Veteran Florida defender announces he has entered NCAA transfer portal
James Houston IV’s college football career began at Florida four seasons ago in 2017. He’s looking at ending it elsewhere.
The redshirt junior linebacker shared Wednesday on Twitter that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal:
“I Want To Start Off By Saying Glory To God! Thank You To All Of Gator Nation and Everyone That Has Put Any Type Of Support Into Me! Thank You To My Teammates For All Of The Great Memories and Battles We Fought and Left Out There On The Field! I Am Now In The Transfer Portal!”
Houston departs Florida having infamously declared Oklahoma “not on our level” days before Lincoln Riley’s Sooners defeated the Gators 55-20:
“Oklahoma is a good match-up but they’re not on our level,” Houston said in a media session ahead of the game. “They’re not SEC. They’re not the Florida Gators. So we should put on a good show.”
Houston recorded a tackle and a forced fumble in the Dec. 30 game which OU put on a show against the Florida defense.
A former 3-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Houston signed with UF in the 2017 recruiting class. He was suspended for the 2017 season as one of the nine Gator players who engaged in credit card fraud. Over the past three seasons, he has appeared in 31 games for Florida, recording 100 total tackles.
Entering the transfer portal does not bound Houston to leave Florida. In some cases, players withdraw from the portal and rejoin the team.