College football: Oregon wins big in a transfer portal "dream come true"
Eugene, Oregon - The Oregon Ducks are wasting no time diving into the college football offseason and have already had success in the transfer portal, landing two top players on Sunday.
After his surprising announcement to leave the Crimson Tide, wide receiver Traeshon Holden has found a new home in Eugene along with former Iowa linebacker Jestin Jacobs, as both revealed their new commitments to the Ducks.
Holden entered the transfer portal last Monday and quickly received an offer from Oregon, making a visit to the program on Thursday.
According to photos on the athlete's social media, the former four-star recruit appears to have clicked well with the Ducks' football staff, particularly the team's new offensive coordinator Will Stein. Holden will now help fill a void in the receiver room left by graduating senior Chase Cota and Dont'e Thornton, who has also entered the transfer portal.
"Happy birthday Grandma," Holden tweeted of his commitment
On defense, Jacobs will have three years of eligibility with Oregon. He is coming in from a strong team in Iowa, as the Hawkeyes are known for their powerhouse defensive squad, ranked the fourth-best in the nation this year.
Prior to sustaining a season-ending injury earlier this year, Jacobs was featured on the preseason Butkus Award Watch List following an impressive 2021 campaign, which included 53 total tackles, one forced fumble, and three pass breakups.
He called his new commitment to the Ducks "a dream come true."
Jacobs is the first defensive transfer Oregon has picked up after they lost a number of linebackers to the transfer portal this month, most prominently former five-star All-American Justin Flowe, the No. 2 all-time commit in program history.
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