Washington loses another starter to the transfer portal after Jedd Fisch hire
Washington center Parker Brailsford has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports.
The 6-foot-2 redshirt freshman started all 15 games for Washington during its run to the College Football Playoff — the first two at right guard and then the final 13 at center. He immediately asserted himself as one of the best centers in the sport after not seeing the field as a true freshman in 2022.
But Brailsford, like so many other Husky starters from the Pac-12 title-winning team, is moving on following the departure of Kalen DeBoer.
DeBoer’s move to Alabama triggered a 30-day window for Washington players to enter the portal and explore their options. The players who have put their name into the portal can choose to remove their name and remain at UW, and re-recruiting Brailsford feels like it’ll be one of new head coach Jedd Fisch’s top priorities.
BREAKING: Washington OL Parker Brailsford plans to enter the Transfer Portal, he tells @On3sports
The 6’2 278 OL started all 15 games for the Huskies this season
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) January 15, 2024
Brailsford was a Freshman All-American in 2023 and was also selected to the All-Pac-12 Second Team. Despite being a bit undersized for the position — he’s just 275 pounds as a second-year man — he anchored the Joe Moore Award-winning line and ended the season as one of the highest-graded centers in the country by Pro Football Focus.
PFF gave Brailsford a 77.8 offensive grade for 2023, the fifth-best among qualified centers at the Power Five level.
He is not eligible for the NFL Draft. Fisch will look to lean on a previous relationship to keep him in Seattle.
A Mesa native who played his high school ball at Saguaro in Arizona, Brailsford held an offer from Fisch and Arizona out of the 2022 recruiting class. Brennan Carroll, who is expected to follow Fisch to UW after serving as Arizona’s offensive line coach and coordinator, was the lead recruiter on Brailsford.
Since DeBoer’s departure, Washington has seen portal entries from quarterbacks Will Rogers, Austin Mack, and William Haskell; left guard Nate Kalepo; tight end Tre Watson; defensive backs Jabbar Muhammad, Asa Turner, Mishael Powell, and Dyson McCutcheon; and linebacker Ethan Barr.