UNI’s Four Football Transfers That Will Arrive in the Fall
The transfer portal giveth, and the transfer portal taketh away.
Luckily for UNI football, it's been a lot more giving than taking over the last year. Yes, two significant losses came in backup quarterback Will McElvain as well as All-American corner Omar Brown, but the FBS additions to the Panther roster have continued to stack up in their favor.
Prior to the beginning of spring ball, Coach Mark Farley brought in Cordarrious Bailey (DL from Iowa State), Devell Washington (WR from West Virginia), Desmond Hutson (WR from Iowa), and Amauri Pesek-Hickson (RB from Kansas).
In spring ball, it appeared Bailey and Hutson will be the most likely to compete for a job and play on Saturdays for UNI this fall.
That list of incoming transfers has gotten a little bit longer over the last few months, and four other young men have decided to continue their football careers in Cedar Falls. They'll have a shot of their own to show off what they've got to the coaching staff in camp this summer and when the season starts in the fall.
Johnathan Phenix - Defensive Back, Northern Arizona
Phenix started his collegiate football career with the Houston Cougars in 2018 before transferring to play for Northern Arizona. While at Houston, the coaching staff had him take snaps at both running back and defensive back in practice before he decided to transfer.
Over his tenure with the Lumberjacks, he played in the 2021 spring and fall seasons. This fall, he recorded 7 tackles, a PBU, and a fumble recovery. He started two games and played in five.
Out of McGregor High School in Texas, Phenix received offers from both Houston and Incarnate Word while also receiving interest from TCU.
Peter Udoibok - Wide Receiver, Minnesota
Along with the other FBS additions in the wide receiving corps, UNI quarterback Theo Day looks like he'll have a bevy of options when throwing the football with the addition of Udoibok.
A hometown commitment for the Gophers, the wideout from Saint Paul came in as a preferred walk-on. Though he never saw the field in the Twin Cities, he did show off what he was capable of during practices. I mean, look at this film:
Here are some more clips from his high school days:
Out of Creti-Derham Hall High, Udoibok received offers from North Dakota State, Air Force, South Dakota State, Wyoming, and Yale. He also garnered interest from Iowa and Iowa State.
Takulve Williams - Kansas
Brought in as a wide receiver out of New Orleans, Louisiana, Williams played his four years in Lawrence at the position, grabbing 28 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. He played in 26 games total.
Williams is currently listed as a linebacker on the Jayhawk's athletic site, but he didn't take any snaps on the defensive side of the ball while at KU.
He was a three-star recruit out of high school, receiving offers from Louisiana, Tulane, Ball State, Louisiana-Monroe, Troy, McNeese State, and UTSA. Williams also received interest from Cincinnati, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma State.
Dom Williams, Quan Hampton, and Pesek-Hickson are three other transfers from Kansas on the UNI football roster.
Peni Naulu - Washington State
Another FBS player with some positional versatility, Naulu practiced at both linebacker and running back for the Cougars.
He didn't play much in Pullman, receiving snaps solely on special teams.
Out of Kapolei High School in Hawaii, Naulu was regarded as a three-star product and ranked the 11th best prospect in the state by 247Sports. He received offers from Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Cal, Hawaii, Nebraska, Kansas State, San Diego State, and Oregon State.
Other Possible Additions
Though the next players listed have not made their official decisions yet, it remains a possibility that they will be Panthers in the fall of 2022. They've all received scholarship offers from UNI.
Jazston Turnetine - Offensive Tackle, South Carolina
A JUCO product, Turnetine spent his first two years of college football playing for Hutchinson Community College, where he earned All-American status.
He then spent the following two years with the South Carolina Gamecocks, before sharing this tweet:
He appeared in 17 games and started ten for South Carolina over his two years there.
Thus far, he's received offers from Louisiana Tech, Michigan State, Bowling Green, Florida State, Houston, Arkansas State, and UConn out of the portal.
Damien Crumitie - Defensive Back, Western Illinois
Over the last two seasons playing for the Leathernecks, the Tallahassee, Florida native made just three appearances (assuming due to injury). He registered two tackles and a forced fumble.
Crumitie spent time at HBCU Grambling State as well, earning the majority of his collegiate snaps while there. He played in ten games both his sophomore and junior years at Grambling, recording 58 total tackles along with an interception and five pass breakups.
Out of high school and Dodge City Community College he had offers from schools like Mississippi State, Kent State, Army, Air Force, and others. He also received interest from schools like Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Virginia.
Right now, he only has offers from UNI and Southeastern Louisiana out of the portal.
Chevalier Brenson - Wide Receiver, Ball State
Brenson spent just one season in Muncie, catching two passes for 21 yards in 2021.
In his senior season at Christian Brothers High School, he racked up 32 catches for 545 yards and nine touchdowns in six games. He received 21 offers in total as a three-star recruit, including from schools like Illinois, Army, Memphis, and Central Michigan.
Out of the portal, he's got offers from Illinois State, Tennessee State, and Missouri State along with UNI.
Daniel Carson - Defensive Lineman, Western Illinois
Another big-time talent that spent his first three years of football elsewhere, Carson was originally a Texas Longhorn. He played in just three games, making one tackle during his time in Austin.
The Kansas City, Missouri native played in seven games for the Leathernecks in the fall of 2021, recording 13 tackles including two TFLs and one sack.
Out of high school, he was a three-star talent and was recruited by nearly every major program in the country. Carson had offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Iowa, Iowa State, and others.
Carson also has a previous relationship with current defensive lineman for the Panthers, Khristian Boyd.
He currently holds offers from Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian, Eastern Kentucky, Incarnate Word, and UT-Martin out of the portal.
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