Hillsdale College transfer WR Isaac TeSlaa sets highly anticipated decision date

Wade Peery01/08/23
Article written by:On3 imageWade Peery
(photo via Isaac TeSlaa)

Hillsdale College transfer wide receiver Isaac TeSlaa is one of the most coveted prospects in the 2023 NCAA Transfer Portal. He currently boasts 14 scholarship offers from across the college football landscape. The likes of the Miami Hurricanes, Iowa State Cyclones, Iowa Hawkeyes, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Houston Cougars, Baylor Bears, Wisconsin Badgers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Ole Miss Rebels, Colorado Buffaloes, Texas A&M Aggies, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Arizona Wildcats, and the Purdue Boilermakers have all offered the Hillsdale College standout in the portal. On Sunday evening, he revealed his decision date that he will officially decide which team he’ll be transferring to. The highly anticipated announcement will be coming on Tuesday, January 10th.

Check out his tweet here.

There’s no question that much of the college football world will be eagerly anticipating this decision.

During his transfer portal recruitment process, he’s taken official visits to Arkansas, Purdue, Iowa, and Iowa State. TeSlaa has played the last three years at Hillsdale College in Michigan and put up some impressive numbers over the last two years. As a sophomore in 2021, he had 698 yards and seven touchdowns, but had an even bigger junior season this year. He hauled in 68 receptions for 1,325 yards and 13 touchdowns — all career-highs — before entering the portal Dec. 4.

To keep up with the latest players on the move, check out On3’s Transfer Portal wire

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.

To keep up with the latest players on the move, check out On3’s Transfer Portal wire

Track portal activity

While the NCAA transfer portal database is private, the On3 Network has streamlined the reporting process tracking player movement.

If you find yourself asking, ‘How can I track transfer portal activity?’ our well-established network of reporters and contacts across college athletics keeps you up to speed in several ways, from articles written about players as they enter and exit the transfer portal or find their new destination, to our social media channels, to the On3 Transfer Portal.

The transfer portal wire provides a real-time feed of player activity, including basic player profile information, transfer portal ranking and original On3 Consensus recruiting ranking, as well as NIL valuation (name, image and likeness).

The On3 Transfer Portal Instagram account and senior national college football reporter Matt Zenitz’s Twitter account are excellent resources to stay up to date with the latest moves.

On3’s Nick Schultz also contributed to this article.