Fifth-year redshirt junior defensive back Gilbert Frierson announced his intention to enter the transfer portal, leaving Miami after the 2022 season, on Tuesday afternoon. After joining the Hurricanes as a four-star recruit in the 2018 class, he appeared in games in each of his five seasons and will retain one year of eligibility elsewhere.
Frierson appeared in 10 games this season, recording three tackles with one pass deflection. Over his career with the Hurricanes, he has appeared in 48 games with 15 starts, tallying 113 tackles, three sacks and 10 pass deflections with his most productive season coming in 2020 as a full-time starter.
In his announcement, posted on Twitter, he thanked coaches and teammates. Frierson also announced that he will enter as a graduate transfer.
A former four-star recruit in the On3 Consensus rankings, he ranked No. 190 overall and No. 17 among safeties in the 2018 class. He also ranked No. 31 in the state of Florida out of Coral Gables Senior in Miami, Florida.
More on Transfer Portal
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.