Monday afternoon the NCAA granted a transfer waiver to JT Daniels, allowing the second-ranked quarterback from the 2018 recruiting class to play immediately for Georgia after transferring from his hometown school of USC. It prompted Kentucky fans across the BBN to ask, “What about the transfer waiver for the No. 1 ATH from the 2018 recruiting class?”
Joey Gatewood announced his intent to transfer from Auburn in October. Two months later he committed to Kentucky. He arrived on UK’s campus and began working out with the team in January while compliance officials began the application process to receive a waiver that could grant Gatewood instant eligibility.
It’s been more than six months since Gatewood committed to Kentucky, yet it took just over six weeks for Daniels to receive a waiver from the NCAA. What’s taking so long? The answer is that in the SEC, it just means more (time).
Gatewood transferred from one SEC school to another. KSR has learned that intra-conference transfers must take additional steps, requiring each school to submit paperwork through the league office. The SEC only recently returned to UK the information and documentation necessary to properly apply for Gatewood’s waiver. The school plans on filing the transfer waiver to the NCAA this week.
If the timeline the NCAA used for Daniels is applied to Gatewood, Kentucky fans can expect a (most likely positive) decision to come in the next six weeks. Obviously, timelines vary from case to case, but if the college football season begins as scheduled, Gatewood could be available for the home opener against Eastern Michigan.
Gatewood is not the only high profile athlete playing the waiting game in the SEC’s prolonged intra-conference transfer process. Cade Mays, a former five-star recruit and starting offensive lineman for Georgia in 2019, announced in January his intent to transfer to Tennessee, the same school his younger brother will be attending this fall. Mays’ father, also a former Tennessee offensive lineman, had his pinky amputated after attending a Georgia recruiting event with his son, giving Cade Mays a cut and dry case to earn a transfer waiver. Even so, Mays is still waiting in limbo as the lengthy intra-conference transfer waiver application process unfolds.