Iowa, Iowa State, UNI Still Players Available in the Transfer Portal
It's no secret that the 2021 NCAA Transfer Portal was flooded with players who are or were no longer happy with their choice of where to play college football.
Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI were not exempt from the list of teams that lost some of their top players to the portal. Of course, we put together articles about UNI's former starting quarterback Will McElvain committing to Central Arkansas and the 14 commitments UNI earned from high schoolers as well as three other commits out of the portal. The three transfers include one from Iowa State and another from Iowa:
There are transfers from each of these schools that have not shared their commitments, though. We may not even know where they're headed until this fall.
Just as former UNI Panther backup quarterback Justin Fomby learned, they may not have the opportunities they once did in high school. Fomby had offers from Missouri, Coastal Carolina, James Madison, and other NCAA Division I schools out of high school. After entering the portal, the lone DI offer he received came from Houston Baptist.
So, who remains available from each of these schools?
Quavon Matthews from Largo, Florida didn't see any action in his year and a half with the Hawkeyes. He was listed as a three-star receiver and received offers from Iowa, North Carolina, and Southern Mississippi out of high school.
Josiah Miamen hit the transfer portal in November of last year. He played in three games this season and finished his Iowa career with one catch for 22 yards, which occurred during a 51-14 rout at Maryland on Oct. 1. He was listed as a three-star recruit and received offers from Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and others out of high school.
Deuce Hogan was a highly-touted recruit and a player many Hawkeye fans were excited about when he committed in the summer of 2018. His mother wrote on Facebook in December regarding his decision to transfer. Over his tenure at Iowa, Hogan completed his only pass attempt for two yards. He spent a few weeks at No. 2 on the depth chart this fall when Spencer Petras was hurt. He was a three-star recruit and received offers from Iowa, Baylor, Georgia, Houston, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and others out of high school.
Alec Kritta, who walked on at Iowa, decided to go the Junior College route. He took a wide receiver position at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. His recruitment remains open for the next school he will attend.
According to Black Heart Gold Pants, "He chose Iowa over scholarships from FCS schools Dayton, Valparaiso, and Morehead State after his senior year where he caught 47 passes for 900 yards and 13 touchdowns."
Iowa State Cyclones
Probably the biggest surprise on this list, Isheem Young hit the portal mid-December last year. Young was named the Big 12’s Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2020, and throughout the two years he played for the Cyclones, Young appeared in 24 games, tallying 106 tackles, eight passes defended, three interceptions and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Ar'Quel Smith didn't see the field in his two years at Iowa State. Out of Naples, Florida, he was a three-star recruit with offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, and Liberty, among others.
Corey Suttle totaled just five tackles over his tenure in Ames. He was a three-star recruit out of Jefferson City, Missouri. Iowa State was the lone Power Five school to offer Suttle, but he received scholarship offers from UNI, Missouri State, Wyoming, South Dakota State, and others.
Wide receiver Ezeriah Anderson appeared in 20 games across two seasons at Iowa State and caught only one pass for 22 yards. Out of high school, he was a three-star recruit with offers from Virginia, Oregon, Missouri, Cincinnati, and others.
Aric Horne appeared in 25 games for ISU, including all 12 in 2021. He posted 35 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and one interception. The Jacksonville, Florida native was among several favorites to start at linebacker for the Cyclones in 2022.
Through three years as a Cyclone, Kym-Mani King played in 32 games and started several in 2021. He recorded 44 tackles, four passes defended, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception.
Tarique Milton was a regular part of the receiver group that saw the field over his four years of playing time, with his best season coming in 2019 when he caught 35 passes for 722 yards and three scores. Injuries limited his time in 2020 and 2021. He Milton Iowa State with the seventh-best punt return average in school history at 10.68 yards per return. He’s also one of ten Cyclones since 2000 to record 1,500-plus receiving yards in their careers.
Dae'Shawn Davis put together 16 tackles between the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Out of high school, he was listed as a three-star recruit and received offers from Iowa State, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Toledo, and others.
Hayes Gibson, a not-so-highly recruited quarterback out of Ankeny Centennial, was an all-district pick as a senior in 2019. He passed for 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns and led the Jaguars to an 8-2 record and a district title. He received interest from schools like Iowa State, Kansas State, Iowa, North Dakota, and Western Illinois.
Of the three players to enter the transfer portal out of UNI, Hoosman is the lone player to have not announced a commitment thus far. Hoosman's most production for the Panthers came in the 2021 spring season, as he put up 373 yards and six touchdowns on 89 carries. He had offers from Valparaiso, Dartmouth, and Minnesota State out of high school, according to his Twitter profile.