Report: Top-ranked LSU cornerback to enter transfer portal
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Report: Top-ranked LSU cornerback to enter transfer portal

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LSU cornerback Eli Ricks has entered the transfer portal, according to a report from Sam Spiegelman.

Ricks made his presence known as a true freshman in 2020, racking up 20 tackles (11 solo stops), half a tackle for a loss, nine passes defended, four interceptions and two touchdowns in the abbreviated ten-game season. His performance made him a 2020 Freshman All-American honoree, while also being named to the Freshman All-SEC team.

His 2021 season fell short of expectations, though, due to a season-ending injury. Ricks missed the season-opener, then played in the next five games, finishing with 11 total tackles (nine solo stops), one pass defended and one interception, before he was ruled out for the season with an injury.

“It’s a sustaining injury that just kept on coming and coming back, and he and his family decided to get it operated on, to get it fixed,” Orgeron said earlier this year, after Ricks left the LSU-Kentucky game. “I think he’s going to get it fixed soon. It was a nagging injury, here and there, and he kept on playing with it and playing with it, and it just kept on reoccurring.”

Ricks was a five-star recruit and the second-highest rated commit in LSU’s 2020 recruiting class, trailing only tight end Arik Gilbert. He ranked as the No. 23 overall recruit in the On3 Consensus, making him the No. 3 cornerback in his class, as he earned a five star rating from two sites, and a four-star label from another.

Ricks, a native of Rancho Cucamonga, California, held offers from most every Power Five school coming out of IMG Academy. He ultimately picked LSU from his final list of schools, which also included Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and USC.

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.