how the ncaa transfer portal has affected high school recruiting

by Kaden Ankunding Published 9 months ago Updated 8 months ago

The NCAA transfer portal debuted Oct. 15, 2018, and its impact has forever changed recruiting on the high school level. The portal gives college athletes who desire to transfer the chance to put their name in a site where other colleges can make contact and express interest.

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How has the college transfer portal changed the college sports landscape?

The creation of the portal has allowed college players to more easily transfer, meaning many teams are filling their rosters with experienced college athletes, rather than having to recruit as many high school athletes. “It really has been a headache.

Is the transfer portal impacting high school recruiting?

Donnie Zimmerman, the chief operating officer for National Preps, a national scouting service that functions as a player personnel department, agrees that the current state of the transfer portal has impacted high school recruiting.

How has college football recruiting changed in the last few years?

The recruiting landscape in college athletics has changed remarkably over the last few years, from the transfer portal, relaxed transfer rules and name, image and likeness (NIL) deals. College coaches have scrambled to keep up, but so have high school coaches, who are tasked with helping their players find opportunities at the next level.

What is the transfer portal?

The transfer portal is an online list of students that have notified their NCAA school of their intent to transfer. Once in the portal, the student can be seen by other NCAA coaches and be contacted without needing permission from the current school.


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Bilgrien, who helped the Trojans win consecutive Class 6AI state championships and was selected District 6AI-1 player of the year last month, has no offers from Division I coaches and has received only interest from smaller Division II schools.

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