Georgia Bulldogs redshirt freshman defensive back Jalen Kimber has officially entered the transfer portal, according to On3’s Matt Zenitz. Kimber saw action in one game this season against UAB, but he was sidelined most of the season with a shoulder injury.
Kimber underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Sept. 23. He was originally projected as a starting cornerback for the 2021 season coming out of spring drills for the ‘Dawgs.
He injured the shoulder during the strength and conditioning portion of the 2021 off-season and attempted to play through the injury.
Kimber was a member of the 2020 recruiting class and was rated a four-star prospect, according to the On3 Consensus Rankings. In those rankings, he was rated as the 122nd overall prospect in the nation.
Kimber joins Georgia wide receiver Justin Robinson as the second member of the Bulldogs’ football program to enter the transfer portal on Wednesday night.
All four of Georgia’s current transfer portal entries either play one of two positions: cornerback or wide receiver. Kimber joins fellow corner Ameer Speed, wide receiver Jaylen Johnson, and wide receiver Justin Robinson.
The defections to the transfer portal show that even though a team just won the national championship, they too, are not immune to losing players to the portal.
It creates a tremendous challenge for college football coaches across the landscape. It’ll be interesting to see how the portal evolves in the future, or if there are any changes at all.
More on the NCAA Transfer Portal
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.