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Former four-star Clemson DB enters transfer portal

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A couple of weeks or so before kicking off summer camp, the defending national champion’s depth in the secondary has taken a bit of a hit.

Exiting spring practice, Kyler McMichael was listed as A.J. Terrell‘s back up at one of Clemson’s cornerback slots. However, as first reported by 247Sports.com, McMichael’s name is now listed in the NCAA transfer database.

It’s at this point in the program where we’re compelled to remind readers that McMichael can pull his name from the portal and remain with the Tigers, although entering is, more times than not, the first step toward a transfer. Taking a seat in the portal also affords other programs the opportunity to contact the defensive back without receiving permission from Clemson.

Should McMichael ultimately opt to leave the Tigers, it’s highly likely that he’d have to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules if he lands at another FBS program.

A four-star member of Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class, McMichael was rated as the No. 8 corner in the country; the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Georgia; and the No. 56 prospect overall on 247Sports.com’s composite board. He was the highest-rated defensive back in the Tigers’ class that year.

McMichael picked Clemson over offers from, among others, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

As a true freshman, McMichael played in 12 games. During that action, he was credited with a pair of tackles in just over 100 snaps.

One Nebraska DB cited for weed, another for driving under suspension following traffic stop

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One of these days, every single state in the Union — along with the federal government — will fall in line and come to their senses when it comes to weed.  Until then, we’ll continue bringing you stories like this one.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, two Nebraska football players, safety Marquel Dismuke (pictured) and walk-on defensive back Jeramiah Stovall, were cited by Lincoln Police Department officers Friday night. Stovall was cited for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana while Dismuke received a citation for driving on a suspended license.

The twin citations came after Dismuke’s vehicle was pulled over for failing to display  a front license plate.

“We are aware of the incident and are addressing it,” a Nebraska official said in a very brief statement.

After playing in 19 games (one start) the past two years, Dismuke is a front-runner for a starting job entering summer camp. This past season, Stovall was named as NU’s Special Teams Player of the Year.

Kentucky confirms addition of Troy transfer QB Sawyer Smith

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It’s now officially official.

In late April, Sawyer Smith took his first step in moving on from Troy by announcing on social media that he had placed his name into the NCAA transfer database.  Two weeks later, the quarterback used social media to reveal that his next stop at the collegiate level would be at Kentucky.

Monday, Smith’s expected new home confirmed the player’s addition to the roster.

”We’re excited to have Sawyer join our program,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said in a statement. “It’s great to add a quarterback with his experience and success. He helped lead Troy to an outstanding season last year and we’re glad to have him here.”

As Smith comes to the Wildcats as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to compete for a starting job immediately.  Additionally, he’ll have another season of eligibility he could use in 2020.

Smith played in 13 games this past season, including starts in the last seven.  In those appearances, the Florida native completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns to go along with six interceptions. He also rushed for 191 yards and another touchdown.

Terry Wilson started all 13 games for the Wildcats in a 2018 season that saw UK reach double digits in wins for the first time since Jimmy Carter was sitting in the Oval Office. Wilson, though, was 10th in the SEC and 63rd nationally with a 133.9 pass efficiency rating.

For what it’s worth, Smith’s 139 rating was fifth in the Sun Belt Conference and 47th in the country.

Arizona transfer Isaiah Hayes officially added to Louisville’s roster

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It’s now officially official.

Back in April, following an official visit to Louisville, it was reported that Arizona transfer Isaiah Hayes was likely headed to the ACC school.  Three months later, and while there has been no official announcement from the football program, Hayes is now listed on the team’s official online roster, although he hasn’t yet been assigned a number.

CardChronicle.com, we believe, was the first to notice and note Hayes’ addition to the roster.

As Hayes comes to the Bluegrass State from the desert as a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2019.  In addition to this season, the safety has a year of eligibility he can use in 2020 as well.

Hayes started seven games as a true freshman for the Wildcats in 2016, then missed all of the 2017 season because of injury.  This past season, the California native played in just five games.

Second 2019 three-star CB signee in a week leaves USC

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For the second time this month, USC has seen a member of its 2019 recruiting class leave the program — and they play the same position, for good measure.

The day after the Fourth of July, Jaylen Watson announced on social media that, because of academic complications, he would not be playing for the Trojans in 2019 and has instead reopened his recruitment.  Earlier this week, 247Sports.com reported Trey Davis has entered the NCAA transfer database and intends to leave the football program.

Davis had just enrolled in classes at USC last month.  There was no explanation given for a departure that comes less than a month before summer camp kicks off.

Both of the departees, incidentally, are cornerbacks.

Coming out of high school in Federal Way, Wash., Davis was rated as a three-star prospect.  He was also the No. 10 player at any position in his home state.

The good news for the Trojans is that there were two higher-rated corners as part of this year’s class, including four-star California high schooler Max Williams.