UCF head coach Gus Malzahn has added another familiar face to his roster for the 2021 season. Former Auburn cornerback Marco Domio has announced that he will transfer to UCF.

On Saturday, Dominio announced his commitment to UCF on social media. He posted a graphic of himself in a Knights uniform with the caption, “Rock out 0! #ChargeOn.”

Domio was a four-star recruit and the No. 3 player at his position in the 2020 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite JUCO rankings. Domio came to Auburn from Blinn College. There, Domio finished the 2019 season with 26 total tackles and eight pass breakups earning second-team all-conference honors. Coming out of high school in Texas, Domio did not have any college offers.

In 2020, Domio only saw action in four games for Auburn and made a total of eight tackles.

This isn’t the first time a former Tiger has transferred to UCF since Malzahn took over the program. Prior to Domio, both defensive end Big Kat Bryant and running back Mark-Antony Richards made the move from Auburn to UCF.

Malzahn has not been afraid to dip into the transfer portal since taking over for the Knights. He recently said that the portal has completely changed the roster-building works at the college level. More specifically, a lot more advanced planning is necessary nowadays.

“It’s changed the landscape of college football recruiting,” Malzahn said about the transfer portal. “I think you’ll see more and more of that. You’ve got to be strategic. Plan ahead. Roster management is more of a challenge now than ever before.”

The NCAA introduced the portal on Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.

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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 are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.

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