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UPDATED: Transfer Portal List

Updated: Feb 14

As many of you know, Monday at 9:00 AM wreaked havoc across the entire world of college football. The floodgates known as the transfer portal opened, creating a day in which diehard college football fans spent with push notifications on all day. As we look into the month of December, Kentucky, like every other college football program, looks to shift their focus to the relationships they've built with their roster and their plans to add different contributions from the portal. Here, I decided to make it easy for fans to quickly see who's in and who's out as we buckle our seatbelts for the wildest month of college football. Without further ado, here are the scholarship Kentucky players who have entered their names in the portal.

Jalen Geiger

The Columbia, SC native was the first player for the University of Kentucky Wildcats to enter his name into the transfer portal. As a member of the secondary in the 2023 season, Geiger had big expectations after coming off an injury just 2 games into his 2022 campaign. The 5th year cornerback once again experienced the injury bug during the Georgia game and missed out against the Missouri Tigers. Geiger finished his Kentucky career with 39 tackles, 2 passes deflected and one touchdown.

Seasons of eligibility remaining: 1

Izayah Cummings

The wide receiver switched to tight end from Male High School in Louisville, KY will transfer to another school. With a combination of maybe under-utilization as well as an offensive scheme that did not necessarily compliment his game, Kentucky did what they could to get the most out of Cummings. In his sophomore year, the Louisville native was moved to tight end to compliment the offense including Wan'Dale Robinson and Josh Ali. After an offensive coordinator change, Cummings never seemed to gain traction in the offense, even after the return of Liam Coen. Recently against in-state rival Louisville, Cummings reeled in a crucial 55-yard reception that flipped the field and set Kentucky up to score a touchdown the next play to ultimately upset the Cardinals. Cummings finished his career at Kentucky with 18 receptions on 293 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns all recorded in 2021.

Seasons of eligibility remaining: 1 (graduate transfer)

Jamarius Dinkins

The sophomore nose tackle from Columbus, Ohio was among the first group to enter his name into the transfer portal. The former 3-star recorded only 3 solo tackles in his second year in 4 games. Although Dinkins never made his way to the 2-deep depth chart, the 6-5 280-lb tackle made an appearance in 10 games in two years. Keep a close eye on Purdue as a school of interest for Dinkins.

Seasons of eligibility remaining: 2

Dekel Crowdus

The Frederick Douglass alum surprised many by not entering his name into the portal in 2022, following a season in which Crowdus saw the field in 10 games where he recorded 4 receptions for 82 yards after being labeled as a guy to watch as fall camp played out. The wide receiver followed the 2022 season up by not getting ANY targets in 2023.

Seasons of eligibility remaining: 2

Grant Bingham

As a big time commit in the commonwealth of Kentucky (3rd ranked by 247 and ON3 to be exact), Paintsville native Grant Bingham was an ELITE get in 2022. The 321 lb, 6-5 offensive lineman was a missing piece in 2023, after Stoops announced in fall camp that the former 4-star would miss the season due to injury after redshirting his freshman year. With the positional flexibility of senior center Eli Cox, Bingham had an opportunity to earn his way up the ranks at Kentucky. For reasons unknown, we will likely not get to witness what could've been after landing such a highly touted recruit for the Big Blue Wall.

Seasons of eligibility: 3

JuTahn McClain

Kentucky will lose out on running back JuTahn McClain in a room in which depth is highly important yet not strong at this point in the 2024 season. McClain, the Fairfield, Ohio native, was a consistent backup in the 2023 season and is maybe the most familiarized player Kentucky is losing due to the portal. McClain played in 4 seasons dating back to the COVID season and has averaged 4.8 yards rushing per attempt in that time, earning 1 rushing touchdown back in September of this season as he broke off a 36-yard run against Vanderbilt. McClain was seen as an option to receive in the backfield as well, earning 2 touchdown receptions in his career at UK.

Seasons of eligibility: 2

Luke Fulton

The Michigan State transfer committed in a time in which the inside linebacker position was a position of need for the Wildcats. After the Cardinal Mooney alum committed to Kentucky out of the portal, the 6-4 225-lb inside linebacker only saw the field in Kentucky's blowout win vs Akron in which he recorded 1 solo tackle.

Seasons of eligibility: 1

Destin Wade

Kentucky loses another backup quarterback as we head into the offseason. After committing with his twin brother, Keaten, the backup quarterback started in only one game, the 2022 Music City Bowl vs Iowa. In that game, Wade threw for 98 yards and ran for 23. Wade recorded no touchdowns in the air nor on the ground and threw 16-30 (53.3%). There was never much promise in Wade's ability to compete for a starting role for UK but with a twin brother playing legitimate minutes as an outside linebacker, the family dynamic could've made their situation tougher as they will likely transfer together.

Seasons of eligibility: 3

Keaten Wade

The backup strongside linebacker behind Alex Afari will be looking for another home, presumably with his twin brother, Destin. Keaten Wade played a big-time role in Kentucky's defense this season, particularly toward the end of the season. Wade played in every game but Missouri in 2023, culminating in a total of 36 tackles, including 17 solos and 1 sack. While playing behind another sophomore in Alex Afari, it makes sense why Wade would want a promised starting role in a system that would allow his brother Destin to get legitimate stats as a quarterback. The brothers from Spring Hill, Tennessee chose Kentucky over Tennessee in their final decision out of high school while Keaten was a 4-star and ranked the 5th best player in the state.

Seasons of eligibility: 3

Martez Thrower

The former three-star linebacker will choose another school to attend this off-season. After 7 games played in 2023 in which he recorded 9 solo sacks, the Rochelle, Georgia native finished his career at Kentucky playing in 30 games and recording 25 total tackles. The 6-foot-2, 224-lb weakside linebacker was the second linebacker to enter the portal since the portal opened up on the 4th of December. Kentucky will be looking to fill more depth in the linebacker group after losing Thrower, Keaten Wade, and Luke Fulton in the portal.

Seasons of eligibility: 2

Kaiya Sheron

Kentucky lost their 2nd quarterback to the transfer portal this season as Somerset, KY native Kaiya Sheron put his name into the portal. After committing to Kentucky in 2021, Sheron had the mighty task of competing for backup reps during his entire tenure for his dream school. In 2022, Sheron replaced Will Levis after the now Tennessee Titans quarterback in what will be remembered as simply that; a game that Kentucky fans would like to erase from history due to their injured star quarterback. Sheron saw action in 5 total games as a Kentucky Wildcat, finishing with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The former Briar Jumper threw for 19 of 33 (57.6%) for a total of 192 passing yards and carried the ball 13 times for a total of -29 yards.

Seasons of eligibility: 2

And now, here is the list of transfers in:

Brock Vandagriff

The Georgia backup out of Bogart, GA will transfer to Kentucky for the 2024 season. Vandagriff, the former 5-star recruit will make an immediate impact for the 'Cats. Vandagriff has a great pocket presence, strong arm and is mobile enough to stir up a defense. Kentucky's new QB1 is not mobile enough to be considered a dual-threat quarterback, but due to his experience in the SEC he has an innate sense of reading a defense.

Seasons of eligibility: 2

Raymond Cottrell

The former Texas A&M wideout will join Kentucky's wide receivers room providing more depth in that department. The top-25 transfer and former 4-star receiver will be an addition that will be around for the long haul, only logging 1 game as an Aggie. His lone reception was a 13-yard touchdown snag against ULM. With the duo of Barion Brown and Dane Key returning as well as Shamar Porter, a receiver that had initially entered his name into the portal, that room is one Kentucky fans can feel more comfortable in as we transition into 2024.

Seasons of eligibility: 4

As we've learned from the 2023 football season, not everything ends with the quarterback's success, but Coen has expressed his desire to have a quarterback that can control the line of scrimmage and make adjustments as needed. Additionally, Stoops and his staff appears confident they will obtain the offensive stars that the big schools are after, and even reiterated to star defensive lineman Deone Walker that he would be returning after the Texas A&M rumors began to swirl after the Louisville win.

Beau Allen

Who would've thought after Beau Allen hit the portal to attend Tarleton State that he would find his way back home to Lexington before his playing days were over? Well, here we are. After being ruled ineligible last season by the NCAA and not exactly having the career he'd hoped for, the Lexington Catholic alum will finish his career at Kentucky.

Seasons of eligibility: 1

Deamonte "Chip" Trayanum

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