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Transfer Portal Diamonds: Five Small Schoolers who Transferred to FBS Schools to Watch

Transfer Portal Diamonds: Five Small Schoolers who Transferred to FBS Schools to Watch
Transfer Portal Diamonds: Five Small Schoolers who Transferred to FBS Schools to Watch

We love the Transfer Portal, and while many FBS teams are struggling to find talent, they sometimes overlook small school football players because they were not already at a major program. Football recruiters need to wake up though because there are small schoolers who transferred up to the FBS level that are really solid prospects.

We are going to break down five small schoolers to keep an eye on that landed at a bigger school after dominating at the FCS or lower levels. Let’s have fun at discovering some Transfer Portal Diamonds.
  1. Kyle Morlock, TE, From Shorter University to Florida State – The former wide receiver did not receive much interest from D1 programs coming out of high school, but after his transition to tight end his stock went up big time. The 6’6, 250 pound tight end had offers from several top programs but decided to go to Florida State. Last year he brought in 30 receptions for 446 yards and 6 touchdowns. He is a player to keep an eye on at FSU!
  2. Zy Alexander, CB, SE Louisiana to LSU – LSU just landed a stud cornerback with great length and big play ability. Alexander was a first team All-Southland Conference player and stands at 6’3. He has great ball skills, can play on an island and is not afraid to tackle. He has nine interceptions over the past two seasons . With LSU playing man coverage, I would expect Zy Alexander to eat early and often for the Tigers.
  3. Shedeur Sanders, QB, Jackson State to Colorado – I mean we all know why Shedeur left Jackson State, but he was a top FCS prospect last year and could have easily come out in the NFL Draft. Sanders the son of NFL legend Deion will play for his Father and could boost his stock big time with a dominant performance in the FBS. Sanders has NFL size, and an NFL arm, he will be one to remember.
  4. AJ (Ajani) Cornelius, OT, Rhode Island to Oregon – Cornelius was a first team All-CAA football player from Harlem, New York. The 6’5 tackle plays with a mean streak and is a menacing player. Oregon is landing a very solid player that started every game for Rhode Island since coming in at right tackle. Oregon has to protect Bo Nix, and this is a solid addition for them. The kid is very solid!
  5. DeQuece Carter, WR, Fordham to Indiana – The 6’0 wide receiver had a field day last year catching passes from Tim DeMorat. Dequeze was an unranked recruit coming out of high school in Virginia that tore it up last year racking up 1,168 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns. He has one year of eligibility remaining but is a great player to watch for the Hoosiers.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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