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Colorado State’s highest-rated signee in Class of 2019 dips toes into transfer portal

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As Colorado State is the latest to attest, there’s a case of highest-rated-itis going around the football transfer portal.

But first, the specifics.  According to 247Sports.com, Brandon Crossley has entered the NCAA transfer database.  Why the defensive back has taken the first step in potentially leaving the Colorado State football team is unclear.

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.

Crossley was a three-star member of the Colorado State football Class of 2019 coming out of high school in Texas.  In fact, he was the highest-rated signee for the Rams in that cycle.

Now, back to the lede.  The past few days, both Duke (HERE) and Houston (HERE) have lost their highest-rated signees for the Class of 2018.  So, there’s that.

Now, back to Crossley.

In his lone season at CSU, Crossley played in every game for the Rams.  His presumptive last appearance was the first start of his career, in the season finale against Boise State.

Colorado State, as you may recall, will be under new leadership this fall as Steve Addazio was hired in December as the program’s new head football coach. Addazio replaces Mike Bobo, who was fired earlier that month.

Report: South Carolina to hire ex-NC State aide Des Kitchings

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Des Kitchings is set to join the South Carolina football staff, according to a report Thursday from Gamecock Central.

Kitchings spent the past eight years at NC State, primarily coaching running backs, though he spent 2019 as the Wolfpack’s co-offensive coordinator. He became the odd man out in Dave Doeren‘s game of musical chairs upon the hiring of Tim Beck as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Will Muschamp will now play his own game of musical chairs on his offensive staff. He hired ex-Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo to coordinate the offense and coach the quarterbacks, which will cause Bobby Bentley to move elsewhere. Bryan McClendon coordinated the offense and coached wide receivers last year, but he’s off to Oregon with Bobo now running the offense.

With Kitchings on staff to coach running backs, per the report, Bentley could move back to tight ends and Joe Cox, who joined Bobo from Colorado State and was hired to coach tight ends, could shift to wide receivers, the position he coached in Fort Collins.

A South Carolina hiring is a homecoming for Kitchings, who grew up in the Palmetto State and is a member of the Furman athletics hall of fame.