Former Auburn and Florida State running back DJ Williams announced via social media on Tuesday that he will transfer to Arizona. The former four-star recruit spent two years with the Tigers before opting to make a move to the Seminoles last year and again entering the transfer portal this spring.
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Over two seasons at Auburn, DJ Williams started three games and appeared 18 times. After making just six appearances for Florida State in 2021-22, he now makes a move to Arizona where he will look to gain playing time against Pac-12 competition. In his career, Williams has 132 carries for 646 yards and six touchdowns, adding 12 receptions for 72 yards.
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Coming out of high school in Sebring, Florida, Williams ranked No. 304 in the country according to the On3 Consensus. He also ranked No. 28 among running backs and No. 36 in his home state.
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.