Top Ten Transfer Portal Acquisitions Thus Far in College Football

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Top Ten Transfer Portal Acquisitions Thus Far in College Football


Top Ten Transfer Portal Acquisitions Thus Far in College Football


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The landscape of college athletics has completely changed with the addition of the transfer portal. Every year, there are thousands of players that enter their names into the portal and head to a new team looking for a fresh start. Here are the top 10 portal additions heading into the 2023 season.


1. Sam Hartman, Quarterback: Wake Forest to Notre Dame

It may be a little controversial to have Hartman ranked as the top transfer portal addition. However, it feels like Notre Dame is a quarterback away from being able to compete with the top teams in the nation. The last time Notre Dame had a top quarterback was DeShone Kizer back in 2016. Hartman brings in 110 touchdown passes and 12,967 yards to South Bend with hopes of taking the offense to another level. 


2. Travis Hunter, Receiver: Jackson State to Colorado 

Travis Hunter is the best player to enter the portal this offseason. The reason he isn’t at one is because I am unsure of the on-field impact he will have to a Colorado team that is in total rebuild mode. However, he is the best player, and he has the chance to be a culture changer along with the player you will see later in this list. Colorado needs as much talent as it can get, and Deion Sanders has managed some of the best of the best in just one offseason. 


3. Devin Leary, Quarterback: NC State to Kentucky

As with Hartman, I am prioritizing quarterbacks given their impact on the field, and Leary is one of the best quarterbacks to enter the portal this season. Kentucky loses their starter of the previous two seasons in Will Levis, and Leary will fill that void. In 2021, Leary was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and set a school single season record for touchdown passes with 35. With Liam Coen back in Lexington, expect big things from Devin Leary in 2023. 

4. Dorian Singer, Wide receiver: Arizona to USC

USC desperately needs another receiver to aid in replacing first round pick Jordan Addison. Singer will slide in right next to Mario Williams to form one of the best receiver duos in college football alongside the best quarterback in college football in Caleb Williams. 


5. Shedeur Sanders, Quarterback: Jackson State to Colorado 

As previously stated with Travis Hunter, Colorado needs culture changers and I think Shedeur Sanders is absolutely that. Joining his father in Boulder, Sanders comes in and will likely start right away. He brings nearly 80 touchdowns over two years to Colorado and could skyrocket into the Heisman conversation if things go well as expected. 

6. Fentrell Cypress, Cornerback: Virginia to Florida State

Florida State took a massive step forward in year three under Mike Norvell. In hopes of winning the ACC in 2023, Norvell added Fentrell Cypress to the team via the Virginia Cavaliers. Cypress is an All-ACC corner and should fill in at a starting corner spot from day one for the Seminoles. This was a tremendous, impactful addition to a team that is hoping to win the ACC in 2023.  


7. Dominic Lovett and Rara Thomas, Wide receivers: Lovett: Missouri to Georgia/Thomas: Mississippi State to Georgia

I am cheating by including Dominic Lovett and Rara Thomas as a package. Georgia lost a lot of receiving talent this offseason. Kenny McIntosh, Darnell Washington, AD Mitchell, and Kearis Jackson are all out. The Dawgs needed to restock the cupboards, and they did just that by adding Dominic Lovett and Rara Thomas in the transfer portal. They will likely slot in next to Brock Bowers and Lad McConkey in the weapons arsenal. 


8. Tanner Mordecai, Quarterback: SMU to Wisconsin

Tanner Mordecai has been around the block a time or two. Originally starting at Oklahoma, he transferred to SMU after three seasons in Norman. At SMU, he lit it up, throwing for over 3,500 yards in both seasons as a Mustang. He also added 76 total touchdowns. Luke Fickell adding Mordecai to his new offense could be the kick-start for the new era in Madison. 

9. Dont’e Thornton, Wide receiver: Oregon to Tennessee 

Dont’e Thornton doesn’t have much production over his first two seasons at Oregon. However, he will get the chance to thrive in Josh Heupel’s scheme in Knoxville. Tennessee lost their top two receivers to the NFL and needs someone to step up and help fill the void left by Cedric Tillman and Jalin Hyatt. I believe Thornton could be in for a massive junior season, so buy your stock now. 


10. Jaheim Bell, Tight End: South Carolina to Florida State

Florida State killed it in the portal. Jordan Travis is back at quarterback and FSU is gearing up for a run at an ACC title. Jaheim Bell enters the fray and adds just another weapon to a potentially great offense in 2023. 


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