Top-200 recruit for 2021 leaving Bears after two seasons

Cal tight end Jermaine Terry took to Twitter Thursday and announced that he would enter the NCAA transfer portal. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound pass catcher will have two years of eligibility remaining with the potential for a redshirt at his next destination. A former four-star prospect, Terry played in 19 total games with the Bears.

“First I would like to thank God for the opportunities and abilities he’s blessed me with,” Terry wrote in his announcement. “I want to thank my family and support system for all they’ve done for me these last 2 years at Cal. I would like to thank Cal’s academic staff for the tremendous help they’ve given me academically. Lastly I would like to thank Coach (Justin) Wilcox and the entire Cal coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at such a great university and place.

“Playing at Cal and repping Richmond, Ca. was one of the best experiences I’ve had. With that being said I feel as if it is in the best interest of myself to enter the transfer portal. There is still much work to be done. All Glory To God.”

Despite starting in 12 games, Terry was never able to breakout offensively. In his two years with the program, he managed eight catches for 52 yards. He had a career-best performance in 2022 against Colorado, hauling in two receptions for 22 yards.

Terry signed with Cal in 2021 out of Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy. A four-star prospect in the Top247, he ranked as the No. 166 player nationally, No. 5 tight end and No. 13 prospect in California. He signed with Cal over reported offers from 24 other programs, including Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Oklahoma.

“A matchup nightmare, impossible for DB’s to cover with his size and too athletic and strong for linebackers to cover,” his 247Sports evaluation reads. “Has tremendous hands, and his quickness off the line lends to his difficulty to cover. Has great catch radius and body control. Continuing to improve as a blocker. Projects as immediate Power 5 contributor and projects as second-day NFL draft pick.”

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.

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