This page will track which Liberty players enter the transfer portal and which players in the portal decide to transfer to the Flames. It will be updated for each addition to either category.
TRANSFERRING TO LIBERTY
5/18: RB Billy Lucas (Duquesne)
The 6’0″, 205 pound Lucas has received offers from Liberty, Eastern Michigan, and several FCS schools since entering the portal. He has two years of eligibility remaining. In his three seasons at Duquesne, Lucas rushed for 1,788 yards and 13 touchdowns including 792 yards and 5 scores in 2022. He also had 12 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown in 2022. Lucas was twice an all-conference member and was named conference rookie of the year following his freshman campaign.
5/17: WR Elijah Smoot (UT Martin)
Smoot has one year of eligibility remaining after beginning his career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to UT Martin. The 6’1″, 180 Smoot is originally from Beggs, Oklahoma. Since entering the portal, he has picked up offers from South Florida, Kent State, Ball State, Texas State, BYU, Western Kentucky, Toledo, UConn, and East Carolina.
5/17: RB Victor Venn (Colorado)
Venn is a 5’10”, 175 pound running back who spent this past season at Colorado. He has four years of eligibility remaining and did not record any stats for the Buffaloes this past season as he redshirted. Since entering the portal, Venn has received offers from Liberty, Memphis, Georgia State, and others.
5/16: DL Amari Williams (JUCO)
Williams began his career at Boise State where he redshirted in 2020 and did not play in 2021. He then went the JUCO route, playing for Fullerton College. In 2022, Williams recorded 9 tackles and 2 sacks in 8 games played. The 6’2″, 285 pound defensive lineman has three years of eligibility remaining. He has picked up an offer from FIU (also took a visit there) and several FCS schools.
5/9: OL Jack Tucker (Texas Tech)
Tucker has three years of eligibility remaining after spending the past two seasons at Texas Tech. He redshirted in 2021 and has not played for the Red Raiders. Since entering the portal, the 6’7″, 300 pound Tucker has picked up offers from Liberty, Ball State, Kent State, Utah State, Texas State, and others. Originally from Argyle High School and Argyle, Texas, Tucker was rated by 247 Sports as the No. 76 tackle in the nation and the No. 106 player in Texas for the 2021 recruiting class. His offer list out of high school included Texas Tech, Baylor, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Cal, Illinois, USC, Washington State, Purdue, and Houston among others.
5/7: CB Joshua Wiggins (Colorado)
Wiggins has four years of eligibility remaining after redshirting at Colorado this past season. He played in 4 games during the 2022 season, recording two tackles. Wiggins is originally from Texas where he played at Klein Oak High School. He was a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 957 overall recruit in the 2022 cycle. Wiggins has offers from Western Kentucky, Akron, Jackson State, and others. He has already taken an official visit to Louisiana Tech.
5/1: LB Chike Nwankwo (Abilene Christian)
The 6’2″, 230 pound Nwankwo began his collegiate career at Rutgers. After redshirting in 2018, he played in eight games for Rutgers in 2019. Nwankwo then transferred to Abilene Christian where he has played in 27 games over the past three seasons. This past year, Nwankwo played in 11 games and finished with 43 tackles and 4 tackles for loss. He has one season of eligibility remaining and is expected to take an official visit to Liberty this weekend.
5/1: DE Bryson Jennings (North Carolina)
Nephew of Liberty great Rashad Jennings, Bryson Jennings, has committed to Liberty. He will play the new Joker position, a hybrid defensive end-linebacker for the Flames. He has four seasons of eligibility remaining after redshirting this past year at UNC. Jennings was a three-star prospect out of high school, ranked as the nation’s No. 26 edge and No. 13 player in Virginia in the 247Sports Composite and also ranked as a four-star according to Rivals.
4/30: WR Victor Jones, Jr. (Nebraska)
A 6’1″, 195 pound receiver, Jones did not play during the 2022 season, his first at Nebraska, as he redshirted. He has four years of eligibility remaining. Out of Orlando, Jones starred for Olympia High School. He had 53 catches for 847 yards and 7 touchdowns as a senior while also averaging 30.3 yards per return on kickoffs. He was a three-star recruit out of high school and ranked as a top 75 receiver by Rivals. In addition to Nebraska, he also had offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and others out of high school. He made 2 catches for 10 yards in the Nebraska spring game under new head coach Matt Rhule.
4/30: DL Grey Carroll (Georgia Tech)
Carroll, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining has not accumulated any stats during his time at Georgia Tech despite playing in seven games this past season. His first year in Atlanta, Carroll redshirted and did not make an appearance during 2021 as he was sidelined with a serious leg injury. The redshirt-sophomore got into seven games in 2022, mainly on special teams. He played seven snaps on defense and one as a fullback on offense against Western Carolina.
4/28: OL Xavior Gray (Akron)
Gray is a 6’9″, 330 pound offensive lineman. He has offers from Virginia, Houston, Appalachian State, New Mexico, Georgia State, Bowling Green, Kent State, and others. Gray also took visits to Houston, Virginia, and Old Dominion. A multi-year starter at Akron, he will immediately be expected to compete for playing time for the Flames, and could push to be the team’s starting left tackle.
TRANSFERRING FROM LIBERTY
4/27/23: CB Daijahn Anthony
Update 5/3/23: Anthony has committed to Ole Miss.
Anthony has been a starter at corner for the Flames for much of the past two seasons. In 2022, he had 27 tackles and 2 interceptions.
4/23/23: DL Khristian Zachary
Update 5/4/23: Zachary has committed to Western Kentucky.
One of the highest rated recruits in program history, Zachary has been a key reserve of Liberty’s defensive line over the past two seasons. He had 10 tackles and 0.5 sack in 2022.
4/21/23: DE Stephen Sings V
Update 5/20/23: Sings has committed to Auburn.
Sings had entered the portal in December before withdrawing his name and returning to Liberty for the spring. Sings played in 11 games last season as a second string defensive end. He recorded 13 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 3 pass break ups, and was expected to be a starting defensive end for the Flames in 2023..
4/20/23: S Tim Coutras
Update: Coutras has committed to Tennessee Tech.
Sources indicate that Coutras will be entering the portal. He was Mr. Football in the state of Tennessee and fought through injuries during the end of his high school career and during his time at Liberty. This spring, Coutras worked with the first and second team at safety for the majority of practice time that was open to the media.
4/20/23: LB Kaci Seegars
Update 5/7/23: Seegars has committed to Ohio.
Seegars was originally committed to Texas A&M before switching just ahead of signing day in December 2020. He began his career as a defensive end before switching to linebacker. Seegars redshirted his first season in the program and missed last year due to injury.
4/20/23: RB Dae Dae Hunter
Dae Dae Hunter has entered the transfer portal for a second time in just a few months. He entered the portal in December before electing to return to the team for the spring as he continued to rehab from an injury suffered last season. Hunter rushed for 850 yards and 8 touchdowns in 9 games before being injured in the Arkansas game. The Flames were 8-1 with him in the lineup, his first season at Liberty after transferring from Hawaii.
4/19/23: DE Rashaud Pernell
Update: Pernell has committed to North Carolina A&T.
Pernell, a previous Virginia Tech signee, redshirted during his first year with the Flames during the 2022 season. He was working primarily with the second team defense at defensive end during much of this spring.
4/17/23: CB Deon Biggins
Biggins has been a reserve defensive back at Liberty, primarily playing on special teams.
4/17/23: WR Shedro Louis
Update 5/26: Louis has committed to Tulane
Over his time with the program, Louis accumulated 1,399 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground while also adding 36 receptions for 364 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a strong member of the special teams unit, returning two kicks for a touchdown. Louis has spent most of his career at running back before switching to wide receiver during the spring under new head coach Jamey Chadwell.
4/17/23: OL Reggie Young
Update 5/7: Young has committed to Colorado.
Young was a JUCO transfer that came to Liberty a year ago and was a depth piece for the 2022 season. He worked with the first team at left tackle most of the spring under head coach Jamey Chadwell.
4/16/23: OL Mason Bundy
A reserve offensive lineman, Bundy was not practicing with the team during the spring.
4/15/23: DL Rashad Whitehead
Update: Whitehead has committed to Gardner-Webb.
A reserve defensive lineman, Whitehead was not practicing with the team during the spring.
Transfers from the earlier open transfer portal window:
TRANSFERRING FROM LIBERTY
1/10/23: TE Teigan Martin
Update: Martin has committed to USF.
Martin redshirted at Liberty during his first season on campus in 2022.
1/3/23: S Rocket Rahimi
Update: Rahimi is not currently enrolled at SMU or any other school.
Update 1/10/23: Rahimi has committed to SMU.
Rahimi was a starter for the Flames in 2022, recording 56 tackles. He also led the team with 5 interceptions.
1/6/23: LB Mike Smith, Jr.
Update 1/10/23: Smith has committed to Baylor.
Smith had 85 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss for the Flames as a starting linebacker in 2022 after joining the program from the JUCO ranks.
12/28/22: RB Dae Dae Hunter
Update 1/9/23: Dae Dae has withdrawn his name from the portal and will return to Liberty next season.
Hunter has announced he is entering the portal. Hunter rushed for 850 yards and 8 touchdowns in 9 games before being injured in the Arkansas game. The Flames were 8-1 with him in the lineup, his first season at Liberty after transferring from Hawaii.
12/15/22: QB Sean Brown
Update 1/9/23: Brown has committed to Towson.
Brown is a redshirt-sophomore who did not play any games this season. He saw playing time in one game during his Liberty career, against Western Carolina during the 2020 season.
12/8/22: OL Will Buchanan
Update 1/7/23: Buchanan has committed to UT Chattanooga.
Buchanan played in six games on the offensive line for the Flames in 2022.
12/19/22: CB Chris Megginson
Update 1/7/23: Megginson has committed to SMU
Megginson has been a starter at corner for the Flames the past couple of seasons. The Heritage High School product is a grad transfer.
Update: Norwood has withdrawn from the portal and will remain at Liberty.
A true freshman from Colorado, Norwood played in just three games for the Flames this season after recovering from an early injury. He did not record any stats.
1/2/23: K Jason Stricker
Kicker Jason Stricker has announced he will be entering the transfer portal. He handled the Flames’ kickoff duties during 2022.
12/14/22: DE Stephen Sings V
Update: Signs has withdrawn his name from the portal and will stay at Liberty
Sings played in 11 games this season as a second string defensive end. He recorded 13 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 3 pass break ups.
12/6/22: LG Jacob Bodden
Bodden played in 5 games and started 3 this season before being shut down due to a shoulder injury. He has played in 33 career games and started 19 for the Flames.
Update 12/14/12: Walker has committed to SMU where he will be reunited with former Liberty defensive coordinator Scott Symons.
Walker was Liberty’s third leading tackler this season, recording 63 tackles in 12 games played. He also had 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and an interception.
Update: Butler has committed to Michigan State
The former Auburn transfer played in 12 games on the defensive line for the Flames this season. He recorded 22 tackles, 2 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks.
12/5/22: WR Jaivian Lofton
Update: Lofton has committed to Utah Tech.
Lofton played in 10 games this season, recording 10 catches for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns.
12/5/22: LB Carl Poole Jr
Update: Poole has committed to Division II Virginia State
A walk-on, Poole played in six games for the Flames this season, not recording any stats.
12/5/22: DL Marquise Brunson
Brunson played in 2 games for Liberty this season, not recording any stats.
TRANSFERRING TO LIBERTY
1/18: TE Jacob Jenkins (Coastal Carolina)
Jenkins was third-team All-Sun Belt this past season for the Chanticleers with 11 receptions for 149 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining after beginning his career at Jacksonville State.
1/10: S Brandon Bishop (Louisiana)
Bishop began his career at Alabama where he redshirted as a walk-on during the 2018 season. He then transferred to Louisiana where he has totaled 63 tackles and 3 interceptions. Bishop has one year of eligibility remaining. The 6’0″, 194 pound defensive back is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bishop has also picked up offers from Troy, Kansas State, Arkansas State, Old Dominion, and James Madison.
1/10: OL Jordan White (West Virginia)
The 6’2″, 298 pound lineman has three seasons of eligibility remaining. Originally from Largo, Maryland where he attended DeMatha Catholic, White played in 11 total games for the Mountaineers, seeing action at guard, right tackle, and center. He played 51 snaps in 2020 and then received a redshirt in 2021 after playing four games at center guard. This past season, as a redshirt-freshman, White played in four games, starting three, while missing a good portion of the year due to injury.
1/10: WR Reese Smith (West Virginia)
Smith is in the portal from West Virginia and has two years of eligibility remaining. The 5’10”, 187 pound receiver caught 19 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown in 2022. Smith was used as a wideout and a punt returner during his time with the Mountaineers. Originally from Danville, Kentucky, he appeared in 33 games and caught two touchdown passes.
1/10: S RJ Roderick (South Carolina)
Roderick is a transfer from South Carolina who will be playing his sixth and final year of eligibility in 2023. He started 34 games at South Carolina, tallying 198 tackles and 2 interceptions. He played in just three games during 2022 as he dealt with some injuries. The 6’0″, 207 pound safety attended Cane Bay High School in Summerville, South Carolina. He was also offered by James Madison.
1/9: WR Errol Rogers (Louisiana)
In his three years for the Ragin’ Cajuns, Rogers caught 59 passes for 524 yards and 2 touchdowns. He played high school football at Lafayette Christian Academy in Louisiana, the same high school that produced Liberty safety Brylan Green. The 5’11”, 196 pound receiver has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
1/9: QB Trey Lowe (Southern Miss)
The Southern Miss transfer has two years of eligibility remaining. Lowe, who began his career at West Virginia, transferred to Southern Miss prior to the 2020 season. He also played outfield at WVU. The 6’2″, 235 pound native of Collierville, Tennessee, led the Golden Eagles to their first bowl game victory since 2016 in the 2022 Lending Tree Bowl.
12/31: RB James Jointer Jr (Arkansas)
The former three-star running back, comes from Liberty after spending one season at Arkansas. He played in just one game for the Razorbacks and has 4 years of eligibility remaining. He chose Arkansas out of HS over offers from Florida State, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, and others.
12/21: RB Quinton Cooley (Wake Forest)
As Wake Forest’s back, Cooley rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns on 47 carries in 2022. He finishes his career as a Demon Deacon with 92 rushes, 371 yards and four scores over two seasons. Cooley has two years of eligibility remaining.
Very surprised especially since they don’t know if Aldridge is staying and chadwell seems not too different than freeze. It’s not like he’s the complete opposite of what Hugh Freeze was
D. Butler is listed as a Sr. Does he have a Covid year available?