It’s that time of year, folks. Beginning today, athletes from college football programs all over the country will be entering the NCAA transfer portal and declaring their intentions to play elsewhere. When it comes to Auburn football, we can expect a lot of action from the portal in both departures and arrivals.
The NCAA transfer portal officially opened today, December 4, meaning that athletes can both enter the portal and be contacted by other programs. Players can announce their intentions to transfer prior to the opening, but cannot officially enter. Graduate students can enter the portal at any time while undergraduate students must abide by the window parameters unless there are extenuating circumstances like a head coach firing.
Who is leaving Auburn football?
Several Auburn football players announced intentions to transfer last week, including defensive tackles Enyce Sledge and Stephen Johnson, and wide receiver Omari Kelly. Today, Johnson’s name was entered into the portal, and it was announced that jack linebacker Stephen Sings and wide receivers Jyaire Shorter and Malcolm Johnson Jr. have also entered.
Both Sings and Shorter transferred to the Plains during the previous offseason, and spent one season on the Plains. Sings played for head coach Hugh Freeze’s former school, Liberty, from 2020-2022. During his 2023 season with Auburn football, Sings recorded five tackles and played in six games.
Shorter, who previously played four seasons at North Texas, was a graduate transfer who arrived on the Plains in May of this year. Though he saw game action in seven contests this season, he recorded only one catch.
Malcolm Johnson Jr. played three seasons on the Plains beginning in 2020. He saw lots of game action throughout those years and racked up 14 catches for 199 yards and one touchdown.
Who has been offered by Auburn football?
On the flip side, the Tigers’ coaching staff have extended four offers so far today, to one wide receiver, one linebacker, and two defensive linemen. Prior to the window opening, the coaching staff offered three offensive lineman transfers: Southern Miss transfer Gerquan Scott, North Dakota transfer Easton Kilty, and Shorter transfer Alan Herron.
The first offer of the day went out to former Michigan State DL Derrick Harmon. After three seasons with the Spartans, Harmon racked up 71 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.
Next up to receiver an offer was former Vanderbilt defensive end Nate Clifton. He entered the portal as a graduate transfer and spent the previous five seasons as a Commodore, recording 93 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and one interception.
Auburn football also offered formal Georgia State wide receiver Robert Lewis. He spent the previous four seasons as a Panther and recorded 90 receptions for 1,019 yards and 10 yards. His longest reception was for 53 yards in the 2022 season.
Finally, the Tigers have also offered former Arkansas linebacker Chris Paul. In three seasons with the Razorbacks, Paul recorded 137 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, six sacks, and one forced fumble.
Check back for more Auburn football transfer portal updates!