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LSU quarterback/wide receiver Eric Gibson officially enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Nick Schultz04/29/22
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LSU is losing a quarterback — and wide receiver — to the transfer portal.

Eric Gibson is officially in the portal, On3’s Matt Zenitz has learned. Gibson is a dual-threat wide receiver and quarterback, but redshirted last season for Ed Orgeron and didn’t play a snap for LSU.

LSU is currently trying to figure out its starting quarterback will be under first-year coach Brian Kelly. Jayden Daniels, a transfer from Arizona State, and incumbent Myles Brennan are the two likely choices to be the Tigers’ QB1 this season.

It’s the first big decision Kelly has to make as he takes over for Orgeron after a long run at Notre Dame, where he became the winningest coach in Fighting Irish history. With spring ball in the books, LSU will likely have to wait until fall camp for a starter to be decided.

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.