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Miami offers high-profile FCS transfer wide receiver Andrew Armstrong

Article written by:On3 imageJames Fletcher III

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The Miami Hurricanes have offered a scholarship to transfer portal target Andrew Armstrong, who previously played wide receiver at Texas A&M-Commerce before opting to continue his career elsewhere. All FCS players were permitted to enter the transfer portal this week, while FBS athletes must wait for their window to open on Dec. 5.

Andrew Armstrong finished his sophomore season with 1,020 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns over 11 games. After redshirting as a freshman in 2019 and not playing in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6-foot-6 Texas native saw the field for the first time in 2021.

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After two successful seasons, he promises to draw plenty more attention from FBS programs while in the transfer portal, with Miami becoming one of the first to make contact.

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.

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.