Ole Miss wide receiver transferring to Sun Belt program
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Ole Miss wide receiver transferring to Sun Belt program

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Jadon Jackson – who caught five passes for 42 yards as a sophomore wide receiver for Ole Miss this past season – is transferring to South Alabama, per On3’s Matt Zenitz. Jackson is a former On3 Consensus four-star recruit out of the Class of 2019.

A 6-foot-1, 195-pound wideout, Jackson tallied 15 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown over three seasons with the Rebels. He played in just two games for Ole Miss in 2021 – making a combined five catches for 42 yards against Alabama and LSU.

A Centerton, Arkansas native, Jackson entered the NCAA Transfer Portal on Jan. 4. Coming out of Bentonville West High School, Jackson committed to Ole Miss over offers from Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana, among others.

Jackson joins a South Alabama program that is coming off a 5-7 season.

Transfer portal background information 

Check out the NCAA Transfer Portal Tracker.

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.