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Mississippi State senior CB Korey Charles enters NCAA transfer portal

It appears Charles will finish his career elsewhere.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State senior cornerback Korey Charles entered the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday morning.

In 17 games with the Bulldogs from 2017-19, the native of Tallahassee, Florida, recorded eight career tackles and forced a fumble. Charles has not appeared in a game this season. He will have one year of eligibility due to the NCAA’s blanket waiver, which grants players an extra year of eligibility due to unique circumstances presented by COVID-19.

Charles was a do-it-all athlete at North Florida Christian School, playing running back, wide receiver and defensive back for the Eagles. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder was rated as a four-star athlete by ESPN and a three-star athlete by 247Sports, Rivals and He was ranked as the No. 68 overall prospect in the state of Florida by 247Sports and the No. 26 running back in the 2016 class by ESPN.

He helped the Eagles to a 7-5 record in 2015 as a senior. He led his team with 1,014 yards rushing on 123 carries with nine touchdowns. He also made 37 catches for 447 yards and five more scores. He was named honorable mention Class 2A All-State for his efforts.

Charles redshirted in 2016 as a freshman at MSU. He then played in three games in 2017 as a redshirt freshman before seeing action in seven games in both 2018 and 2019.

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 do not need to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.