Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
The transfer portal never stops grinding. Vanderbilt defensive back Donovan Kaufman showed glimpses of stardom in the two games he played in 2020, and now his portal entry has garnered interest from several top programs.
Recruiting: Kaufman committed to Vanderbilt during the summer leading up to his senior season, but after a dominant performance that fall, late offers rolled in from Florida State, Baylor and Ole Miss. He waited until the late Signing Day to make his decision, and rumors of a flip persisted, but at the end he signed with the Commodores.
At Vanderbilt: Kaufman was limited to only two games during his true freshman season due to an injury, but he managed to total 15 tackles during this time.
Potential landing spots: After entering the portal on Wednesday morning, interest began to come in immediately from Auburn, Colorado, West Virginia and Northwestern. Auburn will be a main player here, but Florida State will also be considered if they start to show more interest since he came close to flipping to the Seminoles coming out of high school .
Farrell’s Take: Kaufman is a popular player in the portal as a versatile defensive back who can tackle and is very physical. He was a huge get for Vanderbilt and many big Power Five schools wanted him out of Louisiana. He can hit and showed so during limited time last season and Vandy’s loss will be a big gain for someone.
Impact Meter: 7.9 out of 10
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and manage their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.