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Former 4-star recruit tight end Jermaine Terry II enters transfer portal

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JANUARY 05, 2023

Just one day after standout wide receiver J. Michael Sturdivant reportedly entered the transfer portal, he was followed by tight end Jermaine Terry II. The move was announced via Terry’s personal Twitter account.

Terry came into Cal as a four-star recruit, also batting offers from big-shot football programs including Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State. As a tight end recruit, Terry was ranked No. 7 in the nation for his position, and held the No. 18 ranking as a recruit in the state of California.

The true sophomore, who joined Cal’s roster in 2021, has played in 17 games for the blue and gold, eight of which he started. Now, he enters the transfer portal with two years of undergraduate eligibility remaining.

Against Colorado, Terry recorded two receptions, including a career-long catch for 18 yards. Overall, the sophomore amassed a total of seven receptions during his time at Cal, all but one of which came during his second year with the program.

This adds another transfer portal loss to newly appointed offensive coordinator Jake Spavital’s offense, which has lost key members throughout the transfer period, including four running backs and Cal’s two top quarterbacks. The move also comes after Cal recently brought in a new tight ends coach in Tim Plough, formerly Boise State’s offensive coordinator, in mid-December.

During the early national signing period, Cal acquired two tight ends in Ben Marshall and Matthew Littlejohn, both in the 2023 recruiting class and boasting three stars apiece. Oregon State tight end J.T. Byrne also announced his transfer to Cal just hours after Terry entered the portal. Byrne failed to record a reception during his two years in Corvallis. These additions still leave a significant level of experience to be desired from within Cal’s offense as the program will surely look toward the transfer portal to reel in talent.

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JANUARY 05, 2023