Nebraska RB Markese Stepp enters NCAA transfer portal

Markese Stepp entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer and Husker247. The Nebraska running back could leave the Huskers and go to the third college program of his career. He previously left USC to come to Lincoln. Stepp played just six games last year after playing a combined 14 in his three years with the Trojans from 2018-20.

Stepp had 45 carries last season for 177 rushing yards, two touchdowns, 3.9 yards per carry and one catch for 30 yards. Over the course of his college career, Stepp has 145 carries, 682 rushing yards, eight touchdowns, 4.7 yards per carry, five catches and 65 receiving yards.

As a member of the Class of 2018, Stepp was a three-star prospect out of Indianapolis Cathedral. He was the No. 7 overall prospect in Indiana and the No. 34 running back in the class. Stepp was also ranked as the No. 307 overall prospect per the 247Sports Composite.

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal on Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.

While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.

There were 2,646 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2020-21 transfer cycle, per a source. That’s up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

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That increase can at least partially be credited to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes are allowed to transfer once in their careers without having to sit out a year-in-residence. That means all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet an NCAA mandated entry deadline.

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