Before we even enter the Week 2 slate of the 2022 college football season, a player from a prominent SEC program is deciding to transfer.

Auburn Tigers wide receiver J.J. Evans announced on Wednesday night that he will enter the transfer portal.

In a statement, Evans tweeted that he “can’t thank Auburn enough” (he had nice things to say about his experience with Auburn and the coaching staff, led by head coach Bryan Harsin), but he’s decided to enter the transfer portal “and pursue other opportunities.”

Evans is a sophomore and didn’t play a game in his time (2021-22) with Auburn.

The 6’2″, 218-pounder was a four-star recruit — per 247 Sports — in the 2020 class for Auburn out of Montevallo (AL) High School. So, there will surely be plenty of schools interested in adding the talent Evans possesses, and perhaps he’ll look like a four-star recruit when he’s actually given the chance to play on his next team.

Auburn is 1-0 on the season after beating Mercer (42-16) and received 15 votes in the Week 2 AP Poll. The Tigers have won six games each of the past two seasons, with Harsin’s first season as Auburn head coach resulting in a disappointing 6-7 record in 2021. They’d previously won at least seven games in seven straight seasons.

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