In a surprising turn of events, Walter Neil Jr, an 18 game starter at corner back for the Wildcats, is entering the transfer portal.
Pete Thamel of Yahoo sports was first to announce the transfer via twitter.
Source: Kansas State DB Walter Neil has entered the transfer portal. He's started 18 games the last two years for Kansas State.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 21, 2020
Tim Fitzgerald of GoPowercat later confirmed Thamel’s source.
Neil, a 5’9, 180 pound defensive back out of Lawton, Oklahoma was one of the feel good stories on the Kansas State roster. He came to Manhattan as an unranked and undersized defensive back in the 2016 class and carved out a starting niche for himself as a red shirt sophomore at nickel corner. In 2019 he moved outside and started 10 games for the Wildcats.
Last season he registered 21 tackles, 2 pass break-ups, and an interception while starting 10 games.
I’ll leave speculation as to why he is leaving to other people, but needless to say, losing an experienced starter in the secondary is never a positive. At worst, Neil provides an experienced and versatile option for the Wildcats at corner as a starter or off the bench. That being said, the secondary should still be in solid shape for the 2020 season. A.J. Parker, Lance Robinson and Minnesota transfer Kiondre Thomas are experienced options and the coaching staff is high on freshman Tee Denson as well.
Either way, we wish Walter Neil Jr well and hope he finds what he’s looking for in the transfer portal. He will be a graduate transfer with immediate eligibility and should be a valuable addition to another roster.