Ohio State defensive back André Turrentine has entered the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports sources confirmed Monday morning. Turrentine redshirted during his lone season in Columbus, Ohio, and has four years of eligibility remaining.
Turrentine was rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 169-ranked player in the nation, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He was the ninth-ranked safety prospect. Out of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth High, he was the fourth-ranked player from Tennessee.
As a recruit, the 5-foot-11 defensive back took was down to finalists Alabama, LSU and Tennessee and had mutual interest in USC as well before committing to Ohio State.
“I had offers from every SEC school,” Turrentine told Bucknuts in December 2020. “I didn’t see myself going to Ohio State till they got in contact with me. Then I went up there and they checked off every box. I went up there in November when they played Penn State. It’s the only time I’ve been to Ohio State. I completely fell in love with it. They are top tier as far as everything they have. They had everything I wanted, and the situation as far as the players and roster was what I wanted. I’m going into a good situation.”
“I’ll go in as a safety,” Turrentine added. “I’m coming in as a free safety. If all goes according to plan then I’ll (eventually) play all over the defense. I kind of see myself as a slot corner or deep safety.”
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 an NCAA-mandated entry deadline.