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Colorado State football cornerback Brandon Crossley transferring to SMU

Kelly Lyell
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published 4:58 PM EDT Jul 7, 2020
CSU football cornerback Brandon Crossley goes through drills during practice outside Canvas Stadium on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.
Kevin Lytle/The Coloradoan

Cornerback Brandon Crossley, who played in every game last fall as a true freshman at Colorado State, is transferring to SMU.

Crossley, a 5-foot-10, 159-pounder from Dallas, started at nickelback in the season finale against Boise State and finished with eight solo tackles, one assist and four pass breakups.

Crossley told last month that he had entered the transfer portal and was hoping to play somewhere closer to home. He told on Monday that he was headed to SMU, and the Dallas Morning News confirmed the report in a story published Monday evening.

Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and, Crossley originally committed to SMU just before his senior season at Little Elm High School but wound up signing that December with CSU.

He was rated the 27th-best cornerback in the 2019 recruiting class and No. 31 prospect at all positions in Texas by 247Sports.

Crossley has three years of eligibility remaining but would have to sit out this fall under NCAA transfer rules unless he receives a hardship waiver to play right away.

He is one of at least five players who started one or more games at CSU last year to transfer out of the program since Mike Bobo was fired as coach at the end of the season and replaced by former Boston College coach Steve Addazio. Quarterback Collin Hill and fullback Adam Prentice, both seniors with one season of eligibility remaining, transferred to South Carolina before the start of the spring semester after Bobo was hired as the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator. Tackle T.J. Storment transferred to Purdue with one season of eligibility remaining, and guard Nouredin Nouili transferred to Nebraska with three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Another, tight end Griffin Hammer, is not listed on CSU’s online roster for the 2020 season, although his Twitter profile still reads “Colorado State football #88.”

CSU is scheduled to begin practices for the 2020 season later this month, with the first game set for Sept. 5 at Canvas Stadium against Colorado.

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