Vanderbilt football offseason attrition tracker: Transfer portal, draft declarations

·7 min read

Now that Vanderbilt's season is over, there's bound to be some attrition between players entering the transfer portal or declaring for the NFL Draft. As is true since the transfer portal began, it goes both ways, with the Commodores likely to both lose and add from the portal.

Due to new NCAA transfer rules, all transfers will be immediately eligible unless they have previously transferred in their career, in which case they will need a waiver to avoid sitting out a year.

Here is every player with eligibility remaining who is departing the program this offseason:

WOMEN OF VANDERBILT FOOTBALL: How Commodores are changing the game in Year 1 under Clark Lea

BEHIND THE SCENES: 36 hours with Vanderbilt football: Clark Lea, Tennessee and the search for one program's rage

TRANSFER STRATEGY: How Clark Lea could approach the Vanderbilt football offseason via the transfer portal

Marcus Bradley, DL

The four-star freshman defensive lineman entered the transfer portal on Nov. 1. Vanderbilt's highest-rated recruit in 2020, Bradley played in two games in 2021, recording two tackles. According to coach Clark Lea, Bradley was held out of games for disciplinary issues prior to announcing his transfer.

Destination: UMass

Jeremy Moussa, QB

Moussa scarcely saw the field in his two years with the Commodores, appearing in just three games and completing five of his eight passes for 24 yards.

Moussa, who has two years of eligibility remaining, entered the portal on Nov. 9 but remained with the program for the rest of the season. According to Lea, Moussa desired to go somewhere he would get more playing time. The majority of snaps under center went to sophomores Ken Seals and Mike Wright in 2021.

Destination: Florida A&M

Allan George, CB

George was a fifth-year senior in 2021 who still had one year of eligibility remaining due to the COVID year in 2020. But the cornerback has opted not to use that year and instead to declare for the NFL Draft, he announced on Twitter.

In 2021, George played in 11 games, made 24 tackles and had six passes defended. In his career, George has 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, two interceptions and 19 passes defended.

Cam Johnson, WR

Johnson, a three-year starter at wide receiver, announced on Twitter that he would be pursuing a grad transfer after the spring. Johnson averaged 9.9 yards per catch in his career with 10 touchdowns and also returned punts and kicks. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Gabe Jeudy-Lally, CB

Jeudy-Lally stepped into a starting role in the secondary in 2021. In his career, he made 63 tackles and had two tackles for loss and two interceptions, with one of each in 2020 and 2021. He said he is graduating in three years and thus intends to pursue a graduate transfer. He has officially entered the portal and has three years of eligibility remaining.

Brendon Harris, S

A second-string safety in 2021, Harris said on Twitter that he too intends to pursue a graduate transfer. Harris played in all 12 games in 2021 but did not have a start. He racked up 34 tackles and two pass breakups. In four years with the Commodores, Harris had 127 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and seven pass breakups. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Terion Sugick, DL

A three-star defensive tackle who was the fifth-highest ranked commit in Vanderbilt's 2020 class, Sugick began to work his way on the field in 2021 but his progress was halted due to injury. In three games, he made two tackles and forced a fumble. Sugick has officially entered the transfer portal and has four years of eligibility remaining.

Destination: Arkansas State

Lorenza Surgers, DL

Surgers redshirted the 2018 season before playing three years with the Commodores. He played in all 12 games in 2021 and started eight. He made 17 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup in 2021 as well as two tackles and one pass breakup in 2020. Surgers has officially entered the portal and is a grad transfer with two years of eligibility remaining.

Destination: Minnesota

Amir Abdur-Rahman, WR

Abdur-Rahman played in all 13 games his freshman season before suffering a season-ending injury in the first game of the 2019 season. He became a starter in 2020 and was Vanderbilt's second-leading receiver with 406 yards and 15 yards per catch. In 2021, however, he was passed on the depth chart by Chris Pierce and Will Sheppard. Though he played in all 12 games, he made just 13 receptions for 118 yards, fifth on the team.

Abdur-Rahman has entered the portal as a grad transfer and has two years of eligibility remaining. With his and Johnson's departures and Pierce being out of eligibility, the Commodores will need to find new talent at receiver.

Brayden DeVault-Smith, LB

DeVault-Smith indicated on Twitter that he was pursuing a transfer. The reserve linebacker played in 11 games in 2021 and had 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

DeVault-Smith, a Nashville native from Pearl-Cohn High School, redshirted his freshman year in 2017 and has one year of eligibility remaining. He is a graduate transfer.

Alex Williams, DL

Williams transferred to Vanderbilt from Ohio State prior to the 2020 season, though he did not play that year due to the rule in place at the time that transfers had to sit out a year. Now, he has again entered the portal.

In 2021, he served as a reserve edge rusher, with six tackles, two tackles for loss and one pass breakup in eight games.

Williams has two years of eligibility remaining.

Tyler Steen, OT

Steen was a three-year starter at both tackle spots. He played in 11 games in 2021.

He will be a graduate transfer and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Dashaun Jerkins, S

A three-year starter at safety who recorded three interceptions and two pass breakups in 2021, Jerkins announced on Twitter that he would be pursuing a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining.

In his career, Jerkins had 1.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and seven breakups.

Ja'Veon Marlow, RB

Primarily a reserve running back from 2018-20, Marlow left the team in the summer of 2021 and did not appear in a game for any school in 2021. He officially entered the portal in January.

In 2020, Marlow rushed for 186 yards on 46 attempts. That year, he was suspended for a violation of team rules under previous head coach Derek Mason.

Jacques Hunter, DL

A freshman edge rusher, Hunter is the nephew of former Vanderbilt player Funtaine Hunter. He was a three-star recruit who redshirted the 2021 season. He has four years of eligibility remaining.

Raashaan Wilkins, DL

Wilkins indicated on Twitter that he had entered the portal on Feb. 3. A 2020 junior college signee, Wilkins started all nine games in 2020 and 10 of 12 games in 2021, when he had 13 tackles.

Jason Brooks, OL

Brooks said on Twitter that he would pursue a transfer following the spring. Primarily a guard, Brooks appeared in six games in 2021 after redshirting in 2020. His departure further depletes an offensive line group that is already losing Tyler Steen (portal) and Cole Clemens (graduation).

De'Rickey Wright, LB/S

Wright announced on Twitter that he would be entering the portal. At the "anchor" position, which is a hybrid of linebacker and safety, he played in eight games and started six in 2021. Wright missed time due to disciplinary issues in 2021 but was able to return earlier in the season.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Vanderbilt football offseason transfers, who declared for NFL Draft

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting