UF’s Rayshad Jackson puts name in NCAA transfer database

Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill (8) fights his way past Florida linebacker Rayshad Jackson (44) and defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga (92) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Another Florida football player has put his name in the NCAA transfer database.

The latest Gator to make the decision to transfer is redshirt senior linebacker Rayshad Jackson, who is going to end his college career at another school as a graduate transfer.

Jackson, who is from Miami Norland, started three games last season and played in all 13. He’s been one of the Gators’ most productive special teams players over the past three seasons, playing in a combined 33 games.

Jackson finished the spring third on the depth chart at inside linebacker.

Another UF linebacker who has been in the transfer portal since before the start of spring practice finally has landed at another school. Senior outside linebacker Kylan Johnson has transferred to Pittsburgh, the school announced Wednesday.

In his three seasons at UF, Johnson started nine games and played in 33. He recorded 83 career tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and one sack.

“Kylan is a really smart player with a great nose for the football,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “He can play either outside linebacker position and is a great fit for our scheme. Kylan’s experience and athleticism will be immediate assets for our linebacker group.”

Johnson has one year of eligibility remaining.

With Johnson going to Pitt, Jackson and redshirt freshman defensive end/tackle Malik Langham are the only former Gators in the transfer portal who have yet to make a decision on where they will continue their career.

The other six UF players in the portal — Johnson (Pitt), wide receiver Daquon Green (Murray State), defensive end Antonneous Clayton (Georgia Tech), center T.J. McCoy (Louisville), cornerback Chris Steele (Oregon) and quarterback Jalon Jones (Jackson State) — have found new schools.


  1. I can’t wait for all the doom and gloom to start all over again. One suggestion: Let’s wait until we actually start playing some games? If this season is a stinker, FIRE FOR EFFECT and there will no comments from me (as if that’s important, but what the hell). Now, if there’s a concern — go ahead — but please, no more premature predictions of outright disaster until we see the results or lack thereof. Fair enough?

    • im in a nutty frame of mind i guess today, im happy. im happy these kids found a better opportunity. they deserve it, and we have other guys fit the slots, we want anyone that signs with us and behaves, we want the best for them. we will be fine. jackson really fought the odds to be a good player, i will miss him, but his leaving tells me we have some good players ready. and some scholarships have opened up, and players know they can try florida and come out ahead, making us an even better choice than say, Miami, that right now is having to bring in guys due to a talent shortage, which makes transfers out not look as good.
      i love monty python, and “always look on the bright side of life” may have been one of the best songs ever, but this really isnt hard to be positive about. other challenges we can argue about, but any heavy gloom about this i just dont see

      • I agree. It’s a win-win for all parties involved, not just Rayshad and Gators, but also the gaining school and development of our younger players. Wish him the best and will be rooting for him.

      • You’re certainly not nutty, Mveal……but a logical outlook cannot help but create and sustain good moods. No rose colored glasses — just trust in those who have earned it and caution with those who have not. Dan Mullen comes to mind as the former.

        • Hey Gator-6- I haven’t seen anyone speculate about any players that we might receive from the portal. Are there any players wanting to come to the SWAMP? So far, every player that was listed in the portal (with one exception – Steele), was not a starter. The likelihood of that changing this year was probably close to 100%. Also, does that open more slots for us to offer more players next year? I AM SEARCHING FOR POSITIVES IN A SEA OF NEGATIVITY…lol. go gators!!!

          • I’m wondering the same thing Ed — we’ve historically done pretty well with transfers. Sparky has nearly about convinced me now that this new system is OK — that’s about all I can say so far tho. Still waiting in incoming, positive, if you get my drift. Which is again why I keep saying let’s take a breath and wait for a few games into the season, also for the whole thing to balance out, to see how it might effect us. If Daz is right, we might be short-handed on depth…..but we don’t know that yet.

      • Ditto. Rayshad has been a solid player, and he will be missed, especially regarding depth. But hey, next man up. I am not sure staying would not have proved to be positive for his future, but I really can’t blame him for feeling the need to test his options as a redshirt senior who is not on top of the depth chart. Wishing him all the best.

        • Austin – you stated it perfectly “next man up!” That is just the way NCAA Football is and if that means putting in a rookie, well then he had better hoped that he was paying attention in practice. GO GATORS!!!

    • No doom and gloom here. Kids want to play. This is a great example of the transfer portal working as it should. Yes, it is nice for the team to have experienced depth, but it also clears reps for the incoming freshmen of which there are many linebackers.

  2. The transfer system in place now is great. A kid that is 3rd on the depth chart with one season to play can put his name in the portal and see if anybody wants him. If not, he can return to his school and still play out his last season. If coaches can get wooed every year, why shouldn’t the kids be able to?

      • That’s a good one, Ted — but I think you’re mixing up your psychodynamic defense mechanisms a little. If anything, it would be reaction formation. Possibly denial, although that’s a bit primitive even for the likes of me! You really can’t offend me tho, godless behaviorist that I am. 😝

      • Just because a guy is listed 3rd on the depth chart, it doesn’t mean he is going to be 3rd playing that position. Plus when the last of the true freshman arrive for Fall camp…he may.have slipped further down. The NFL teams somehow seem to manage with 30 less players on their active roster, so we will be alright!!!!!

  3. This one can’t be considered unexpected. It’s the unexpected players like Steele and Langham that hurt most. We don’t recruit to overcome those type of moves. Even that pain wouldn’t likely be felt this year anyways.

  4. I noticed that none of the typical starters are in the transfer portal. Only those that apparently think they should be the starter but aren’t. Perhaps some of these players don’t realize what a rotation means. It is one thing to out perform in order to get into the NFL but when you think you are so good and the coach is misusing you despite the fact you are 3rd string, well then that is a whole new level of misunderstanding of team concept. Go Gators!

    • You could be right Rob, but maybe it’s just two guys who’ve put in their time, come to their senior years, realized they’re not good enough to start at UF, and would like one last chance to start somewhere. When Eric Kresser left for Marshall and won a national title in his senior season, I don’t think it was because he didn’t understand the team concept and rotations. I know many of today’s athletes seem spoiled and entitled, but to assume that from the start is a little unfair. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t remember Jackson or Johnson ever doing anything to embarrass the program or the school. Sometimes guys just want to play.

        • Well, 6, there probably is more to it than meets the eye. I’ll defer to you on matters of psychology and human behavior. I love it when you wax academic on those subjects, because I usually have to “Google” 3 or 4 words from your post so I can understand it. Makes me think! I just think fans have a tendency to get overly defensive whenever there’s any inkling of a perceived slight to their team. I’m all Gator, but I don’t blame a guy for wanting to play.

          • We shrinks HATE when people look up the words we use, Joe! It usually means that they quickly discover that we’re only saying what they already know, just using twelve letter words to do it. BUSTED! 😒

      • That’s it in a nutshell Joe…and Kylan in particular was a starter but got hurt and never really got back in the mix. I wish them luck and it’s not necessarily a done deal to be in the portal…just weighing options.

  5. As someone who hasn’t the verbiage of a Gator ‘6’, and who only played football thru high school at Gainesville High in the 80’s, I’d say these young men who transferred aren’t going to play this year (minus Steele), and they want P.T. now. As I know the # of kids that came out on our 1st day of practice at G.H.S. would be near 90+. Then after they acknowledged what it would take to actually play, the roster would be down to 45 or so by start of the season. EX: The hot shot kid, Jones, that was a true freshman Q.B. transferred to Jackson State or something… really? He would’ve received more T.V. time as a Gator back-up Q.B. (see Doug Johnson behind Danny in ’96) than Jones ever will at Micanopy Tech, I mean Jackson State. And that’s my 2 cents. Go Gators! Just win baby!

  6. The transfer portal is the new normal in college football and I am OK with it. Of course, the Twitter universe and media are going to overreact when someone announces they are exploring a transfer, but in the long run it is best for the kid and the program. The program doesn’t need a kid who doesn’t want to be there and the kid doesn’t need to be somewhere they aren’t happy.

    I think the schools that figure out how to recruit the transfer portal efficiently will make this system work for them. Eventually all schools will have to look at a focused plan for the recruitment of transfers and guessing which players will transfer at other schools. The idea that you could lose a senior linebacker but gain a grad-transfer that is an upgrade is intriguing. Filling your holes with experience is not such a bad thing. This is basically free agency and needs to be treated as such.

    The transfer portal isn’t the end of college football, its just one more thing to adapt to for coaches.

  7. I do think the portal could make coaches try to bring in bigger classes since it really is a numbers game at the end. On the other hand, the portal is now a recruiting conduit. Traditionally , as you guys have said, transferring is a great option for a Jackson or a Kresser. Those are guys who have been around for a while. But as time goes by, the Steeles and the Langhams will not be the exception. You will have patient kids who give it the old college try for a couple of years, and then you will have the others who are impatient and expect to start Day 1. It will be interesting to see how this affects recruiting. As for the Georgia’s and Alabama’s who regularly pay their recruits , I wonder what kind of deals they work out up front based on length of stay in the program, or do they just keep quiet on that issue? Hang on for the ride. Like everything else in this world , it will have its good and bad.

    • As bad as I hate GA, explain how everyone accuses them of paying for recruits, but nobody ever comes out and says “I was paid”? And if they’ve figured out how easy it is to use a bagman at Bama, why has Kirby been the only assistant coach to take the strategy successfully to another school? Serious answers only 😎

      • It’s tricky, Sparky — on the one hand, you’re accused of false accusations if you mention it, and on the other hand there are credible sources telling you in whispers what’s actually going on at UGA. The way it’s been explained to me is that the boosters are behind it. I don’t know. Does it really matter if that’s true? Eventually, at least historically, it has always come out and the damage to the program is always the same regardless of whether the coaches knew or they didn’t. I would prefer that none of that is true, myself. We can beat them fair and square.

  8. I personally would like to see the portal tweaked a bit to exclude at least freshmen from being eligible, if for no other reason than to teach these 18yo kids what my Granddaddy used to say about a man’s word being his bond and to eliminate the possibility of homesickness and culture shock from being a factor in their decision to leave. Any ole country boy that joined up with uncle sam’s services knows what I mean by culture shock. I think that MFK is right in that the portal is going to have both good and bad results in the long run. The good being that a young man is no longer stuck at a school where the former coach lied to him about being there forever and then bolted for more money, also in that it can be a great tool for filling talent holes in the roster and will definitely benefit teams whose coaches embrace and utilize it to its maximum potential the most. The bad will probably come in the form of loss of quality depth with a lot of seasoned vets that would have been backups leaving to pursue a starting position elsewhere. I can see it leading to a lot more parody in college football eventually and a lot more “Cinderella” stories because of it. For the here and now, it may benefit us Gators somewhat, because I believe that the Cleansethems, Bammers and Jawga’s that have been stockpiling the talent now for several years and currently have the deepest rosters will be negatively affected the most by the defections and it may well speed up our catching up with them in talent and depth. It will open up a lot of scholly’s for the next years recruiting classes and I have heard that we are courting a veteran all ACC O-lineman from Ga-tech, amongst others at the D-line positions. I also heard a couple of coaches interviewed a week or two ago whom had already tasked someone ( usually the cruiting coordinator ) with checking the portal for possibilities several times a day. Dan is a smart man and will figure out how to use it as another tool to his advantage over most I believe. Go Gators !

    • Pappa, aside from situational ethics and morality, the loss of a man’s word is probably the thing that disturbs me most about our modern culture. I think you made some good points there, especially regarding freshmen exclusion from the portal.

      Don’t think that this phenom of thinking more of oneself that the facts merit — aka, entitlement — exists in a vacuum tho. I’ve seen it raise it’s head in all branches of the military too.

      • Same here six, even in my own family with my grandson thinking he’s above a job at Mickey D’s and him without any skills or a red cent in his pockets. Your dead on about our current culture being disturbing on multiple levels. Pretty discouraging too when you’ve preached your values to your seed all there life and still see them embrace the current superficial pop / hiphop bull$#!*, one can only hope that time and experience will steer them back to some truth..

        • Of my three stepsons, all of which I love as tho they were blood, two have been swayed by the development and progression of cultural marxism so rampant today. I recognized that in high school they were absent any actual civics education, and did my best to remedy that in a balanced way — it didn’t seem to take as they got older. But one, now 40, has slowly begun to see not only the flaws of capitalism but the value of free market enterprise as well. I’m encourage by that. The other is 44 now, has a high powered MBA and has progressively hopped jobs for several years until he’s at the top of the pile both financially and responsibility wise. But he still doesn’t see the contradictions in terms of ideology and where he actually earns a good living. Someday he will, I’m sure…..but maybe not. It’s not lost on me either that both have basically abandoned the spiritual values that they were raised with, but that’s not uncommon either and hey — everybody’s journey is different.

          So what’s the connection to college football, you might ask, other than my own biases. Right back where we started, I’d say — the over-valuation of self without corresponding confirmatory information, failure to properly account for the value of perseverance, and wanting things NOW instead of delayed gratification as a result of working harder. Plus, absence of honoring one’s commitments regardless of the current situation. I don’t think it’s all their fault, however — it’s what they have been taught, and it’s not entirely wrong in this post modern world. In other word, it really is adaptive behavior now in the world we live. At the end of they day, it just is what it is, no matter how disappointing it may be to and old fogey like me. I’d personally read TR Roosevelt and in particular the Letter to Garcia to them — but I don’t think it would alter to trajectory of the world they live in one bit.

          Now back to Gator football and where I think we’re headed!

    • The issue isn’t the transfer portal itself but the NCAA’s willingness to grant a waiver for just about any excuse. The graduate transfer rule is fine by me. It allows seniors the chance to play if they have been buried on the depth chart. However, allowing a freshman to transfer and play at another school before he even suits up for the school for which he signed a LOI is particularly bothersome. If the NCAA would stick more to their current rule of sitting out one year the system would be better. There has to be a consequence for your decision to change schools.

    • Pappa, I have been thinking the same thing for some time on the portal that maybe it should be for upper classman but at least not for freshman. As you said about joining the service and the “what did I get myself into” feeling. But once the shock wore off things started to come together. The word is your bond ethos is dying with those over a certain age. The entitlement era has been brought upon us by us wanting our kids to have it better than we did when in reality we didn’t have it that bad. This could take on a thread of its own. But this also boils down to personal accountability. I made the decision to do this now I am going to stick with that decision and be accountable for making that decision at least to the point of doing all I can to be successful or fail and only then make a change. These kids leaving as freshmen haven’t even given enough to learn if this was a good decision or not.

  9. I had high hopes for Kylan Johnson and thought when he came that he might be our next Wilber Marshall, Scott Brantley, Brandon Spikes or the Freak. Or at least a Jerry Odom , Jon Bostic or Antonio Morrison type player , but alas , not to be. I wish both he and Rayshad the best in their next adventure.

  10. I’m more interested in seeing what happens with star players from a small school. Losing a 3rd string players at a major power 5 school isn’t really a big deal. What happens when a possible Heisman RB or QB leaves a small school for his last couple years when it’s obvious he can shine more in a big spotlight? And the bigger problem I see right now is the sitting out a year rule is not being handed out fairly. It needs to be a year out or do away with the rule.

    • Really good point Sparky, I hadn’t really thought about that aspect either. Good luck to the mid major program that lucks into a superstar once he gets his name and film out there, when he can transfer to one of the big boy programs and be on primetime tv every sardey , and the chance to play for a Natty as well. When you put all of the valid points that have been made on this thread together, it seems the portal may well change the landscape of college football a lot more than we first thought. I for one certainly hope not.

      • Sparky does make good points, doesn’t he? On the other hand, California just passed — or is about to pass — a bill to pay student athletes on top of full scholarships. Now THAT really will change the landscape of college football!

        • Interesting you really can pick up some good info on gatorsports.my reaction is that i dont believe the ncaa will allow extra payments, and put the california schools either with the rest of us or on a separate path. if they did, it would be advantage florida. in terms of an overall system, i tend to be libertarian in my thinking, except for military, and my favorite government project called NASA. When you add money to sports, you end up with salary caps, luxury taxes, or in soccer they just have no cap and you get kicked out if you cant keep up. i just think the ncaa/regulatory agency for college football doesnt want the headache of being like a professional sport,

      • Pappa, is it “sardey” or “Sairdy”? I seem to recall you’re a Baker Co. Gator, but pardon me if I’m mistaken. In the Panhandle, in Calhoun Co. where I grew up, it was the latter, if my spelling is correct.

        I know the local dialect is important. If you don’t believe it, just tell someone from Mayo that you drove through La-fay-ETTE’ Co., and they’ll quickly inform you that it’s La-FAY’-ette.

        • Joe, your right about it being Sairdy, your memory is impressive as I am, in fact a Baker boy, the self proclaimed shine capital of the world, although good, quality corn liquor is hard to come by these days . (for medicinal purposes only of course ). I know what your saying about local dialect, as I served with a great guy from Albany Ga, who got very offended whenever someone called it ALbany instead of alBENy as he called it. Or Falmouth Fl , where the locals call it ” foulmouth” .

          • Pappa, I’d never accuse a Baker boy of using quality corn liquor for anything but “medicinal purposes”. I used to work for a company whose main office was in alBENy, and as a current Suwannee County resident, I’m familiar with foulmouth, as well. It’s also my understanding that locals say a-LA-chu-a County, but call the town a-la-chu-WAY.

    • Sparky, how about this: a player in his third year, having completed two years in the program of the school with which he signed, one of which may be a redshirt year, can transfer anywhere and play immediately. All others must sit a year without exception. You could make it three years completed, and that would be the same as the requirement to enter the NFL draft. I may not have thought this through well enough, but it sounded good in my head.

  11. It’s the American way. If you don’t think you are reaching your full potential or have the greatest opportunity to succeed, you go a different direction. If you can’t go a different direction, then you are a slave. So when you say these “kids” should stick with a school, team, program where they aren’t achieving their goals, then you are saying they should be happy with being something less than what they think they can be. Hopefully nobody that says that has taken a different job because they thought it was a better opportunity or they would make more money. That would be hypocritical. But then what does it mean to be a hypocrite when it essentially has become a “American” virtue.

    • I take your point, David, and it’s a good one. One counter-point tho — ask the “hypocrite” question of a career soldier, sailor, airman or marine. You’ll find that virtually to a man they’ve passed up better opportunities and much better pay for service that consists of relatively low pay vis-a-vis levels of responsibility, frequent moves and family disruption, and lack of job stability over the long term……not even taking into account risk to life and limb at times. I think that’s the real “American” virtue you refer to.

          • Common tongue.

            You know what I say is very much true. I don’t want to sound braggadocius but I’ve know many many military people. Far more than you for a very long period of time. In fact I probably know more military people than just about anybody out there. Based on my experience which is tremendously significant, the great men and women of our military even with all of their achomlishments have done better when they have left the military earlier. In most cases shown by incredible research and all the bigly smart people I’ve spoken to have sayd that the amazing men and women who have stayed were better off staying because they got the financial monies and health benefits they needed once they left and tried to avoid total disaster. Believe me, that’s what’s great about our military. Everybody who joins our military are winners. The yuge winners leave before retirement, because they are tired of so much winning. They leave so they don’t have to deal with the billions and billions of low-energy lightweights who will stay until retirement. Nobody knows more about the military than me. Nobody really knows!! Covfefe

          • I accept your perspective as valid on face value alone, David. Why? Because #1 you’re a Gator and that’s got to count for something; and #2, because you always speak your mind even when it’s unpopular and even when you probably know you’re going to get blasted. We call that courage of convictions. There’s probably a lot more reasons, but those two come to mind first. Point is, I’m not blasting you — just either disagreeing or adding perspective as the case may be.

            My own perspective is formed by my own 32 years of active duty across 11 different ranks, in combat arms, combat support, and combat service support branches — to include health care for the last few years. All of them included the privilege of command at different levels, and operational staff jobs. After that, I did another 10 years of federal civil service training young Army primary care physicians. Before that, my father was a WWII vet and active duty CSM — so you might say that I grew up in it. That’s my bias, right or wrong.

            Nobody I ever served with ever got rich from it, and as far as the so called lifetime medical benefits, they have been chipped away at relentlessly by congress. And, nobody I ever served with bitches about that at all despite broken promises or failures of the VA. The reason they do well after the military is simply because of the acquired self discipline they accrued in the military, doing things they often didn’t like doing but did anyway (and did well) by reason of a higher calling, and by learning perseverance and teamwork when the going got tough. A few were obviously Retired-On-Active-Duty (ROAD), but very few as a matter of fact in spite of the stereotypes out there. Notice that I referred to “discipline” and not “regimentation”; the latter don’t tend to last very long. That, of course, varies by individual but is actually true on the main.

            So in conclusion, GO GATORS, buddy. Personally, I will never knock you for expressing your honest opinions — even if you’re wrong! 😜

          • 6 some never get the call of duty (other than the video game I have never played), the sense of worth (not monetary) of doing jobs that are not for everyone and not desirable but necessary. I agreed and disagreed with a lot of soldiers while in the service but we all were doing a job professionally and contrary to DS bigly smart people the only one I know of that got rich won a lottery. I do know some that did well in the private sector post military though they all paid their dues in getting there. In this thread there are draftees and volunteers all served in jobs that are far more demanding than most careers and the reward for the risk monetarily far less. The reward? For some it is waking knowing that you went to bed making sure those that disagree can do it safely and freely even if they are wrong. In my time in the middle east before the recent two events I saw men who disagreed with their governments hauled off never to be seen again. Same in central America. We are not perfect, I certainly am not, but I would do it all over again. While the size of the military is a political decision serving in the military is at this time a personal decision. If no one serves we would be defenseless and at the mercy of any country that wanted to take whatever resources they wanted. There are people who serve that wish to preserve our way of life (even if they don’t agree with some of those ways.) Freedom comes at a cost.

          • 65, knowing your background and interests, there was probably no question that you’d do very well after the Army. I don’t think you ever forget the “lessons learned” — both positive and negative — from your time in service…….they keep on being applicable no matter what you wind up doing later in life. Sure, there are some who take absolutely nothing away from it — but for every one of those, there are probably two or three more who got more out of their time than they can ever repay. The cranium dislodges from the rectal cavity at some point, often making a sound like an H-E Quick 155 round when it does. I know it did in my case, at least, as a young MP in a place where I clearly would have given anything not to be at the time, and ever since I was always grateful that I had been.
            Our buddy Ed, for instance, got chewed up pretty bad in SWA, has had a bunch of medical problems every since, but I have the feeling that he’d be the first to join you in saying, “Yeah, I’d do it all over again too”.

            Well, this string has certainly strayed from Gator football — what the heck, it’s the off-season anyway — but it’s nevertheless a good (if unintended) reminder for us to use Memorial Day to also count our blessings. GO GATORS!