Do you want to hear the good news or the good news first? Good choice, we’ll start with the good news.
Kentucky has the fewest number of players in the 2021 transfer portal among all 14 programs in the Southeastern Conference, with just five Wildcats exploring their transfer options. That number tops the likes of Alabama (6), Ole Miss (8), and Florida (8), among others.
Ready for the other piece of good (and quite funny) news? Tennessee leads the way in total transfers with an absurd 25 players in the portal, five times the number of Kentucky’s turnover. In fact, you’d have to combine the total transfers of Kentucky (5), Alabama (6), Ole Miss (8) and Florida (8) to surpass Tennessee’s 25 departures (27 combined).
The numbers were found in 247Sports’ official Transfer Portal feature, with Saturday Down South creating the following graphic highlighting the results:
Kentucky’s five departures include quarterback Terry Wilson, walk-on quarterback Johnathan Mosley, tight end Nikolas Ognenovic, wide receiver Akeem Hayes and cornerback MJ Devonshire. Wide receiver Kalil Branham also left the program this offseason, but he never officially entered the transfer portal. Subtract Mosley’s status as a walk-on and add Branham’s departure – even considering his unknown football future – and Kentucky’s number still remains at five.
Tennessee’s list of departures is simply absurd:
- Jarrett Guarantano (Washington State)
- J.T. Shrout (Colorado)
- Kasim Hill (Rhode Island)
- Eric Gray (Oklahoma)
- Ty Chandler (North Carolina)
- Jordan Allen (Weber State)
- Jackson Lowe (Jacksonville State)
- Brandon Johnson (UCF)
- Isaiah Montgomery (walk-on) (Jacksonville State)
- Wanya Morris (Oklahoma)
- Jahmir Johnson (Texas A&M)
- Jarious Abercrombie (walk-on) (Illinois State)
- Savion Williams (FAMU)
- Ethan Rinke (South Alabama)
- Henry To’o To’o (Undecided)
- Quavaris Crouch (Undecided)
- Deandre Johnson (Miami)
- J.J. Peterson (Undecided)
- Kivon Bennett (Undecided)
- Sayeed Shah (Undecided)
- Nyles Gaddy (walk-on) (Jackson State)
- Key Lawrence (Oklahoma)
- Baylen Buchanan (Louisiana Tech)
- Brent Cimaglia (Georgia Tech)
- Joe Doyle (Memphis)
Of the school’s 25 departures, 13 were rated as four-star prospects out of high school according to the 247Sports Composite.