2020–2021 MACtion Transfer Portal Notes & Updates

LAST UPDATED: 8/27/21

Every year I keep up with movements to and through the NCAA transfer portal. The transfer portal lets athletes transfer more freely, and don’t have to ask for their coaches for permission to leave the school they’re enrolled at. There’s no guarantee that they’ll end up anywhere else with playing time or even a scholarship, but the opportunity to move with fewer restrictions isn’t unnecessary.

Below is my team-by-team breakdown of players leaving and joining their respective MAC teams via the transfer portal. Names in bold mean that they started at least one game for their MAC school in 2020. Schools in the parentheses denote where players are going to are coming from.

If you see something that needs to be added/modified: shoot me a message at alexonmaction@gmail.com, or @ARAlvarado13 on Twitter.

Special hat tip to 247sports.com’s transfer database, which is a primary source to help keep this thing updated.

AKRON ZIPS

Zips coming in

  • LB, Jeslord Boateng (Michigan State)
  • DE, Curtis Fann (Florida State)
  • DL, Zach Morton (Syracuse)
  • TE, Nikolas Ognenovic (Kentucky)
  • RB, Anthony Williams (Michigan State)

Zips going out

  • DT, Eric Bentley
  • RB, Isaiah Childs (Montana, FCS)
  • CB, A.J. Felton
  • DL, Darrius Harris
  • QB, Brayden Hawkins (Lackawanna College, JUCO)
  • RB, Peter Hayes-Patrick
  • WR, Julian Hicks (Central Connecticut State, FCS)
  • WR, Jeremiah Knight (Louisiana-Monroe)
  • TE, Zach Leininger (Southeast Missouri State, FCS)
  • DL, Dylan Meeks (Florida)
  • DT, John Mitchell — Will not play in 2021, aims to transfer in spring
  • WR, Jonah Morris (Northern Colorado, D2)
  • CB, Jordyn Riley (Louisiana-Monroe)
  • WR, Nate Stewart (Montana State, FCS)
  • LB, Demetrick Watts (Northern Colorado, D2)
  • TE, Maverick Wolfley (West Florida, D2)

BALL STATE CARDINALS

Cardinals coming in

  • WR, Chase Bishop (Tennessee)
  • TE, Casey Coll (Saint Francis, FCS)
  • S, Trenton Hatfield (Illinois State, FCS)
  • WR, Jayshon Jackson (Cincinnati)
  • OL, Damon Kaylor (Michigan State)
  • CB, Latrelle Smith (Williams & Mary, FCS)
  • DL, Jordan Ward (VMI, FCS)

Cardinals going out

  • WR, Luke Endsley
  • WR, Jaylen Flemmons (Kentucky State, D2)
  • WR, Rahmon Hart (Duquense, FCS)
  • CB, Isaac James-Gray
  • CB, Ethan Merriweather
  • DL, Solvauhn Moreland
  • S, Demetrius Murray (Kentucky State, D2)
  • CB, Gerald Smith
  • LB, Davion Tyson

BOWLING GREEN FALCONS

Falcons coming in

  • S, Davon Ferguson (Kansas)
  • TE, Tommy Guajardo (Michigan State)
  • QB, Drew Gunther (Syracuse)
  • DT, Ali Saad (Minnesota)

Falcons going out

  • CB, Caleb Biggers (Boise State)
  • RB, Andrew Clair (Northwestern)
  • LB, Kholbe Coleman (Southern Illinois, FCS)
  • WR, Jaylen Flemmons (Kentucky State, D2)
  • RB, Rico Frye
  • LB, DeMontae Haigler (Louisiana-Monroe)
  • WR/LB, Isaiah Johnson-Mack (Saginaw Valley, D2 — as TE)
  • WR, Noah Massey (Angelo State, D2)
  • WR, Julian Ortega-Jones (Texas State)
  • DB, Dylan Pate
  • LB, Jerry Roberts (Arizona)
  • WR/OLB, Rodell Rahmaan (Tennessee State — as TE)
  • C, Cameron Stage (Western Kentucky)
  • WR, Shon Strickland
  • DL, Ronald Walder (Eastern Kentucky)
  • OT, Joe Ware (Austin Peay)

Additional notes

  • 247sports’ database lists OL Joe Maxwell as a 2020 transfer. Maxwell actually transferred to North Alabama after the 2019 season.
  • DB Diata Burns entered his name in the transfer portal, but later withdrew his name.

BUFFALO BULLS

Bulls coming in

  • S, Adam Beck (Texas Tech)
  • DT, Josh Rogers (Texas A&M)
  • WR, Quian Williams (Eastern Michigan)

Bulls going out

  • DE, Jordan Avissey (Bethune-Cookman, FCS)
  • CB, Roy Baker (Eastern Kentucky, FCS)
  • DL, Frendy Darelus
  • OL, Michael Ford (Kansas)
  • WR, Jelani Foster (Rhode Island, FCS)
  • DT DeShondrick Foxworth (Southern Illinois, FCS)
  • LG, Jacob Gall (Baylor)
  • S, Tyrone Hill (Washington State)
  • TE, Zac Lefebvre (Western Kentucky)
  • OL, Anthony Laudicina
  • DT, Ronald McGee (Kansas)
  • LB, Rich Miller (Kansas)
  • LB, Justin Mulbah (New Haven, D2)
  • C, Mike Novitsky (Kansas)
  • WR, LeMaro Smith
  • DT, Eddie Wilson (Kansas)
  • WR, Trevor Wilson (Kansas)
  • DT, Tyrece Woods (Central Michigan)

Additional notes

  • RB Kevin Marks previously put his name in the transfer portal but withdrew from it a week later.
  • QB Matt Myers initially entered his name in the transfer portal when Lance Leipold left for Kansas, but withdrew his name a week later after the hire of Maurice Linguist.
  • S Madison Cone was set to transfer to Buffalo from Wisconsin for his final year, but has changed course and will instead play at Appalachian State.
  • DE Zion DeBose  was set to transfer to Buffalo from Virginia Tech for his final year, but has changed course and will instead play at Kansas.
  • LB Tim Terry was set to transfer from Buffalo (reported May 5), but has since withdrawn his name (May 9).
  • S Cory Gross Jr. was set to transfer from Buffalo (reported May 7), but has since withdrawn his name (May 24).
  • WR Daniel Lee was set to transfer from Buffalo (June 24), but has since withdrawn his name (July 2). 

CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS

Chippewas coming in

  • WR, Lavar Gumms (Northwestern State, FCS)
  • LB, Marcel Lewis (Michigan State)
  • WR Kyle Richardson (Oklahoma, was a walk-on)
  • QB, Jacob Sirmon (Washington)

Chippewas going out

  • CB, Norman Anderson
  • CB, Brandon Brown
  • P, Brady Buell (Houston Baptist, FCS)
  • LB, Jayden Cray
  • DT, Mohamed Diallo (Arizona)
  • CB, Demarcus/Woo Governor (Northern Iowa, FCS)
  • TE/QB, Austin Hergott
  • DL, Deron Irving-Bey
  • RB, Jordon Ingram (Auburn)
  • LB, Chuck Jones (Kentucky State, D2)
  • CB, Kyron McKinnie-Harper
  • WR, Alec Muck
  • LB, Nevin Hughes
  • DE, Marcus Romboli (Holy Cross, FCS)
  • DL, Max Saylor
  • WR, Tyrone Scott (Missouri State, FCS)
  • OL, Romello Tarver (McNeese State, FCS)

EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES

Eagles coming in

  • S, Brandon Benson (Bucknell, FCS)
  • QB, Ben Bryant (Cincinnati)
  • RB, Jawon Hamilton (James Madison, FCS)
  • TE, Dexter Manior (Navy)
  • OL, Cody Nawrot (Saint Francis, FCS)
  • CB, Jarrett Paul (Rutgers)
  • WR, Dennis Smith (Duke)
  • WR, I’Shawn Stewart (Oregon State)

Eagles going out

  • LB, Desean Boyd
  • DL, Vince Boyd (Robert Morris, FCS)
  • LB, Konrad Dixon
  • DB, Carthell Flowers (Stony Brook, FCS)
  • ATH/QB, Jairus Grissom
  • DT, D.J. Jackson (Campbell, FCS)
  • TE, Lucas Luft (Florida Atlantic)
  • RB, Karmi Mackey
  • DL, Samari Saddler
  • DB, Timarcus Simpson (USF)
  • QB, Isaac Stiebeling
  • WR, Quian Williams (Buffalo)
  • CB, Jerodd Vines (North Dakota State, FCS)

Additional notes

  • 247sports’ database lists S Greg Kelley as a 2020–21 transfer. Kelley tried out for Texas as a walk-on in the spring of 2020, but ended up finding his way at EMU. He was granted full college eligibility, and was on the EMU roster, in 2020.

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES

Flashes coming in

  • S, Nico Bolden (New Mexico)
  • DE/OLB, Damir Faison (East Carolina)
  • DL, Asher Frow (North Texas)
  • TE, Aaron Hackett (Syracuse)
  • WR/KR, Nykeim Johnson (Syracuse)
  • RB, PK Kier (Virginia)
  • DT, Brian Mitchell (Jackson State, FCS)
  • DT, Cam Peterson (McNeese State, FCS)
  • OLB, Marvin Pierre (Murray State, FCS)
  • S, Antwaine Richardson (Maryland)
  • WR, Devontez Walker (North Carolina Central, FCS)

Flashes going out

  • QB, Woody Barrett
  • CB, Miles Daniel
  • S, Jaylen DeCoteau (Sacred Heart, FCS)
  • WR, Antwan Dixon (Valdosta State, FCS)
  • DT, Quentin “Buddah” Jones (Troy)
  • CB, Brad Kemayou
  • WR, Lonkevious McFadden (Eastern Kentucky, FCS)
  • OL, Mike McNicholas (Eastern Illinois, FCS)
  • DE, Prince Okituama
  • DL, Oly Okombi (Towson, FCS)
  • S, Jeremiah Salaam (Idaho, FCS)
  • OL, Julian Sams
  • OL, Logan Swartz (Iowa Western, JUCO)
  • OL, Tyler Thomas
  • K, Matthew Trickett (Minnesota)

MIAMI REDHAWKS

RedHawks coming in

  • RB, Keyon Mozee (Kansas State)

RedHawks going out

  • TE, James Bomba (Indiana)
  • QB, Michael Bonds (Northern State, D2)
  • OL, Danny Godlevske (Oklahoma State) — Godlevske leaves Miami as a graduate transfer and a two-time Third Team All-MAC recipient at center.
  • LB, Richie Hagarty (Southern Illinois, FCS)
  • DB, Jeremiah Josephs
  • DB, Deland McCullough Jr. (Indiana)
  • WR, Dimitrios Mitsopouos
  • LB, Jayden Russell (Central Missouri, D2)
  • RB, Ontario Russell
  • DL, Jahmal Wynter

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES

Huskies coming in

  • RB, Braxton Chapman (Youngstown State)
  • QB, Rocky Lombardi (Michigan State)
  • TE, Miles Joiner (Youngstown State)
  • DL, Jalen Pinkney (UCF)
  • RB, Clint Ratkovich (Western Illinois, FCS)
  • S, Nate Valcarel (South Dakota, FCS)
  • QB, Ryan Yost (Wagner, FCS)

Huskies going out

  • CB, Mark Aitken (Eastern Illinois, FCS)
  • DB, Woodly Appolon
  • DT, Miles Baggett
  • WR, Keion Battle (Illinois)
  • QB, Ross Bowers
  • LB, Thomas Brunner (Wisconsin)
  • RB, Nazareth Bryant
  • LB, Jordan Cole (Southeast Missouri, FCS)
  • WR, C.J. Dunn (Alabama A&M, FCS)
  • WR, Charles Fish
  • CB, Romel Goston (College of Dupage, JUCO)
  • QB, Andrew Haidet (Southwest Minnesota State, D2)
  • CB, J.D. Harris (Chattanooga, FCS)
  • CB, Tyrik Henderson (Iowa Western, JUCO)
  • LB, Cortez Hogans (Snow College, JUCO)
  • DT, Weston Kramer (Indiana)
  • LB, Vinny Labus
  • WR, Michael Love (Iowa Western, JUCO)
  • DL, Cam Mattox (Eastern Illinois, FCS)
  • RB, Jyran Mitchell
  • QB, Connor Neville
  • WR, Leon Payne
  • WR, Dennis Robinson (Texas State)
  • WR, Joe Sikma (Winona State, D2) — Was walk-on.
  • QB, Rodney Thompson
  • TE, Maximilian Thrower (Morgan State, FCS)
  • CB, Antwain Walker
  • DE, Caleb Wright (Northern Michigan, D2)

OHIO BOBCATS

Bobcats coming in

  • OL, T.J. Jackson (Virginia Tech)

Bobcats going out

  • TE, Cleotis Anglin (Bethune-Cookman, FCS)
  • OL, Thomas Aronokhale Jr. (Western Kentucky)
  • CB, Marlin Brooks
  • DT, Marcus Coleman
  • WR, Darfnell Gouin
  • WR, Shane Hooks (Jackson State, FCS)

TOLEDO ROCKETS

Rockets coming in

  • DL, Judge Culpepper (Penn State)
  • S, Ronald Delancy III (Nebraska)
  • WR Brayden Fox (Rutgers)
  • QB, Tucker Gleason (Georgia Tech)
  • WR, Matt Landers (Georgia)

Rockets going out

  • WR, Ronnie Blackmon
  • CB, Jordan Hendy (Pittsburgh State, D2)
  • DT, Gaige Hill (Cal U of Pennsylvania, D2)
  • S, Caleb Sutherland

WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS

Broncos coming in

  • DL, Kainoa Fuiava (Idaho State, FCS)
  • DL, Hozey Haji-Badri (East Carolina)  —  Will miss 2021 season with a torn ACL and told 247sports’ Chris Hummer “I will be back in 2022 hungrier than ever and I will absolutely be one of the more dominant players in the country.”
  • DB, Dorian Jackson (St. Francis, FCS)
  • WR, Bryce Nunnelly (Chattanooga, FCS)
  • DB, Delano Ware (Illinois)

Broncos going out

  • LB, Treshaun Hayward — Originally set to transfer to Arizona, but he is no longer going to the school. Arizona initiated the separation
  • CB, Ginial Isma
  • WR, Ryan Lezzer
  • LB, Roy McCree
  • DT, Eston Miles
  • DE, Stiles Moore
  • TE, Luke Sanders

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