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FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 27:  Chris Johnson #13 of the Baylor Bears throws against the TCU Horned Frogs in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Baylor’s Chris Johnson reportedly transferring to Houston

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Baylor Attrition Day” here at CFT continues, although this one has nothing to do with a 2016 signee.

According to a report from Rivals.com affiliate SicEmSports, Chris Johnson has decided to leave Baylor and transfer into the Houston football program.  The same website is reporting that the Bears gave the erstwhile quarterback a release from his scholarship.

Johnson will be graduating from BU this summer, thus making himself immediately eligible to play for the Cougars in 2016.  Not only that, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Thanks to a rash of injuries at the position, Johnson started two games for the Bears at quarterback in 2015 before he too sustained an injury. He returned to start BU’s bowl win over North Carolina, but changed positions this spring and was listed as a wide receiver/tight end on his official BU profile. At least in the beginning, he’s expected to continue in a receiving role with the Cougars.

Transferring Tulsa DB J.R. Reed making Georgia his new home

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Earlier this week, thanks to another off-field incident, Georgia lost a defensive back. A couple of days later, UGA has reportedly gained a player in the same position group.

While nothing has been confirmed, Dawgs247.com is reporting that safety J.R. Reed has decided to transfer into first-year head coach Kirby Smart‘s program. Reed comes to Athens by way of Tulsa, where he spent his true freshman season in 2015.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, it’s expected Reed will have to sit out the 2016 season. He would then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

Reed was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Plano, Texas. He played in 13 games last season, and was listed as the co-starter on Tulsa’s depth chart exiting the spring this year.

Reed is also the cousin of Deangelo Gibbs, the No. 2 recruit in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2017 who has the Bulldogs as a potential future home.

Tulane loses one RB to dismissal, another to the reopening of his recruitment

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This past week hasn’t been kind to the backfield depth at Tulane.

Citing an unnamed source, the Baton Rouge Advocate has reported that Nigel Anderson has been dismissed by new head coach Willie Fritz. “Unspecified reasons” was the only trigger for the booting mentioned.

Just two members of the Green Wave’s 2015 recruiting class were rated higher than Anderson. However, an NCAA Clearinghouse issue delayed his start with the program and the back ultimately took a redshirt his true freshman season.

Anderson had also been held out of spring practice, but the Advocate wrote that he “was expected to return in the fall.”

In addition to Anderson’s forced departure, a 2016 signee has decided, apparently of his own volition, to leave as well.

According to the same newspaper, A.J. Walker has decided to reopen his recruitment after signing with the Green Wave in February. No reason was given for the three-star recruit’s abrupt change of heart.

Southern Miss the landing spot for Louisville grad transfer Devontre Parnell

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Louisville’s secondary loss will turn into Southern Miss’ gain.

Devontre Parnell has confirmed to both the Sun Herald and Hattiesburg American that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Southern Miss. Parnell decided earlier this offseason to transfer from Louisville.

The cornerback, who cited the presence of former Cardinals assistant Derek Nicholson on the Eagles’ staff as a factor in his decision, confirmed that he chose Southern Miss over Appalachian State, Louisiana Tech and SMU.

“My plan is to get there in the summer, get adjusted to the team,” Parnell told the American. “I’ll try to get acclimated and compete for the starting job. I’m a competitor so I definitely want to compete for a starting job. My job is to come in and start right away.”

Parnell will be able to compete for a job immediately because of his status as a grad transfer, and he appears relatively high on his odds of doing that.

Shoulder injuries cost Parnell the entire 2013 and 2015 seasons. Sandwiched in between those two injury-plagued years was a 2014 season in which he appeared in three games.

Parnell was healthy enough to fully participate in spring practice this year for the Cardinals.

Pair of transferring ‘Bama DBs could be headed for the Sunshine State

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On the move from Alabama, a pair of former (maybe, in one case) Tide defensive backs could remain in the South to continue their collegiate playing careers.

Earlier this week, al.com reported that senior Maurice Smith (pictured, No. 21) has decided to leave ‘Bama and move on as a graduate transfer. In a subsequent interview with SBNation.com, Smith said he is “highly considering” a transfer to Miami. From the State of the U website:

According to our conversation, Smith loved the outlook of Coach Richt, and already has a relationship with Diaz, from his days at Texas. He felt that Miami was on the “come up”.

However, in a statement attributed to the Smith family, a return to Tuscaloosa is not out of the question. “[Smith] has chosen to entertain options for his senior season of college football… [having] positioned him[self] with the option to either complete his college football career at Alabama, or exercise his graduate-transfer option to play his true Senior season at another institution.”

Oregon, Oregon State and Wisconsin have also reportedly been in play for the defensive back.

One of Smith’s former Tide teammates, Shawn Burgess-Becker, had announced earlier this month his decision to transfer from the school. According to a report from al.com, there’s a “98-percent” chance Burgess-Becker transfers to UCF. The same source added that “[o]ne of the only things that could lead to Burgess-Becker going somewhere other than Central Florida is a scholarship offer from Miami.”

A final, public decision from the rising sophomore is expected to come no later than Friday.

A four-star member of the Tide’s 2015 recruiting class, Burgess-Becker was rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 10 athlete in the country; the No. 24 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 166 prospect overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.

As a true freshman, Burgess-Becker played in 13 games, mainly on special teams. He was credited with three tackles.

Also a four-star recruit, albeit in the Class of 2013, Smith was rated as the No. 9 corner in the country and the No. 84 prospect overall. All told, Smith played in 41 games for the Tide. He started a pair of those contests.

Smith will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer. Burgess-Baker will be forced to sit out the 2016 season, then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.