Transfer Portal hopes to transfer success to the Gridiron

Six total transfers in 2022, three more from 2021; transferring class ranks in top 50 nationally



WSU quarterback Cameron Ward throws a pass during the 2022 Spring Game, April 23, at Martin Stadium.

Trevor Junt, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Since the start of 2022, Washington State University Football has received six transfer athletes.

According to 247 Sports, WSU ranks as the 49th best transfer group. The six athletes that have transferred in 2022 are Kasen Kinchen, Cam Lampkin, Rob Ferrel, Zeriah Beason, Grant Stephens and Jordan Lee.

Kasen Kinchen-DB-UW

Kasen Kinchen is a defensive back transferring from the University of Washington. Kinchen has not seen any game time playing D-1 football, but the Washington native was a three-star prospect his junior and senior year of high school. 

Kinchen played both sides of the ball at Lake Stevens high school, he played wide receiver and defensive back. He was productive as a receiver, grabbing 50 balls for 1,051 yards and 13 TDs as a junior. He then nabbed 55 receptions for 1,145 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior season. 

He flashed as a defensive back in high school, getting 56 tackles and seven interceptions as a junior. During his senior year he had 43 tackles and two interceptions. 

Kinchen received Associated Press first-team 4A all-state as a defensive back both his junior and senior year. He also received the Everett Herald All-Area Defensive Player of the Year award in 2018. 

Cam Lampkin-DB-Utah State

Cam Lampkin is a defensive back transferring from Utah State University. Coach Dickert seems to be showing his prototype hybrid cornerback, as Lampkin comes in as 5-foot-10-inches and 170 pounds. 

Lampkin came into Utah State as a three-star prospect who played on both sides of the line of scrimmage, at cornerback and wide receiver. He has played every game since his freshman year, even starting in a couple his freshman year, and then starting the majority of his sophomore year.

During Lampkin’s freshman season, he made two starts and finished with ten tackles, two pass breakups and one interception. COVID-19 interrupted his sophomore season, so Utah only played in six games, but Lampkin did make four starts, finishing with 20 tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and two pass breakups. 

In his last season played, Lampkin started 13 of his 14 games played and finished with a total of 43 tackles, 0.5 tackles for a loss and a team-high six pass breakups. He has shown steady improvement each year of his college career.

Robert Ferrel-WR-Incarnate Word

Robert Ferrel is one of Cam Ward’s favorite targets. He is a wide receiver transferring from Incarnate Word. 

Ferrel has had a long college career, going to five different colleges in six seasons. Starting at a junior college at College of the Redwoods, walking on to Nevada, playing at El Camino College, transferring to Incarnate Word and then finally to WSU. 

In junior college at El Camino College, he was selected as an All-American first-team offense as an all-purpose player. 

Playing with WSU’s new quarterback, Cam Ward, at Incarnate Word, Ferrel was able to grab 35 passes, gain 474 yards and catch six touchdowns his first year together. 

Their second year together, he caught 74 balls, for 815 yards and nine touchdowns. He earned the all-conference second team for both those years. 

It is also worth noting that he may be important for special teams, averaging 26.8 yards per return on six kickoffs with a long of 81 yards, and 11.2 yards on 14 punt returns. He may have to fight for some receptions with Lincoln Victor and Renard Bell, but his connection and chemistry with the Cougs new QB1, Ward, is strong.

Zeriah Beason-WR-Oregon State

Zeriah Beason is a wide receiver transferring from Oregon State University. 

Beason left high school as a three-star prospect and was in the top 100 ranked recruits in the state of Texas. He is now entering his redshirt sophomore season. 

Beason has not been very productive playing for the Beavers. During his freshman year in 2020 he started in five of the seven games OSU played in, in which he had 16 catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns. 

His first college game was against WSU, where he had three catches for 16 yards. 

In his second year, being his freshman year due to COVID-19, he caught 20 balls for 236 yards and one touchdown. 

He will have to fight for some opportunities, especially in the slot as WSU seems to have a surplus of that position. However, he did play some outside receiver at OSU and has more of an opportunity to play there for WSU.

Grant Stephens-OT-Northern Colorado

Grant Stephens is a tackle transferring from University of Northern Colorado. He is entering his last year of eligibility and is transferring to WSU to take the job of right tackle at WSU previously held by NFL third-round pick Abraham Lucas. 

Stephens started every game for the Bears last season. Stephens works the run game well, transitioning to the second level with ease. He is a nasty finisher and is violent when it comes to run blocking.

He will also be serviceable in the run game being able to set an anchor and hold his block. Building a good offensive line around Ward is a priority for WSU, and Stephens is transferring in hopes to fill the hole at right tackle.

Jordan Lee-DB-Nevada

Jordan Lee was the first transfer for WSU of 2022 and transferred on Jan. 1. He is coming in as a strong safety from Nevada. 

Lee stands at 5 foot 11 inches and 206 pounds. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and has had two productive seasons at Nevada. 

His most productive season was 2021, when he was third on the team with tackles. Lee finished with 85 tackles, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and four passes defended. 

He was extremely productive all season, but one that stands out is Colorado State where he had 14 tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. 

Coach Dickert is supplying his defense well with defensive back transfers, Lee being the star of these transfers.