Portal palooza: Sun Belt program only signs transfers, no high school recruits
The creation of the NCAA transfer portal has drastically changed how some programs and some coaches recruit on a yearly basis. And while most are still looking to land the biggest high school stars, one college football team has taken an entirely different approach.
By the time National Signing Day came to an end on Wednesday, Texas State had a unique recruiting class. All 11 members of the 2021 class were transfer players and there we no high school recruits committed to the program.
Head coach Jake Spavital told reporters that all 11 players picked up via tranfer will be available to participate in the team’s spring practices, which begin March 2.
.@38Godfrey brought this up on a recent @SplitZoneDuo. If you were recruiting so that you could have an up year and then get another job, without worrying about what your current program is left with when you leave … this is exactly how you would do that https://t.co/DHo7TLCtm1
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) February 4, 2021
According to Keff Ciardello of the Austin American-Statesman, Spavital said Texas State could add high school prospects when on-campus visits are allowed again by the NCAA. While Wednesday is officially National Signing Day, class of 2021 recruits have until Aug. 1 to sign. At this point, though, the vast majority of recruits have already signed, leaving coaches like Spavital a limited number of available prospects.
The uniqueness of the 2020 season and the 2021 recruiting cycle probably played a big role in Texas State’s decision to focus on adding through the portal. When visits are allowed to happen again, perhaps Spavital will primarily focus on high school prospects.
Then again, if this strategy works out for Texas State, maybe it will continue to poach from the portal and only add a few high school prospects each year.