College Football Transfer Portal Tracker: 2023 Updates & News

The 2022 College Football season is under wraps and the college football transfer portal is going to be active. Keep up to date on all the College Football transfer portal news.

College Football Transfer Portal Tracker

The news cycle never sleeps for college football this time of year between bowl appointments, draft declarations, and most importantly, the craziness of the new age transfer portal. This article will focus on the latter as I’ll provide the latest information on the top transfer names to watch. Let’s get to work.

Quarterbacks

QB Devin Leary, NC State

This season didn’t go according to plan for NC State or their quarterback Leary, and his numbers crashed across the board. His passer rating dropped from 112.3 to 90.7 and his PFF grade dropped from 84.6 to 68.4. Leary had 35 touchdowns to just five interceptions in 2021, and he will undoubtedly have interest from quarterback-needy Power Five teams.

QB Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

One of my favorite players in college football, Grayson McCall earned two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year considerations due to his outstanding capabilities. McCall threw for 78 touchdowns to just eight interceptions at Coastal Carolina. With future NFL aspirations, McCall’s landing spot will be fascinating.

QB D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson

Things started decently well for D.J. Uiagalelei in his second season, but the quarterback completed just 27.6% of his passes against South Carolina and was benched in the ACC Championship against North Carolina. His fall from grace as a former five-star recruit and the top quarterback in the 2020 class has been fascinating.

QB Hudson Card, Texas

Hudson Card filled in admirably for Texas when Quinn Ewers was injured earlier this year as he completed 68.8% of his passes for 928 yards and six touchdowns to one interception. However, with Arch Manning set to arrive and Ewers still in Austin, the writing was on the wall for him. TCU is considered the favorite to land the local product.

QB Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State

As part of a mass exodus of talent from Oklahoma State, Spencer Sanders, a four-year starter, entered his name in the transfer portal. The upcoming super senior will have one final year of eligibility. Sanders saw his stats decline in 2022, but he still threw for 2,642 yards and 17 touchdowns to 9 interceptions.

QB Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech

Jeff Sims has two remaining seasons of eligibility, and the dual-threat quarterback had a combined 1,417 passing and rushing yards in 2022. Sims has been linked to Indiana and Virginia Tech so far, and that makes sense as those teams could use a shot in the arm on offense.

QB Brennan Armstrong, Virginia

One year after being a dark horse NFL draft candidate, Brennan Armstrong’s stats took a hit as Virginia replaced Robert Anae, now Syracuse’s offensive coordinator, with Desmond Kitchings. Armstrong’s completion rate dropped by over 10% and he threw for just 2,210 yards and seven touchdowns in ten games.

Running Backs

RB Ray Davis, Vanderbilt

Ray Davis seemingly came from out of nowhere with a massive 2022 season in which he ran for 1,042 yards and five touchdowns. After transferring from Temple, he had just 211 yards in 2021 before breaking out this past season. Davis has been linked to Kentucky and Oklahoma State so far.

RB Dillon Johnson, Mississippi State

In a bizarre Twitter announcement, Dillon Johnson shared that he was entering the transfer portal and took a shot at head coach Mike Leach, saying “I am not very tough, and Leach is glad I am leaving.” Johnson finished the season with 773 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.

Wide Receivers

WR Dorian Singer, Arizona

After a massive season with 66 catches for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns, it was only a matter of time before Dorian Singer put his name in the transfer portal. The All-Pac-12 Second Team wideout already has offers from several big-time programs including Oklahoma, Penn State, Miami, and Arkansas.

WR RaRa Thomas, Mississippi State

With 44 catches for 626 yards and seven touchdowns last year, RaRa Thomas was among the more productive wide receivers in the SEC. He’ll be highly sought after with his deep threat speed and physicality after the catch.

WR Dominic Lovett, Missouri

Despite facing SEC defenses and playing in an offense that wasn’t lighting up the scoreboard on a weekly basis, Dominic Lovett caught 56 passes for 846 yards and three touchdowns last year. The former four-star recruit is expected to see interest from Colorado, LSU, and Tennessee, among others.

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WR Dante Cephas, Kent State

One of my favorite MAC players lately, Dante Cephas has caught 130 passes for 1,986 yards over the past two seasons. The First-Team All-MAC receiver is set to receive plenty of interest from top-tier Power Five programs and already has offers from Georgia, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, among several others.

WR Dont’e Thornton, Oregon

As part of Oregon’s ninth-ranked scoring offense, Dont’e Thornton finished with 17 catches for 366 yards and a touchdown. Four of those catches went for 20+ yards, and Thornton will be a strong addition to any team looking to run a vertical passing offense.

WR Jimmy Horn Jr., South Florida

Sophomore Jimmy Horn Jr. has already made an impression with 67 catches for 959 yards and four touchdowns through his first two college seasons. Horn was named to the All-AAC First Team as a return specialist, as well. Horn has reportedly narrowed his transfer list to four schools – Colorado, Houston, Penn State, and Texas A&M.

WR De’Zhaun Stribling, Washington State

Washington State’s leading receiver this season, sophomore De’Zhaun Stribling finished his first two collegiate seasons with 93 catches for 1,073 yards and ten touchdowns. Stribling has multiple years of eligibility remaining.

WR Elijah Spencer, Charlotte

Elijah Spencer’s collegiate career has started very strong. In 2021, he was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, and this past year he caught 57 passes for 943 yards and nine touchdowns. He’ll wind up somewhere in the Power Five.

Tight Ends

TE Rivaldo Fairweather, Florida International

A 6’5”, 245-lb tight end, Rivaldo Fairweather caught 28 balls for 426 yards and three touchdowns in 2022, and he can provide a significant boost to a Power Five team’s passing offense. Fairweather currently has offers from Auburn, Georgia Southern, Maryland, UConn, and East Carolina.

TE Kyle Morlock, DII Shorter University

In three seasons at Shorter University, Kyle Morlock caught 57 passes for 890 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2022, he had his best season with 30 catches for 446 yards and six scores. Morlock announced he was entering the transfer portal on November 22 and already has offers from several big programs including Tennessee, LSU, Oklahoma, and several more.

Offensive Linemen

OT Ajani Cornelius, Rhode Island

Certainly not a household name at this point, Ajani Cornelius has offer from at least 23 FBS programs as one of the most highly coveted players in the country. Cornelius broke out in 2022, finishing with an 89.5 PFF grade, which was the second-highest of any offensive lineman in the FCS. Against Pitt in Week 4, he didn’t allow a single pressure as he faced several future NFL draft picks. Cornelius is a future NFL-caliber tackle.

IOL Javion Cohen, Alabama

A former four-star recruit and 247’s 25th-ranked offensive tackle in the 2020 class, Javion Cohen has started 25 of Alabama’s last 27 games at left guard. Cohen earned the highest PFF grade of his career in 2022 at 72.5, and he was especially good as a pass-blocker where he graded at 80.5 as he allowed no sacks on 337 pass-blocking snaps.

OT Myles Hinton, Stanford

While Hinton is a former four-star recruit, he struggled to establish consistent production at Stanford, but he progressed significantly in 2022. After allowing 23 total pressures and finishing with a 28.6 PFF pass-blocking grade in 2021, he allowed just five pressures and finished with a 63.1 PFF pass-blocking grade last year.

Defensive Linemen

DL Tunmise Adeleye, Texas A&M

A former four-star recruit, Tunmise Adeleye only played on 64 total snaps for Texas A&M this year, and they came in the first two games. However, Adeleye already has offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, and Miami, and he’s seemingly a coveted player in the transfer portal.

Linebackers

LB Mason Cobb, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State’s leading tackler in 2022, Mason Cobb made the most of his opportunity as a full-time player for the first time as he finished with 58 tackles and two sacks. He played on a team-high 863 of 950 total defensive snaps for the Cowboys, so he’s a major loss. Cobb has been linked to Texas A&M repeatedly.

Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi State

A key cog in the Bulldogs’ defense, Nathaniel Watson finished the 2022 season with 108 total tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception. The senior linebacker has one remaining year of eligibility and will likely be highly sought after.

Defensive Backs

CB Fentrell Cypress, Virginia

A former three-star recruit in 2019, Cypress earned an elite 87.6 PFF coverage grade this season, which ranked sixth among P5 cornerbacks with 100+ coverage snaps. He was also named second-team All-ACC as he led the conference with 14 pass breakups. Cypress allowed just 18 catches for 179 yards in coverage all season. He has been linked to Tennessee, Ole Miss, Syracuse, and Ohio State so far.

CB Tony Grimes, North Carolina

A five-star prospect out of high school, Grimes enrolled a year early at North Carolina in 2020. As such, he’s only 20 years old, but already has three seasons of college football under his belt. Grimes hasn’t quite lived up to the billing as such a high-profile prospect, but he can rediscover that form in a new setting.

CB Storm Duck, North Carolina

Aside from having one of the most unique names in college football, Storm Duck is one of the top cornerbacks available in the transfer market. It’s been an up-and-down season for him, but he flashed his elite upside against Georgia Tech when he allowed just one catch for three yards on 25 coverage snaps per PFF, earning an 88.4 grade in the process.

CB Denver Harris, Texas A&M

Harris was a former top-50 overall recruit in the 2023 class per 247, and while he flashed elite upside, he had a troubling season and was suspended twice throughout the year. Those off-field issues will limit his ultimate landing spot, but he could shine for the right team.

Transfer Portal Commits

LB Dasan McCullough, Indiana – Committed to Oklahoma

Previously a four-star recruit, Dasan McCullough finished his freshman season with 49 total tackles and tied for the team lead with four sacks. McCullough had been committed to Cincinnati since June, but Luke Fickell’s move to Wisconsin opened the door for him to go elsewhere and Oklahoma swooped in to secure his commitment.

IOL LaDarius Henderson, Arizona State – Committed to Michigan

Seemingly becoming offensive line U as of late, Michigan secured a coveted player in LaDarius Henderson. Current starting guards Trevor Keegan and Zak Zinter are both juniors, and the expectation is one or both will forego their remaining eligibility to declare for the NFL draft. Henderson played on 1,802 offensive snaps for Arizona State over the last four years.

QB Phil Jurkovec, Boston College – Committed to Pittsburgh

Once considered a potential NFL draft target, Phil Jurkovec will return for another season of college football after a difficult 2022 season. He’ll transfer to Pittsburgh where he’ll hope to be supported by a better offensive line than he dealt with this past season at Boston College.

LB Ernest Hausmann, Nebraska – Committed to Michigan

Ernest Hausmann got on the field for 475 snaps as a true freshman at Nebraska last year, and the former three-star recruit flashed elite ability in run defense and in pass coverage. With two remaining years of eligibility, don’t be surprised if Hausmann becomes a star for the Michigan defense.

CB Jonquis Hardaway, Cincinnati – Committed to Kentucky

The 2022 four-star prospect had a solid freshman season, but he only played on about 100 snaps and will be looking for a full-time role wherever he lands. Hardaway joined Kentucky’s defense where he’ll be coached by Mark Stoops and rising star defensive coordinator Brad White.

TE Jaheim Bell, South Carolina – Committed to Florida State

Previously considered one of the top tight ends in the upcoming NFL draft class, junior Jaheim Bell was held to just 25 catches for 231 yards and two touchdowns this year. He will be frustrated by his utilization in the offense, but now transferring to Florida State, we should expect a bigger season from him in an offense on an upward trajectory.

TE Erick All, Michigan – Committed to Iowa

In 2021, All caught 38 passes for 437 yards and two touchdowns, but he was sidelined by injury for much of the 2022 season. Now, he’ll follow quarterback Cade McNamara to Iowa where his high-end traits can hopefully shine. Iowa has developed high-level tight end prospects recently, so All’s future is bright.

WR Traeshon Holden, Alabama – Committed to Oregon

Once expected to be a huge difference-maker for Alabama this season, Holden finished with just 25 catches for 331 yards and six scores this year. However, Oregon has a handful of wide receivers transferring out, so Holden will step into an immediate role as one of Bo Nix’s top pass-catchers.

I've been writing about sports for Lineups since the beginning of 2020 and on my own website since 2018. In May 2021, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in sport management. With my educational background in the sports business and a strong knowledge of the inner workings of professional and collegiate sports, I hope to tell enthralling stories about the world of sports as it unfolds around me.

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