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Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

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Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

Post by Nashmann » Mon May 03, 2021 12:35 pm

I have been out of the loop for w while in hospital from back surgery and weeks of recovery. Have I missed any transfers in from the portal to beef up any positions, even grad transfers? :? Seemed like we had a lot of openings with those that left & those entering school early and counting on last year's quota.
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Re: Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

Post by buffy » Mon May 03, 2021 1:54 pm

I want to say that Coach Lea was pretty adamant that he was focusing on our existing players and the players he's targeting as recruits. I think he is much more concerned about building a culture where everything is earned. I think he's apprehensive about how transfers fit in that picture at this time. I'm not totally clear why that is, but he apparently is pretty clear.
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Post by BrentVU » Mon May 03, 2021 1:55 pm

I haven't heard of any. But Coach Lea said a few days ago he would not be looking primarily to the portal to pad out his roster. He says he is trying to "build a culture" with the players he has, and bringing in transfers could upset the dynamic and be detrimental to that. But he did say he wouldn't rule it out if a great transfer appeared under the right conditions. From all that I gather that no one should be holding his/her breath.
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Re: Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

Post by dore74 » Mon May 03, 2021 3:50 pm

thanks, I really like the way Coach Lea is approaching this. suspect next year will not be all that much fun on the field, but i'm very optimistic that we are building something here ther right way for Vanderbilt
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Re: Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

Post by BWSeven » Mon May 03, 2021 6:06 pm

The portal will play an important part in building a program. I don't like it but this is the new norm. You cannot put all your focus on recruiting HS kids knowing a high percentage will leave.
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Re: Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

Post by BILTMORE » Tue May 04, 2021 8:55 am

BWSeven wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 6:06 pm
The portal will play an important part in building a program. I don't like it but this is the new norm. You cannot put all your focus on recruiting HS kids knowing a high percentage will leave.
Ditto. I understand the philosophy, but given the exodus we've suffered in the portal and how glaringly thin we are in the defensive backfield, I really hope he takes advantage of the portal to stem the bleeding.

I don't think it's going to undermine the culture to plug new guys into basically empty slots.
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Re: Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

Post by buffy » Tue May 04, 2021 10:39 am

BWSeven wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 6:06 pm
The portal will play an important part in building a program. I don't like it but this is the new norm. You cannot put all your focus on recruiting HS kids knowing a high percentage will leave.
Perhaps Coach Lea's position is that player retention starts with who you let in the front door.
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Post by vandy05 » Tue May 04, 2021 11:56 am

buffy wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 10:39 am
BWSeven wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 6:06 pm
The portal will play an important part in building a program. I don't like it but this is the new norm. You cannot put all your focus on recruiting HS kids knowing a high percentage will leave.
Perhaps Coach Lea's position is that player retention starts with who you let in the front door.
Bingo! I don't think we should equate what is happening with football (and our program specifically) to what is happening with basketball (and our program specifically). We have to remember that this year is a one-time penalty free transfer for the kids. So a lot of players will take advantage of that. That will change going forward. And in football, when you're trying to build a team culture, I can see the value in being very selective in who you bring in from the portal.
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Post by Johnmn555 » Tue May 04, 2021 12:53 pm

Teams that are losing more to the transfer portal than they are gaining are going to be losers in the new environment. Unfortunately, it's that simple. The best RB this school has ever had was maybe, sort of, a transfer. Do I remember correctly on that?
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Re: Any New Transfers In From The Portal?

Post by Podge91 » Tue May 04, 2021 12:59 pm

I'd say that if a prospective transfer comes to the staff and shows interest in Vanderbilt as a team, a school, a community and a culture, the staff will give him a look - if he has the football skills they want.

But I don't think the staff is necessarily going to be out knocking on their doors. Their persuasive energies are likely being directed toward the new freshmen, while transfers will be those who come to them.

That' just my guess
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