Kelly Hines with the Tulsa World reported today that the University of Tulsa had added multiple transfers from the NCAA portal including former Texas A&M cornerback Travon Fuller. Fuller entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer on May 4 after not being on the spring roster for the Aggies and now will be playing his final college season with the Golden Hurricanes.
The NCAA recently ruled that players could transfer one time without sitting out, provided it is not within the same conference. However, as a graduate transfer, Fuller would not have to sit out even under the old rule.
Fuller was a four-star recruit out of Athens, Texas, in the class of 2016. He made an early commitment to A&M and he and his coach both let other schools know he was locked in. Because of that, the only other reported offer for the nation’s No. 234 overall prospect, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, was from Stanford.
The defender redshirted his first season on campus in 2016 as he worked to put on some weight. In 2017, he played in all 13 games, mainly on special teams. Fuller did have five tackles on the year, though. In 2018, he again saw action in every game as a special teamer and finished with six tackles.
Fuller received more playing time, other than special teams, as a fourth-year junior in 2019. He finished with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup. This past season, though, he only saw action in four of the 10 games for the Aggies and did not record a stat. He ended his A&M career with 21 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup.
The NCAA introduced the portal on 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.
The first portal cycle saw 1,942 FBS players enter in the initial calendar year of its existence, per a source.