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Oregon transfer defensive tackle Kristian Williams commits to Missouri

Article written by:On3 imageJames Fletcher III


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Former Oregon defensive lineman Kristian Williams, a former four-star recruit, has committed to Missouri, according to a post on his social media. The fourth-year player will join head coach Eli Drinkwitz out of the transfer portal as part of  the revamped unit in 2022.

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Kristian Williams played in all of Oregon’s games in 2020 and 2021 with four starts across the 21 appearances. The 6-foot-2 versatile lineman recorded 16 tackles last season with one pass deflection.

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A Memphis, Tennessee native, Williams ranked No. 6 in On3’s list of remaining transfer portal prospects who can make a difference. He ranked No. 349 overall in the 2019 On3 Consensus, also landing No. 43 among defensive linemen and No. 9 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.