Portal Poaching: Red Wolves Football Transfer Action for 2023

As of this writing, the Red Wolves have seen surprisingly few portal defections. Perhaps the roster finds the Jonesboro air agreeable. Or maybe the players are buying into the program Butch Jones is shaping. Whether the air or the ethos, the Transfer Portal has been used conservatively at Arkansas State.

Who Gone?

PlayerPos.247 RankingDestination
Israel WhitmoreLB0.8273 (HS)
Isaiah AzubuikeRB0.8430 (HS)
Omari WalkerWR0.8315 (HS)
Ahmad RobinsonCB0.8670 (HS)
Kyle KelleyOT0.8064 (HS)UNI
Kenneth HarrisCB0.8900 (T)Ok. State
Deris JacksonDL0.8241 (HS)
Derick BeanS0.7914 (HS)
Tristan ShorterLB0.8048 (HS)
Seydou TraoreTE0.92 (T)Colorado (since Portaled again)
Ethan MinerOL0.768 (HS)North Texas
Vershaud RichardsonLB0.839 (HS)
Justin CollinsLBNA

It’s not the first time the Red Wolves have lost its leading receiver to The Portal (see Corey Rucker), but the loss of Traore certainly stings.

Who Jones-Boogyied In

PlayerPos.247 RankingPrevious
Nathan TillmanTE0.7500 (HS)*Georgia Southern
Khmari ThompsonWR0.8500 (HS)Illinois
Noah GrantPNAMemphis
Nate Martey DL0.7956 (HS)Princeton
Davon MartinCB0.8305 (HS)Tyler J.C.
Courtney JacksonWR0.844 (HS)Syracuse
Wendell DavisLB0.8544 (HS)Northwestern
Hamilton HallOL0.8505 (HS)Ole Miss
Corey RuckerWR0.8361 (HS)S. Carolina
Jalen CunninghamDL0.885 (HS)Ole Miss
Tobias BraunOL0.8612 (HS)Ole Miss
Zac WallaceRBNAUT Martin
Jacob BayerOL0.78 (HS)Lamar
Manny StokesDB0.8123 (HS)Coastal Carolina
Gavin PotterLB0.8414 (HS)Kansas
Donte ThompsonCBNAIncarnate Word
Micah BlandDLNANorth Alabama
J.T. ShroutQB0.8696 (HS)Colorado
* Recruited as a long snapper

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Expect to see more movement in the weeks ahead, particularly incoming, where Butch Jones is attempting to stock as many offensive linemen as he can find, plus some experience in the QB room.