Although people are very quick to write off a small school player, they sometimes forget to think about where the player was before the small school. A great example of that is North Alabama, this year alone. North Alabama is a roster that is filled up with guys that came from other schools. When Terry Bowden went to North Alabama in 2009 tons of players followed him. Yes, maybe some had issues with grades or run ins with the law, but Bowden helped build the roster up with solid players, coming in from NC State, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.
What people tend to realize is that when a player has a run-in with the law or is dismissed from a school for grades, they can still transfer to another school. Yes, a player can transfer to a Division 1 school, but that player would have to sit out the entire upcoming season, but if a player transferred to a school such as an FCS school, he could immediately begin playing with that team.
So here is a list of players that transferred to small schools, after something caused them to leave whether it had been grades, run in’s with the law or anything else.
BJ Coleman – QB – Tennessee Chattanooga – BJ was a transfer from the University of Tennessee
Aaron Corp – QB – Richmond – Aaron was a transfer from the University of Southern California
Bo Levi Mitchell – QB – Eastern Washington – Bo was a transfer from Southern Methodist University
Jewel Hampton – RB – Southern Illinois – Jewel was a transfer from Iowa University
Travaris Cadet – RB – Appalachian State – Even though Travaris didn’t play with Toledo he did initially sign his letter of intent to play there.
Kavario Middleton - TE – Montana – Kavario was dismissed from the University of Washington
Jared Green – WR – Southern – Was a transfer from the University of Virginia
Rishaw Johnson – OG - California (PA) – A former standout at Ole Miss
Gino Gradkowski – OC – Delaware – A former West Virginia transfer
Daron Rose - OT - North Alabama – A transfer from Florida State
Adrian Hamilton – DE – PVAMU – Signed his LOI to play at Oklahoma State and walked on to Texas Tech.
Matt Singletary - DE - Cal Poly – Was a former Baylor Bear, before leaving for Cal Poly
Ronnie Cameron - DT - Old Dominion – Ronnie was a transfer from Hofstra
Myles Wade – DT – Portland State – Was a former Texas Tech Red Raider
Charles Deas – NT – Shaw – Signed his LOI to play at LSU
Marcus Dowtin - ILB - North Alabama – Transfer from Georgia
Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama – Transfer from Florida
Michah Pellerin - CB – Hampton – Transfer from Southern Mississippi
Janzen Jackson – S – McNeese State – Transfer from the University of Tennessee
Christian Thompson - S - South Carolina St – Transfer from Auburn
Dominique Ellis - S - South Carolina St – Transfer from North Carolina State