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Texas A&M transfer Kellen Diesch lands at Arizona State

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The Arizona State football roster is the latest to benefit from a player coming in from a Power Five program.

In early December, Kellen Diesch entered the NCAA transfer database, the first step in a move away from Texas A&M. A month later, Diesch has taken the next step as 247Sports.com has reported that the offensive lineman will transfer to the Arizona State football team.

In fact, the website notes that Diesch is in Tempe and already enrolled in school at ASU.

As a graduate transfer, Diesch will be eligible to play for the Sun Devils immediately in 2020. The upcoming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.

A four-star member of A&M’s 2016 recruiting class, Diesch was rated as the No. 11 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 17 player regardless of position in the state of Texas. The only signee in the Aggies’ class that year rated higher was strongside defensive end Justin Madubuike.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Diesch has played in 21 games the past three years. A dozen of those appearances came this past season.

Despite the recruiting pedigree, the 6-6, 298-pound lineman didn’t start a game for the Aggies.

Transfer leaves Texas A&M with just one scholarship RB on the roster

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Suffice to say, backfield depth isn’t a strength of the Texas A&M football team at the moment.

For unspecified reasons, Cordarrian Richardson was unavailable to play in A&M’s bowl game this season.  A month later, it has been confirmed by a Texas A&M football official that the running back is now listed in the NCAA transfer database.

Matt Zenitz of al.com was the first to report the move.

This will actually be Richardson’s second move as the back transferred to A&M from UCF in the early part of 2018.  He sat out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  This past season, Richardson’s 232 yards and four rushing touchdowns were third on the Texas A&M football team.  Those numbers were second among Aggie backs.

Richardson was a four-star member of the Knights’ 2017 recruiting class.  The 247Sports.com composite rated him as the No. 9 back in the country and the No. 8 player regardless of position in the state of Tennessee.

At this point, it’s unclear if Richardson will have to sit out the 2020 season.  If he does, he would then have one year of eligibility to use in 2021.  He could also play two seasons at the FCS level.

If Richardson follows through on a transfer, it would leave A&M with just one scholarship running back.

In September, Jashaun Corbin went down with a season-ending hamstring injury; last month, the back entered the NCAA transfer database. The same month as Corbin’s injury, a neck injury ended the playing career of Vernon Jackson.  Then, again in September, Deneric Prince took the plunge into the transfer portal.

All of that upheaval leaves Isaiah Spiller in the running back room.  Spiller’s 946 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns led the Texas A&M football team this season.

As noted by the Houston Chronicle, “[head] coach Jimbo Fisher shifted backup quarterback Connor Blumrick to running back late in the season as a stop-gap measure.” Wide receiver Ainias Smith moved to the backfield in the Texas Bowl win over Oklahoma State as well.  Smith rushed for 54 yards on seven carries in the game.

Pair of Texas A&M transfers, one from Oklahoma State move on to Tulsa

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Courtesy of both the Oklahoma State and Texas A&M football teams, Tulsa has seen a Power Five infusion of talent.

Monday, Tulsa announced the additions of seven newcomers to its roster. Two are former Texas A&M football players — linebacker Brian Johnson and running back Deneric Prince — while one is from Oklahoma State — tight end Grayson Boomer.

All three of those transfers will have to sit out the 2020 season to satisfy NCAA bylaws. Johnson and Prince will have two years of eligibility remaining, Boomer three.

Prince was a three-star 2018 signee. As a true freshman, he recorded a pair of carries for 21 yards. Both of those totes came in the 2018 opener against FCS Northwestern State.

Prior to entering the NCAA transfer database in mid-September, Prince hadn’t recorded a carry this past season.

Johnson was also a three-star 208 signee. After playing in 13 games as a true freshman — primarily on special teams — he played in four in 2019.

Johnson and Prince attended the same high school in Manvel, Tex.

A four-star 2019 signee, Boomer missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL. Obviously, he took a redshirt for his first season in Stillwater.

Boomer entered the transfer database in early December of last year.

Former Texas A&M, Arkansas QB Nick Starkel headed to SJSU

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It’s been an interesting weekend in the transfer portal. We’ve seen one player move to the team he taunted in an upset. Now we’ve seen another who wound up helping his new team quite a bit in an upset over his old one.

In a pair of social media posts on Saturday, recent Arkansas quarterback Nick Starkel confirmed he would be transferring to San Jose State for the 2020 season. If that name and team sounds familiar it’s because, well, he wound up throwing five interceptions to the Spartans in a stunning Razorbacks loss last year.

Starkel began his career at Texas A&M but made the intra-SEC move last March to Fayetteville. The hiring of Sam Pittman as the Hogs new coach appeared to hasten a second transfer in as many years.

The redshirt junior should have one final season left of eligibility and arrives as a potential replacement at SJSU for Josh Love, who was named MWC Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. Starkel threw for team highs in yards, touchdowns and interceptions at Arkansas in 2019 over eight appearances and five starts.

Texas A&M cornerbacks coach taking role on Dallas Cowboys staff

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The coaching carousel never stops and especially not so at this time of year as the NFL season winds down and assistants bounce between the pro and college game.

It looks like one such move will happen in the coming days and the great state of Texas as reports surfaced Sunday morning that Texas A&M cornerbacks coach Maurice Linguist is set to head up the highway and join Mike McCarthy’s new staff with the Dallas Cowboys.

The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and confirmed by a number of other outlets.

Linguist is a DFW native who played defensive back at Baylor so a role with America’s Team had to be quite the opportunity he couldn’t pass up. He has not coached in the NFL but does have 13 years of experience in college between stops at A&M, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Iowa State and others.

The departure is certainly a blow for the Aggies given Linguist’s reputation for developing talent and recruiting. It also leaves Jimbo Fisher with two staff openings in College Station ahead of the late signing period after tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley left for Ole Miss.