Middle Tennessee State was the landing spot for a Power Five football transfer earlier this month. Now, the Conference USA school is on the wrong end of the portal.
Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.
As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.
NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.
Johnson began his collegiate career at Reedley College in 2018. As a true freshman, he was named as the Golden Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. That year, the California native threw for 2,832 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also ran for another 797 yards and 14 scores.
In the 2019 recruiting cycle, Johnson was a three-star prospect. On the 247Sports.com composite, Johnson was rated as the No. 4 dual-threat junior-college quarterback.
In his only season with the Blue Raiders, Johnson played in one game. In that lone appearance, Johnson ran for three yards on a pair of carries. He didn’t attempt a pass.
May 18, Kenneth Major committed to MTSU. The cornerback was a starter at Purdue. He’ll be eligible to play for the Blue Raiders in 2020.
Middle Tennessee State is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign. That was the program’s worst record since going 2-10 in 2011. MTSU also saw its school-record streak of bowl appearances end at four in a row.