Around 100 FCS players transferred to the FBS for the 2020 season.
That’s triple the number of FCS-to-FBS transfers in 2019, although COVID postponing the 2020 fall FCS season was a big reason for the high number of transfers.
But notable names are still hitting the portal, looking to play their last year of eligibility in the fall of 2021 at an FBS school. We’ll track those names below and continue to update this article.
*Indicates a player is a senior and/or a grad transfer
**Udinski will grad transfer to Maryland after playing in VMI’s spring season
Name (Pos.) FCS Team FBS Team *Jack Gibbens (LB) Abilene Christian Minnesota *Branden Hohenstein (TE) Abilene Christian Illinois *Kade Parmelly (OL) Abilene Christian Duke *Kameron Hill (DL) Abilene Christian North Texas Titus Jones (DB) Alabama A&M Colorado State *Marcus Cushnie (DL) Alabama A&M Florida State Michael Jefferson (WR) Alabama State Louisiana *Qwynnterrio Cole (DB) Alcorn State Louisville *Harry Ballard (WR) Ark.-Pine Bluff Nevada *Shawn Steele (DB) Ark.-Pine Bluff South Alabama *Jeremiah Oatsvall (QB) Austin Peay Memphis TyQaze Leggs (DL) Austin Peay Marshall *DeAngelo Wilson (WR) Austin Peay Western Kentucky Elijah Culp (DB) Austin Peay Troy *Scott Boylan (WR) Brown Duke *Brandon Sanders (WR) Bucknell Rutgers *Brandon Benson (DB) Bucknell Eastern Michigan Mike Manning (DB) Butler Illinois *Ryan Boehm (DL) Cal Poly Fresno State Jalen Hamler (QB) Cal Poly San Jose State *Alex Usry (K) Ch. Southern Middle TN State Isaac Ross (WR) Ch. Southern UMass *Daviyon McDaniel (OL) Ch. Southern UNLV *Bryce Nunnelly (WR) Chattanooga Western Michigan *Barney Amor (P) Colgate Penn State *Jack Badovinac (OL) Colgate Illinois Dylan Summers (WR) Cornell Eastern Michigan *Drew Estrada (WR) Dartmouth Baylor Debo Williams (LB) Delaware South Carolina *Mark Williams (DB) Eastern Illinois Louisiana-Monroe *Jaelin Carter (WR) Eastern Kentucky Louisville B.K. Smith (WR) Eastern Kentucky Western Kentucky *Jordan Johnson (OL) Eastern Kentucky Buffalo *Elijah Taylor (DL) Eastern Kentucky Tulsa Isaiah Velez (QB) Eastern Kentucky FIU *Chris Ojoh (LB) Eastern Washington New Mexico State *Christian VanSickle (K/P) Elon Rice Moezies Telfort (LB) FAMU Maryland *Azende Rey (WR) FAMU Georgia Tech *Andrew Mevis (K) Fordham Iowa State Darren Grainger (QB) Furman Georgia State *Izaiah Gathings (WR) Gardner-Webb Middle Tennessee William Daniel (DL) Hampton Old Dominion *Eric Wilson (OL) Harvard Penn State *Spencer Rolland (OL) Harvard Penn State *Devin Darrington (RB) Harvard Virginia *Brian Foley (OL) Holy Cross Duke *Bailey Zappe (QB) Houston Baptist Western Kentucky Josh Sterns (WR) Houston Baptist Western Kentucky Jerreth Sterns (WR) Houston Baptist Western Kentucky *Ben Ratzlaff (WR) Houston Baptist Western Kentucky Reynard Burnett Jr. (OL) Houston Baptist FIU Tra Fluellen (DB) Houston Baptist Middle TN State *Dedrick Parson (RB) Howard Hawaii *Kainoa Fuiava (DL) Idaho State Western Michigan *Charles Woods (DB) Illinois State West Virginia *Trenton Hatfield (DB) Illinois State Ball State *John Ridgeway (DL) Illinois State Arkansas Jaylon Jimmerson (DB) Incarnate Word Liberty Brady Rogers (WR) Incarnate Word Texas State *Brian Mitchell (DL) Jackson State Kent State *Rashaad Jenkins (DB) Jackson State Eastern Michigan *Daylen Baldwin (WR) Jackson State Michigan Rasheed Lyles (DL) Jackson State Louisiana Tech *Zack Woodard (LB) Jacksonville State Louisiana Monroe *Trae Barry (TE) Jacksonville State Boston College *Jacquez Payton (DB) Jacksonville State Louisiana Tech *Jawon Hamilton (RB) James Madison Eastern Michigan *Bryson Armstrong (LB) Kennesaw State UCF Mark Langston (LS) Kennesaw State Georgia Southern *Cincere Mason (DB) Kennesaw State Kansas State Ryan O’Hara (P/K) Lafayette UNLV *Chris Fournier (OL) Lehigh Louisiana Tech *Liam Dobson (OL) Maine Texas State *Deshawn Stevens (LB) Maine West Virginia Ridge Texada (DB) McNeese North Texas *Cyron Sutton (WR) McNeese Tulane *Cory McCoy (DB) McNeese Marshall *Darion Dunn (CB) McNeese Texas Colby Burton (DB) McNeese Hawaii Steven Peterson (WR) Mercer Georgia Trevon McClain (DL) MS Valley State UAB *Jeremy Webb (DB) Missouri State Kansas *Samori Toure (WR) Montana Nebraska *Connor Wood (OL) Montana State Missouri Sylvester Mathis (DL) Morehead State Temple Tavion Grant (DB) Morehead State Louisiana-Monroe Xavier Gravette (TE) Morgan State Coastal Carolina *Donte Small (DB) Morgan State App State *Anthony Koclanakis (LB) Murray State Colorado State Marvin Pierre (LB) Murray State Kent State Pig Cage (DB) Nicholls LSU *Kenneth Kirby (OL) Norfolk State Georgia Tech Brodric Martin (DL) North Alabama Western Kentucky Jabril Muhammad (DB) NC A&T FIU Devontez Walker (WR) NC Central Kent State Kyle Hergel (OL) North Dakota Texas State *Derek Paulson (TE) North Dakota Miami (OH) *Josh Hayes (DB) North Dakota State Virginia *Adam Cofield (RB) North Dakota State Western Kentucky Chancellor Brewington (WR) Northern Arizona Nebraska *Chris Kolarevic (LB) Northern Iowa Nebraska *Xavior Williams (DB) Northern Iowa Iowa *Levar Gumms (WR) Northwestern State Central Michigan Davis Koetter (WR) Portland State Boise State *Storey Jackson (LB) Prairie View A&M Liberty *Reggie Stubblefield (DB) Prairie View A&M Kansas State *Demarcus Robinson (DB) Prairie View A&M FIU *Luke Foster (OL) Presbyterian Temple *Colby Campbell (LB) Presbyterian Duke *Keith Pearson (WR) Presbyterian Charlotte Jeffrey Smyth (LB) Presbyterian Georgia Southern Jared Heywood (QB) Rhode Island UNLV Wistar Allen (LB) Richmond East Carolina Malik Mustapha (DB) Richmond Wake Forest DeJuan Dandridge (DB) Robert Morris Temple *Daron Bland (DB) Sac State Fresno State Tyrese Chambers (WR) Sacred Heart FIU Kevin Dunn (WR) Sacred Heart UConn Jourdan Powell (DB) Sacred Heart UMass Jack Kristofek (QB) Sam Houston Mississippi State *John Staton IV (LB) Samford Georgia *Mitchell Fineran (K) Samford Purdue *Bydarrius Knighten (DB) SEMO Auburn *Ja’Chai Baker (OL) SEMO South Alabama *Bryant Pirtle (LB) SEMO East Carolina Nate Valcarcel (DB) South Dakota Northern Illinois Torren Union (DB) South Dakota State New Mexico State *Jonathan Thompson (DB) Southern Illinois Boston College *EJ Jenkins (WR) St. Francis South Carolina *Casey Coll (TE) St. Francis Ball State Cody Nawrot (OL) St. Francis Eastern Michigan *Jason Brown (QB) St. Francis South Carolina Dorian Jackson (DB) St. Francis Western Michigan James Tunstall (OL) Stony Brook Cincinnati *Sean-Thomas Faulkner (LB) The Citadel North Texas Eric Bernstein (K) Towson Rutgers Rush Lansdell (LB) UT Martin Memphis Jeremy Horton (WR) UT Martin Georgia Southern *Aries Davis (OL) UT Martin Louisiana-Monroe Davin Dyal (TE) UT Martin Memphis *Jaquan Amos (DB) Villanova Iowa State **Reece Udinski (QB) VMI Maryland *Jordan Ward (DL) VMI Ball State *Gunner Daniel (LS) Wagner Boston College Ryan Yost (QB) Wagner Northern Illinois *Nolan Quinlan (TE) Wagner Louisiana-Monroe *Jake Constantine (QB) Weber State Rice Isaiah Helms (OL) Western Carolina App State *Ryan Glover (QB) Western Carolina Cal *Clint Ratkovich (RB) Western Illinois Northern Illinois Austin Hopp (OL) Western Illinois Hawaii *Miles Hayes (DB) William & Mary Nevada Latrelle Smith (DB) William & Mary Ball State *Alan Lamar (RB) Yale Arkansas State *Miles Joiner (TE) Youngstown Northern Illinois Braxton Chapman (RB) Youngstown Northern Illinois *Antoine Cook (DL) Youngstown Kent State