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2023-24 CSU football transfer portal tracker

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Colorado State University football coach Jay Norvell watches the play during the Border War game against University of Wyoming Nov. 3. Colorado State University lost 15-24.

Editors NoteThis post will continue to be updated as new players announce where they will be playing next season.

The college football transfer portal officially opened Dec. 4. Here is everyone who has announced their intentions to either play for Colorado State or leave CSU for elsewhere.

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Transfers out:

Cornerback T.J. Crandall: Crandall was a bright spot for the Rams as a first-year player with the team. He had two pass breakups and one interception in his lone season in green and gold. Crandall announced he would enter the portal Nov. 28 and so far has received offers from UCLA, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Arizona State, according to his X, formerly known as Twitter. Crandall announced that he would be transfering to West Virginia on Dec. 18.

Linebacker Tramayne Mejia-Paster: Mejia-Paster transferred to CSU from UCLA last season. He will now enter the transfer portal again. Mejia-Paster recorded a season-high three tackles against Utah State but otherwise did not see the field a lot. Mejia-Paster announced his decision to leave CSU Dec. 4 via X. Mejia-Paster announced Dec. 27 that he would transfer to Bethune-Cookman University.

Offensive lineman Ethen Erickson: Erickson will also enter the portal for a second season in a row. Erickson announced his decision to leave CSU Dec. 4 via X.

Quarterback Jackson Stratton: The redshirt freshman QB for CSU announced his intention to transfer Nov. 30 via X. Stratton only threw four passes during his career at CSU, throwing for 78 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Defensive back Mychai Williams: The redshirt freshman walked on to the CSU football team in 2022. Williams recorded no stats in the green and gold and announced his intentions to transfer Dec. 4 via X.

O-lineman Cameron Cooper: Cooper will enter the portal with one season of eligibility left. He will also enter the portal for a second year in a row after not seeing any game action this season. Cooper announced his decision to transfer on Nov. 28 via X.

Tight end Clay Nanke: Nanke announced he would enter the portal as a redshirt sophomore on Dec. 7 via X. Nanke has logged three seasons in green and gold, including his redshirt season. The three-star recruit changed to a tight end in the spring of 2023. He participated in two games during the 2023 season, but recorded no stats.

Wide receiver Louis Brown IV: Brown IV announced his decision to transfer Dec. 14 via X. Brown IV showed flashes of being a good wide receiver in his sophomore campaign for the Rams, with his best game coming against Colorado where he had 10 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. Brown IV is a significant loss for the Rams receiving room, who will already be without All-American tight end Dallin Holker next season.

Defensive lineman Grady Kelly: Kelly’s entrance into the transfer portal was announced on X per RivalsPortal on Dec. 16. Kelly had a breakout campaign in his redshirt-sophomore season for the Rams and is another big loss to the transfer portal. He had 1.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and 35 tackles for CSU last season. He looked to slot in as a big piece for the Rams future, but will play elsewhere next year.

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Quarterback Clay Millen: No surprise that Millen has entered the transfer portal after losing the starting job to Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi during the Rams’ first game against Washington State. Millen was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and was named a freshman All-American at CSU after coming over from Nevada with coach Jay Norvell through the transfer portal. Millen appeared in 11 games for CSU throwing for 2020 yards. 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Defensive back Liam Huber: The redshirt junior didn’t log any minutes on the field during his time at CSU. He announced he would be transferring via X on April 9.

Running back Jordan Smith: After spending the 2022 season at Saddleback College, Smith spent one year at CSU. CSU’s running back room is deep  and short of a bunch of injuries, Smith likely didn’t have a path to playing time. He announced his decision to transfer via X on April 9.

Wide receiver Justus Ross-Simmons: One of the big surprises was the Rams’ falling out with Ross-Simmons. He was poised to be the No. 2 guy behind Tory Horton this season, but will instead suit up elsewhere. Ross-Simmons had a good sophomore campaign, including going for more than 100-receiving yards twice. The Rams’ receiving room is deep, so they should bounce back fine after parting ways with Ross-Simmons.

Running back Vann Schield: After walking on to the program in 2021, Schield started to see some game action in the 2023 season after several of the Rams’ running backs went down with injuries. His best game came against UNLV, which he ran for 90 yards on only 11 attempts. With the crowded room that CSU has at running back, Schield wasn’t in line for much playing time.

Offensive lineman Teivis Tuioti: Tuioti came into CSU as a defensemen before making a switch to o-line. He played in eight games for CSU last season.

Wide receiver Mekhi Fox: Fox came into CSU in 2022, but didn’t see a lot of action in his time for the Rams. He notched only one catch for 15 yards. With the receiving room so full for the Rams, Fox was likely not going to see a lot of time on the field.

Defensive back Brandon Guzman: Guzman came into CSU in 2020, before redshirting. He played in 11 games each of the last two seasons with by far his best season coming in 2022, where he totaled 30 tackles and had six pass break-ups. The Rams are thin in the secondary and lose what could have been a nice depth piece.

Wide receiver Silas Evans: Similar to Fox, Evans was likely in an uphill battle to see the field this season because of the full receiving room. Evans came in last season and redshirted, retaining all of his eligibility.

Transfers in:

O-lineman Chandler Brown: Jumping up a division from DII football, Brown will look to make an impact on a line that had an incredible turnaround year last year. Brown has played in every single game over the past two years for Shepherd University where during that time he was named twice to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East second team.

O-lineman Alex Foster: Coming over from Utah Tech, Foster chose CSU over several football championship subdivision schools. Foster has spent three years at Utah Tech, redshirting his first season means Foster will have two years of eligibility left. Last season Foster played in 10 games and started the Trailblazers final six games of the season.

Cornerback Elias Larry: Hailing from Navy, Larry will help fill a void in the CSU secondary who lost Ron Hardge III and Chigozie Anusiem to the NFL draft. Larry saw action in seven games last season, posting okay stats. However, Larry’s 2022 season showed some promising things. Notching two interceptions and two pass break ups with 19 tackles, Larry will be a crucial depth piece for the CSU secondary.

Wide receiver Donovan Ollie: If you don’t immediately wince at the name, then maybe you just forgot how Ollie has torched the CSU secondary in 2022. Catching seven passes for 82 yards and two scores, Ollie has been a crucial piece of Washington State’s success. Joining an already exemplary wide receiving room, the Rams look poised for a complete air raid come football season.

Defensive lineman Gabe Kirschke: The Rams get a familiar face through the transfer portal in Kirschke, who was born in Lone Tree, Colorado. He was a first-year player last season at Wisconsin, he didn’t see the field a lot, only totaling one tackle. Kirschke should provide the Rams with good depth on the interior, helping replenish some of the depth they lost in the portal.

Wide Receiver Armani Winfield: CSU bolstered their receiving room even more with the 6-foot-2-inch Winfield. The 247Sports three-star transfer comes into CSU from Baylor and is expected to make an immediate impact. The Rams were the No. 1 passing offense in the Mountain West a season ago and continue to add talent in order to keep the throne.

Reach Damon Cook at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @dwcook2001.

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Damon Cook is the 2023-24 sports editor for the The Collegian and has been at the paper since August 2022. He started doing coverage on volleyball and club sports before moving onto the women's basketball beat. He is in his third year and is completing his degree with a major in journalism and media communication and a minor in sports management. As The Collegian's sports editor, Cook reports on CSU sports and helps manage the sports desk and content throughout the week. After having a year to learn and improve, Cook will now get to be part of a new age under the sports desk. The desk moved on from all but one other person and will now enter into a new era. Damon started school as a construction management major looking to go in a completely different direction than journalism. After taking the year off during the COVID-19 pandemic, he quickly realized that construction wasn't for him. With sports and writing as passions, he finally decided to chase his dreams, with The Collegian helping him achieve that. He is most excited to bring the best and most in-depth sports coverage that The Collegian can provide.

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