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Small School Transfers making an impact in April's Draft

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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