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Chip Trayanum Transfers To Kentucky

I will be completely honest with you, I never thought that I would see the day that Kentucky would be taking recruits (via the transfer portal) from schools such as Ohio State and Georgia. That is the beauty of the transfer portal. It gives college athletes who didn't have a chance to play at their previous schools another chance at proving themselves worthy of a starting spot on a college roster.

First, it was the former 5-star transfer, Brock Vandagriff, from the University of Georgia and now Kentucky and the coaching staff have locked up another transfer in DeaMonte "Chip" Trayanum from the Ohio State University to compliment him. Trayanum is a former 4-star running back from Akron, Ohio who originally committed to Arizona State University back in the class of 2020. He had a decent career in his two seasons with the Sun Devils as he had 127 combined carries for 692 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2022, Trayanum transferred to Ohio State where he's played the last two seasons. "Chip" had a combined 100 rushing attempts for 465 yards and 3 touchdowns as a Buckeye.

He came to Ohio State to play at the linebacker position but ended up playing some on both offense and defense. More than likely though, Kentucky will use the 5'11" powerback for his running abilities. Trayanum has a very similar build to someone like former Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. or even Chris Rodriguez Jr. He isn't the fastest back out there but he will get you yards after contact which Kentucky backs are often known for. Also, if you find yourself in a first-and-goal situation, Trayanum seems to be your guy.

Trayanum had several offers out of high school from schools such as Arizona State, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Purdue, amongst many others. It is not every day that Kentucky picks up another recruit such as Trayanum but Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops are flexing again their ties with the state of Ohio.

We've seen consecutive running backs under Mark Stoops break school records year after year. The program has now seen four straight running backs rush for 1,000+ yards in a season after raking in college stars through the names of Boom Williams, Benny Snell Jr., Chris Rodriguez Jr., and most recently Ray Davis. It looks like DeaMonte "Chip" Trayanum will be Ray Davis' replacement... Will he be the next?

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