Charlotte WR Grant DuBose enters NCAA transfer portal

Charlotte wide receiver Grant DuBose entered the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday, 247Sports sources confirmed. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is one of the most productive wideouts to enter the portal this year.

As a fourth-year junior during the 49ers’ 2022 season, DuBose caught 63 passes for 787 yards (12.5 average) and nine touchdowns in 12 games.

DuBose recorded three two-touchdown games — Aug. 27 at Florida Atlantic, Sept. 17 at Georgia State and Oct. 1 against UTEP.

Facing Power Five competition, DuBose caught eight passes for 73 yards and one touchdown Sept. 10 versus Maryland. Against South Carolina Sept. 24, DuBose made four catches for 60 yards.

His single-season high came Nov. 12 at Middle Tennessee, when he grabbed nine receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.

He recorded 62 receptions for 892 yards (14.4 average) and six touchdowns as a third-year sophomore on the 2021 campaign.

DuBose’s career started via Division II at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. He made eight catches for 104 yards and one touchdowns over 10 games during his freshman year in 2019.

A Montgomery, Alabama, native, DuBose originally joined the Golden Bears by way of Park Crossing High School.

DuBose leaves Charlotte after the 49ers fired Will Healy and hired Michigan assistant Biff Poggi.

“My No. 1 job is to love (the players),” Poggi said this week. “Their job is to love each other. That’s how we’re going to build our culture — through authentic relationships. We are going to start telling each other the truth all the time. We’re going to build our culture on that. When you do that you have a team and a team is simply this, it is a series of authentic relationships where the members have a common goal.”

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.

While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.

There were 2,646 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2020-21 transfer cycle, sources said. That is up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

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That increase can at least partially be credited to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes are allowed to transfer once in their careers without having to sit out a year-in-residence. That means all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet a NCAA-mandated entry deadline.

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