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Alabama RB Trey Sanders enters NCAA transfer portal

Drew Schott11/22/22
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Alabama running back Trey Sanders has entered the NCAA transfer portal. The news was reported by On3’s Matt Zenitz.

This season, Sanders has rushed 14 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. He has seen time in five games.

In 2021, Sanders rushed for 314 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries. He put up that performance after recovering from injuries suffered in a car accident in Nov. 2020. During the 2020 campaign prior to suffering his injuries, he recorded 134 yards on 30 carries. He won a national championship during his time with the Crimson Tide.

Sanders played high school football at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, where he was a five-star recruit. He was the No. 10 overall prospect and No. 1 running back in the 2019 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

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.