Oklahoma RB Eric Gray Named Athletic’s ‘Most Impactful Transfer’
New Oklahoma running back Eric Gray is the most impactful player on the 2021 NCAA football transfer market so far, according to Andy Staples and Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.
The pair ranked the Top 50 so far and promised the rankings would be updated as the deadline to transfer came into closer view. That deadline is July 1.
Gray was one the biggest gets for any school this offseason, as the former Tennessee running back transferred to the Sooners after rushing for 1,061 yards and scoring six times as a sophomore in 2020. He joins a Sooners backfield that should include Kennedy Brooks as Gray’s main competition for playing time. Brooks opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.
But it’s what one college assistant said about Gray in the article that should turn everyone’s head.
“That kid scares the s*** out of me,” one college assistant said. “He’s a hell of a player.”
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The Sooners had two other former Vols on the list, as offensive lineman Wanya Morris came in at No. 41, and defensive back Key Lawrence came in at No. 42.
There were several other incoming Big 12 players listed among the Top 50, including:
Defensive tackle Siaki Ika, who transferred from LSU to Baylor to join his former defensive coordinator, now Baylor head coach, Dave Aranda. Ika came in at No. 5.
New Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Slough, who transferred from Oregon, was No. 20.
Right behind Slough, at No. 21, was new TCU offensive lineman Obinna Eze, who transferred from Memphis. Another former Tiger, defensive back T.J. Carter, was No. 31.
Another offensive lineman, Doug Nester, was No. 25. The new West Virginia Mountaineers star was at Virginia Tech last year.
Kansas State defensive back Julius Brents, who was at Iowa last season, was No. 33.
Iowa State picked up a Villanova grad transfer, defensive back Jaquan Amos, who came in at No. 46.
Players who left the Big 12 for other programs were also listed, including:
Defensive back Tykee Smith, who transferred from West Virginia and landed at Georgia, came in at No. 6.
Wide receiver Charleston Rambo, who transferred from Oklahoma and landed at Miami (FL), came in at No. 9.
Quarterback Charlie Brewer, who transferred from Baylor and landed at Utah, came in at No. 19.
Running back Keaontay Ingram, who transferred from Texas and landed at USC, came in at No. 34.
Tight end Jelani Woods, who transferred from Oklahoma State and landed at Virginia, came in at No. 38.
Tight end Grant Calcaterra, who transferred from Oklahoma and landed at SMU, was No. 43.
Quarterback Alan Bowman, who transferred from Texas Tech and landed at Michigan, was No. 50.
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