Oh, you're right. I always think of the 4-2-4 transfer from a DII perspective - and its different from the DI rule. At the DII level recruits don't need to graduate from their junior college, they only need to pass full course loads for two semesters. I guess I never looked close enough at these transfers (a la Ben Finklestien transferring via the USHL as a So. not a Fr.) and always assumed hockey had a similar rule or a year in residence loop hole...
It would not be outside of the realm of possibility one could transfer to a junior college and take classes during the second semester, a summer semester and the following fall semester and graduate in December - but that would take a lot of work and (after your clarification) the fact that Budy is still not yet committed probably indicates he is not on that path...
So that leaves UNH in a bind for next season. Here are a few of the better options (not including Europe) left, bearing in mind that Kallionkieli is probably committed by now if he had designs on playing college hockey this coming season (perhaps at all). He would be the home-run swing and maybe the only long ball left...
Marcus Kallionkieli - https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe...s-kallionkieli
* Helsinki, Finland (Holds Finnish AND Brazilian citizenship)
* Crazy potential - 29 as a 17 year old much of the season in USHL
* Projected top-3 round NHL pick this summer
* Exactly the type UNH should jump on earlier than others - give him an opp a year ahead of schedule (as their only real shot at this point)
Ethian Scardina - https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe...ethan-scardina
* 15th leading goal scorer in BCHL (26) at 18
* Played at Delta Hockey Academy with Budy (which would give him two friends at UNH come 2020)
Levi Glassman - https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe...5/levi-glasman
* Back-to-Back 20-goal seasons in the BCHL