Missouri running back Elijah Young entered the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday afternoon. A third-year junior, Young will have two years of eligibility remaining at his next program with the eligibility for a redshirt. Young never quite broke through with the Tigers, though he did play a role on the offense off the bench.
He played in eight games in the 2022 season and finished the year with 93 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards on eight catches. He saw one of his most productive games of the year come in a return to Knoxville, as he rushed three times for 21 yards and had two catches for 10 yards in a loss on the road against Tennessee.
Young ends his Missouri career having appeared in 28 games, including all 12 in the 2021 season. For his career, he has 66 rush attempts for 333 yards and one touchdown with 19 catches for 103 yards and one touchdown.
Young signed with the Tigers in 2020 out of Knoxville (Tenn.) South-Doyle High School. A four-star prospect, he ranked as the No. 8 all-purpose back and the No. 9 prospect in Tennessee. He chose Missouri over reported offers from 12 other schools, including Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
The 2022-23 cycle for the NCAA transfer portal is unlike any yet seen, with a Dec. 5-Jan. 19 window for FBS athletes. Eligible players to enter before the window include FCS players, grad transfers, and those whose head coaches were fired.
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 3,083 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2021-22 transfer cycle, sources said. That is up from 2,646 in 2021-20, 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.
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That whopping increase can 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.