks.

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