Cavaliers land ex-Lehigh OT Andrew Canelas via NCAA Transfer Portal

Cavaliers land ex-Lehigh OT Andrew Canelas via NCAA Transfer Portal

The Virginia Cavaliers landed a summer transfer Saturday. Train Lehigh offensive tackle Andrew Canelas announced his commitment to Virginia, via his Twitter. Canelas originally committed to Lehigh back in October 2020 and enrolled at the school prior to the 2021 season. However, he did not see game action last season.

As a member of the Class of 2021, Canelas was a three-star prospect out of Raleigh (NC) Leesville Road according to the 247Sports Composite. He was the No. 51 overall prospect in North Carolina, the No. 100 offensive tackle in the class and the No. 1,175 overall prospect in the class.

In high school, Canelas was a four-year varsity letter winner, was all-star and all-classification as a junior, academic All-Conference as a junior and also played basketball for two years while in high school.

Virginia enters a new era with head coach Tony Elliott. Elliott enters his first year at the school after spending 11 seasons at Clemson as the running backs coach and eventually the offensive coordinator and associate head coach to Dabo Swinney.

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 was 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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