2023 Transfer Portal: Latest post on the highest rated QBs available
Fact of the day in the transfer portal: Four of the last six Heisman Trophy winners have been transfer quarterbacks.
The quarterback’s movement is very important in college football. With the 2023 Transfer Gate tournament moving at a fast pace, it’s time to check out some of the best midfielders on the market. Here’s the latest we hear from 247Sports.
Devin LearyQB, NC State
247 Sports Transfer Ranking: No. 1 QB
Seen as an early draft pick that season, Leary performed well for NC State before a season-ending injury. He finished the 2022 season with 1,265 yards passing, 11 touchdowns against 4 interceptions while completing 64% of his passes. with the MJ Morris The era starting at NC State, Leary chose to go into the gate.
There was a lot of smoke around Leary on this course, tying it up with places like Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Missouri. But industry sources cited 247 Sports narrowing Kentucky to Leary as their highest goaltender in the gate. The Cats Pause reported earlier this week that Leary was on campus in Lexington for a visit.
The Wildcats need to replace their outgoing QB Will Levis, and Leary would provide a bridge to the NFL cap. Other teams, like Auburn, can still find their way into the mix with Leary, too.
It is worth noting that Kentucky was willing to host the former Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz, who also made a trip to Florida.
Grayson McCallQB, Coastal Carolina
247 Sports Transfer Ranking: No. 2 QB
The most productive QB in the gate, McCall finished his career at Coastal Carolina with 8,019 yards and 78 touchdowns against just 8 interceptions. He also completed 70.4% of his passes for an average of 10.3 yards per attempt. These are elite numbers.
So far, Auburn has emerged as a team McCall has faded solidly. 247Sports’ Brandon Marcelo reported earlier this week that McCall will be making an official visit to The Plains, pressing ahead with the NCAA season finale that begins Monday. I’ve also heard positive things about McCall and Auburn talking to sources. He is believed to be an excellent scheme suitable for Hugh Friese’s crime.
It’s also worth mentioning Liberty as a possible destination. The Flames, led by former head coach McCall Jamie Shadwellmakes a lot of sense if McCall wants to continue what has proven to be a highly productive system.
Colin ShelleyQB, Kent State
247 Sports Transfer Ranking: No. 4 QB
Unless you love MAC Midweek Football, you probably haven’t heard of Schlee. But he’s been a common name in college recruiting circles ever since he decided to hit the transfer portal last week. A first-year starter for the Golden Flashes, Shelley finished the season with an overall grade of 88.1 PFF, ranking him the No. 16 QB in the country, and only one spot behind McCall. He played great competition as well, doing well against Washington, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
The team to watch here is UCLA, which is where he’s currently visiting, according to the source. Schlee has been offered several programs thus far, but I think the Bruins are in excellent shape for him.
Brennan ArmstrongQB, Virginia
247 Sports Transfer Ranking: No. 6
Armstrong is an interesting case. Just two years ago, he led the Power Five with 4,449 yards while kicking 31 touchdowns while completing 65.2% of his passes. Then his head coach, offensive coordinator, and half of Virginia’s offensive line left. And 2022 is not going well as a result. Armstrong has been one of the worst P5 QBs this season, he has thrown nearly twice as many INTs (12) as he has touchdowns (7) with a completion percentage of just 54.7%.
This erratic play makes Armstrong a difficult assessment. But most teams view 2022 more as an aberration than a trend, and it certainly has some interest. Armstrong paid an official state visit to Oklahoma earlier this week, according to a source, and is currently in Wisconsin for a visit.
Badgers are looking to replace Mertz. New attack coordinator Phil Longo, who directs the air raid, seems to fit in naturally with Armstrong. The Ohio product is also seen in the geographic suitability of what Luke Fickell would like to build. Cowboys, who will replace Spencer Sandersalso operates a fast-paced deployment system that matches what Armstrong did in Virginia in 2021.
Both teams would like to land Armstrong as they look to reset offensively.
Other QB cases to watch
Our Lady: Things have been relatively quiet in the midfield with Notre Dame, but that doesn’t mean the Irish aren’t shopping. Notre Dame will add someone out of season. Former Texas QB Hudson Card is the name that comes up most often when the Irish are talking to people across the industry, but there are a few other QB options that might eventually come up.
flThe Gators are also widely expected to add at least one quarterback this season. And, like Notre Dame, they are expected to be at the top of the list for the many signal-callers who choose to enter the gate.
Speaking of QBs who can choose to enter the gate, it’s worth mentioning Tulane Michael Pratt Wissam Harman of Wake Forest. I’ve mentioned Pratt before as someone who is likely to enter the gate. There has been a lot of industry chatter about this as a possibility. But it is currently unknown if Pratt will return to school, test the NFL draft waters or transfer. Hartmann is in a similar situation. The difference is his head coach, Dave ClawsonHe pitched the idea to the world last week.
“But the way the name-image-likeness market works, in some cases as eligible guys stay, they might have the opportunity to make more money by going to another school for a year then by going to the NFL,” Clawson said, per the Deacon Devil summary. “In this case, we can’t blame them. Whatever decision Sam makes, we support him. I think right now his intention is to go to the NFL, but when the bowl game is over, if there’s an incredible offer for him to go to another school and get Life changing money, how can we go wrong with that. It’s a good deal. He’ll have many good options.”
If Hartman and Pratt get into the gate, I expect Notre Dame and Florida to be very interested.
Nebraska: It is still not clear whether Casey Thompson They will be back in school for the 2023 season, so the Huskers have been looking at potential replacement options. Former Georgia Tech QB Jeff Sims He was on campus last week for an official visit, per Huskers247, and Nebraska is currently hosting the former Arkansas QB Owner Hornsby.
University of California: As mentioned, the Bruins had Kent State’s Colin Schley on campus and I can also report that they also hosted DJ Uiagalelei, an LA native. The Bruins may be whalers in the class of 2023 (can they flip Oregon State’s Dante Moore?), but regardless, they have to replenish the quarterback room that’s losing Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
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