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Ralphie Report: College football transfer portal opens: what affects the Colorado Buffaloes

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Colorado

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The spring transfer portal is going to go crazy.

There’s a lot of prognostication about the state of college football these days, which makes sense. The foundations of the sport have changed in a way that will never un-change (great writing right there. Luckily for the Colorado Buffaloes, they have a change agent in charge in Deion Sanders. As long as Buff fans are expecting constant change with Coach Prime, they will be happy with the direction that the program is going.

On Tuesday, the spring transfer portal window opens up across the country, and everyone is FREAKING OUT. Teams across the country are going to lose starters and even stars. Yes, even the mighty SEC and Big Ten are going to lose guys to paydays and better spots for playing time. That will be EVERYWHERE. Here’s a relevant example:

Arkansas OT Andrew Chamblee, one of the portal’s most coveted linemen, is expected to schedule visits with Kansas State, Colorado, Virginia Tech and UCLA, per agents @fcprospects_ and @callmeagentdwil. SMU and Indiana have also expressed interest in a visit.

— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) April 14, 2024

Chamblee started 8 games last year for Arkansas. And it’s not like Arkansas is cheap on the NIL front. However, even still, the young lineman is going portaling and looking for a better fit. It would be fantastic if CU was that better home.

It’s not all going to be sunshine and rainbows for the Buffs. They have already lost multiple players to the transfer portal in the spring, with more to come when it opens up. Some will be significant contributors (Myles Slusher) and some may even be starters or stars. We don’t exactly know who is going to go, but I feel warm and fuzzy knowing that CU’s two biggest stars, Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter, are either related to Coach Prime or might as well be.

We don’t want to speculate too specifically, but I will look at a few position groups that seem primed for new players coming in and current players going out:

  • Linebacker: CU tried to get a big splash here with DJ Lundy, who ended up going back to Florida State. There is still plenty of room on tis roster for the Buffs to get an experienced, big linebacker. It’s well-needed, too, I don’t want to see Trevor Woods have to fill those gaps.
  • Defensive End: There are a lot of names in this position group, but not a lot of standouts. That kind of logjam lends itself well to the transfer portal. Past Okunlola, I’m not sure where the rest of the position stands. Maybe someone near the bottom of the depth chart will take a chance elsewhere.
  • Offensive line: Always. Always need more offensive linemen.

We will continue to monitor this crazy time for CU football. Spring football is in full swing and the spring game is only a few weeks away. That will be a MONSTER recruiting day for Coach Prime and Co. Get ready.

by Jack Barsch
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Ralphie Report: Colorado Transfer Portal Update: Buffaloes lose four more players

NCAA Football: Colorado at Washington State

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffs are losing some depth this week.

In expected news, the Colorado Buffaloes are now experienced some roster turnover as the transfer portal officially opened on Monday.

Seven have announced their departures in first day of the portal. Both Savion Washington and Jaden Milliner-Jones are tough losses. Myles Slusher was good when healthy but he’s moving on as well. Washington and Slusher both started during the 2023 season, while Milliner-Jones was a talented freshman who was expected to compete for snaps this season.

Now four others, Isaiah Jatta, Hayes Fawcett, Devee Harris and Chazz Wallace will be leaving the program. Each of these players contributed depth, however none were more than depth pieces on the Colorado roster. Harris and Wallace came over from Old Dominion but were recruited over. Jatta could have player a role this year, but could probably find more play time elsewhere.

The Buffs will be very active recruiting players in the transfer portal. Deion Sanders is rebuilding both offensive and defensive lines and is always looking out for skill positions and defensive backs.

by Sam Metivier
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Ralphie Report: Buffaloes OL Savion Washington plans to enter transfer portal

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 23 Colorado at Oregon

Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Another previous starter is moving on.

According to a new report, Colorado offensive lineman Savion Washington is one of three CU players that plan on entering the transfer portal this spring. The report comes from On3 Sports’ recruiting reporter Hayes Fawcett.

BREAKING: Colorado OT Savion Washington plans to enter the Transfer Portal, he tells @on3sports

The 6’9 325 OT started 10 games for the Buffaloes in 2023 (missed 2 due to injury)

Will have 1 year of eligibility remaining https://t.co/d1x3MrBpti pic.twitter.com/fF2DZpiVrL

— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) April 15, 2024

Washington was the Buffs’ starting right tackle for most of last season, starting nine of the 10 games he appeared in. Before that he was at Kent State, where he started his college career playing for former Buffs’ offensive coordinator Sean Lewis – though he didn’t play much until 2022.

Now that Lewis is the head coach at San Diego State, it’s not surprising to see Washington head elsewhere. The Buffs had one of the worst offensive lines in the country last season: their 56 sacks allowed were the most by any team in the Pac-12, and 14 more than the second-worst (UCLA). The offseason plan was made pretty clear when, after a two-score loss to the Bruins last October, Coach Prime said that they needed to “go get new linemen.”

Aside from incoming recruit Jordan Seaton, most of that change has come in the transfer portal – of the 25 transfer that they currently have coming to Boulder next season, five of them are offensive linemen.

by camellis
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Ralphie Report: Colorado DB Jaden Milliner-Jones plans to enter the transfer portal

NCAA Football: Colorado at Arizona State

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A promising young DB needs to find a new home.

Colorado is set to lose one of the key members from their 2023 secondary.

Jaden Milliner-Jones, a sophomore safety for the Buffs, will reportedly enter the transfer portal, according to Hayes Fawcett, a national recruiting reporter for On3Sports.

BREAKING: Colorado DB Jaden Milliner-Jones plans to enter the Transfer Portal, he tells @on3sports

The 5’11 195 DB played in all 12 games as a True Freshman in 2023

Recorded 25 Tackles and 3 PBUs

Will have 3 years of eligibility remaining https://t.co/itO8vvLfZa pic.twitter.com/lsZJL1iGZ7

— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) April 15, 2024

In his only season with the Buffs, Milliner-Jones played in 12 games. He started one of those – the penultimate game of their season against Washington State – and made eight tackles. Overall, he had 25 total tackles, 19 of which where solo, and three pass breakups.

Originally from Texas, Milliner-Jones came to Boulder as a three-star recruit out of DeSoto High. ESPN ranked him as the 102nd-best safety in his class, while On3 had him ranked a bit lower, at 133.

The news isn’t entirely surprising, as the Buffs head into the season with a number of high profile recruits in the secondary. Travis Hunter and Cormani McClain are the most notable names in the group, though Oklahoma State transfer DJ McKinney and Shiloh Sanders figure to have big roles as well.

While entering the transfer portal almost always means that a player is headed elsewhere, simply putting your name into the portal is not binding, and players are allowed to return if that’s what they choose. With that being said, once a player enters the portal, the school is no longer required to honor any scholarship agreement they originally had. So unless Milliner-Jones ends up somewhere in the Big 12, that’s probably the last that Buffs fans have seen of him.

by camellis
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Ralphie Report: Colorado’s Aaronette Vonleh enters transfer portal

NCAA Womens Basketball: Oregon at Colorado

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

CU’s scoring leader is heading somewhere else.

Colorado’s women's basketball team is going to look a lot different next year. The Buffaloes’ star center Aaronette Vonleh has entered the transfer portal, as reported by BuffZone’s Brian Howell on Monday.

Colorado WBB center Aaronette Vonleh has entered the transfer portal. She led the #cubuffs in scoring this season and has been an integral part of consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. HUGE loss for CU. @goodmansport first to report and I've been able to confirm with a source.

— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) April 15, 2024

After transferring from Arizona in 2022, Vonleh played with the Buffs for two seasons and emerged as one of the nation’s best centers during that time. Vonleh averaged 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 2022-23, earning herself co-Pac-12 Most Improved Player honors and an all-conference honorable mention. Netty continued her tear in 2023-24, leading Colorado in scoring and receiving All-Pac-12 honors.

Losing a player like Vonleh is a tremendous loss for the Buffs. After the departure of players like Quay Miller and Jaylyn Sherrod due to graduation, Colorado was depending on Vonleh for some continuity in their lineup. Now, Frida Formann is the sole starter left from CU’s back-to-back Sweet Sixteen runs on the roster.

Coach JR Payne and the Buffs have no other choice but to hit the portal hard now. Colorado’s backup center, Brianna McLeod, has also entered the transfer portal. CU currently has no bigs on their roster, but that’ll probably change soon.

Aaronette was a huge factor for the success that the Buffaloes have sustained these last two years. Without her, CU likely wouldn’t have made such waves in the college basketball world. We wish Aaronette the best of luck wherever she ends up.

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