Transfer portal deadline brings a flurry of departures at Maryland, bright side for Willard

Maryland is one of many athletic departments across the country that saw players exit during the past few daus, ahead of the NCAA’s May 1 transfer portal entry deadline.

Maryland football saw defensive end Demeioun Robinson and defensive lineman Darrell Jackson already complete transfers this spring, to Penn State and Miami respectively, but saw an influx of players join the portal this weekend.

Redshirt freshman Andre Porter started the frenzy with his name being publicized Friday evening. The former three-star recruit from Ballou (DC), head coach Mike Locksley’s alma mater, played in two games during the 2021 season and tallied two tackles. The Terps also saw a trio of defensive backs enter the portal over the weekend, seniors Kenny Bennett and Lavonte Gater and redshirt sophomore Devyn King. Gater, also a Ballou product, was the only among the trio who made a dent in 2021, tallying 23 tackles and one forced fumble in 10 appearances.

Sophomore offensive lineman Liridon Mujezinovic, who moved from Amsterdam to College Park in January after a junior college stint, was the other football player hitting the portal. In all, there are seven outbound players this spring.

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Fall and winter sport athletes had until Sunday to submit transfer portal paperwork to their respective compliance departments in order to remain eligible for the next season. Schools then have up to two days to process that paperwork and officially enter players into the portal.

The Terps have a sudden stash of scholarships to retool the roster through the protal. Starting in 2021, programs were allowed seven additional inbound transfer players on top of the previous 25-man signing class limit. Maryland women’s basketball, which saw head coach Brenda Frese snag two new 2022 signees and two incoming transfers last month, picked up another veteran guard Saturday, Vanderbilt transfer Brinae Alexander. The rising senior averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Frese and her staff are working the transfer portal after six players left the program after the 2021-22 season, including stars Ashley Owusu and Angel Reese. Owusu committed to Virginia Tech over the weekend, but Reese remains uncommitted. She she’ll aim to add frontcourt help with remaining roster spots, as sophomore Emma Chardon and incoming freshman Mila Reynolds are the players 6-foot-2 or taller on the roster.

Maryland men’s basketball also joined the portal party recently with the commitment of Charlotte guard Jahmir Young, but like everyone else, will now be to be limited to players who entered the portal by the May 1 deadline to join the team this coming season. The good news: none of the key players on the roster, most notably starters Donta Scott, Julian Reese and Hakim Hart, are leaving in the portal. As always during coaching changes, there was concern key players could depart.

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