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Former Florida wide receiver Daejon Reynolds calls Xzavier Henderson entering transfer portal a 'good move'

20200517_134556by:Justin Rudolph04/22/23

The Florida Gators recently saw another player head for the exit this offseason in, receiver Xzavier Henderson. Henderson decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Saturday, and another former Florida wideout is here for it. Shortly after the news broke, former Gator turned Pitt Panther Daejon Reynolds took to social media in support of his former teammates’ decision.

This is not the first time Reynolds has done this. After another Florida receiver, Antwaun Powell-Ryland, announced his decision to enter the transfer portal, the Pitt wideout retweeted his post in a similar fashion. You can see Reynolds’ reaction to Henderson’s entry into the NCAA transfer portal below.

Henderson has spent three seasons with the Gators and made 14 starts. In the Gators 2022 season, Henderson would finish the year with 38 catches for 410 yards and two touchdowns. Things looked promising for him during spring practices. Henderson showed how valuable he could be when given the opportunity. That included a three-touchdown performance in the second scrimmage.

Reynolds redshirted the 2021 season, but had a solid 2022 campaign for Florida, where he hauled in eight receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns in his eight appearances. But it seems like something was off at Florida because shortly after the season, Reynolds hoped into the transfer portal where he would eventually land in Pittsburgh in late January.

To keep up with the latest players on the move, check out On3’s Transfer Portal wire

NCAA Transfer portal background information

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.