Freshman quarterback Carson May enters the NCAA Transfer Portal

The second wave of transfers has begun. With bowl season wrapped up, it’s not going to be surprising to see an influx of talent across the country entering the NCAA Transfer Portal. On Tuesday morning, a source informed HawkeyeInsider that freshman quarterback Carson May has elected to enter the portal.

Prior to Iowa’s offer, he earned offers from Western Michigan and Old Dominion. He was being tracked by several power-five schools, but the Hawkeyes were the first to pull the trigger. Once they did, it didn’t take long for May to commit.

247Sports’ Gabe Brooks when evaluating May in high school.

“May sees the field well, with his height giving him good sight lines to his passing windows. He throws with great touch on downfield shots, whether up the seams or outside the numbers. He also throws well to spots and consistently leads receivers. That should make May dangerous on timing routes as he continues to develop. May has displayed off-platform throwing ability and improvisational playmaking skills from time to time. In fact, he often gets as much, if not more, zip on his throws in those forced rollout situations as he does standing tall in the pocket. Given his frame and athletic profile, May should possess a high capacity in the arm strength department.”

With Iowa landing Michigan transfer quarterback Cade McNamara from the NCAA Transfer Portal, it’s not surprising to see some movement in the quarterback room. It’s expected that McNamara will start for at least two seasons before there’s an open competition in 2025.

Regardless, the college football transfer portal is expected to be as active as ever for the next six weeks. This is the first cycle with transfer portal windows, which stretch from Dec. 5 to January 18 for the FBS with another period from April 15-30. No longer can players enter the portal whenever they please, although there are always exceptions to the rules. Graduate transfers and players whose head coaches have left the program are not subject to these guidelines, which is why athletes have already started entering the portal.

Schools are also no longer limited to signing just 25 initial counters per cycle. This means programs can aggressively rework their rosters to sign up to their 85-scholarship limit. Many across the country believe that this will lead to players being run off rosters. The NCAA also passed a rule that schools are required to keep transfer athletes on scholarship through the completion of their eligibility clock or until they complete their undergraduate degree. This means there’s more risk than ever in taking an undergraduate transfer, because they’re stuck on the roster no matter what.

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