1. Dante Cephas, WR, Kent State
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 25
Cephas says 247Sports he wants to be enrolled in a school in January. ESPN’s Pete Thamel recently reported that Pittsburgh has become the expected landing spot for the Portal’s best available player. Cephas signed with Kent State in the 2019 class and had a breakout season in 2021 when he caught 82 passes for 1,240 yards and nine touchdowns. This season, he followed that up with 48 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns.
2. Gilbert Edmond, Edge, South Carolina
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 38
One of the few starting pass throwers for the Gamecocks to enter the transfer portal this cycle, Edmond recently recapped a visit to Florida State, where he could join former South Carolina tight end Jaheim Bell. . Florida and LSU are also reportedly involved with Edmond, who is coming off his best season in South Carolina. He told Noles247 that he expected to be enrolled somewhere in the spring semester.
3. Brennan Armstrong, QB, Virginia
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 44
Armstrong heads to NC State in his current 247Sports Crystal Ball. National Reporter Chris Hummer projects Armstrong to the Wolfpack. Auburn, NC State and Oklahoma State all use the services of Armstrong, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel. NC State is looking for a replacement for the quarterback Devin Learywho was transferred to Kentucky.
Armstrong, a career college passer for 9,000 yards, is a graduate transfer. Armstrong has thrown for 2,210 yards and seven touchdowns against 12 interceptions this season for the Cavaliers, who have played just 10 games on the schedule. Armstrong stepped back after head coach Bronco Mendenhall retired, which led to an offensive coordinator Robert Anae departure for Syracuse.
4. Dont’e Thornton, WR, Oregon
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 49
Thornton was reportedly “impressed” with a recent visit to Arkansas. The Razorbacks are believed to be one of many teams in the mix. As detailed Duck Territory, Thornton was a highly touted four-star WR in the Class of 2021, ranking as the 57th best player in the nation. He started his career alongside his fellow receiver troy franklin. Thornton played sparingly as a freshman, just four games, but played 11 games in the 2022 season. In the final four games of the season, Thornton caught nine passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. Against Utah on Nov. 19, Thornton had a career-best performance at Oregon, catching four passes for 151 yards.
5. Duce Chestnut, S, Syracuse
6. Matt Lee, Occupational Therapist, UCF
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 68
The Portal’s best available offensive lineman, Matt Lee, is visiting Miami this weekend. Lee recently visited Oklahoma. Per Inside The U, the The three-year-old starter with the Knights and Orlando native has played nearly 2,800 snaps in his career and has been excellent in 2022, earning a 90.6 blocking rating according to Pro Football Focus. Lee also didn’t allow a sack or a quarterback, per PFF, and was also a very effective run blocker with an 80.6 rating in that regard.
7. Arland Bruce, WR, Iowa
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 91
Bruce was the second wide receiver from Iowa to enter the portal last month, joining former four-star Keagan Johnson. Bruce, who has been one of Iowa’s leading wide receivers for the past two years, finished the season with 19 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 12 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. Iowa’s offense has retreated in 2022 and it’s been tough to get things going, especially in the air.
8. Davon Sears, DL, Texas State
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 94
Sears is said to be ready to announce its decision in the coming days after a visit to Tennessee, among others. He is one of two coveted passers from Texas State in the portal that is attracting great interest in Power Five. By GoVols247, tHe is 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds recently posted on his Twitter account that he is “joining on the 9th,” which is Monday. After two visits this week, Sears said it doesn’t yet have a favorite in mind among its top three favorites. The redshirt sophomore was a regular contributor this fall for the Bobcats.
9. Levi Bell, DL, Texas State
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 109
One of the portals Possible hidden gems, according to Hummer, Bell is a converted linebacker and former transfer from Louisiana Tech who has dominated this season at forward for Texas State. The Bobcats noticed Bell right away because he’s from Cedar Park, Texas. They saw Bell had 13 pressures in just four games — a rare inside pressure rate — and they saw him flash in Louisiana Tech’s season opener against Mississippi State. This game showed Texas State director of player personnel Connor Anderson that Bell could stand up to the best competition.
“The first thing that stands out about Levi is his engine,” Anderson said in an interview with 247Sports. “He’s non-stop. There were even a few plays against Mississippi State against a left tackle in the first round (Charles Cross), where they could have him on the ground, but he gets up and continues. Each game is at exactly the same speed.
10. Malik Hornsby, QB, Arkansas
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 114
Hornsby was a four-star rookie in the 2020 cycle. But he only recorded 59 games in three seasons during his time in Fayetteville behind KJ Jefferson. This season, Hornby has gone 13 of 27 for 268 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He rushed for 172 yards on 31 carries. Before the season Arkansas head coach Sam Pitman detailed his approach to getting Hornsby to play in multiple positions to utilize his athleticism. That allowed Hornsby to catch two assists this fall.
11. Abdul Janneh, WR, Duquesne
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 119
This 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect has a chance to elevate his competition after entering the transfer portal. The second, who entered during the FCS window, has already landed scholarship offers from UCF, Virginia Tech, Washington State, North Carolina State, Coastal Carolina and others, by VT Scoop. Janneh led Duquesne with 44 catches for 604 yards and nine touchdowns this season and is one of the highest-ranked pass catchers still available in January.
12. Damieon George, OL, Alabama
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 131
Damien George— 6-foot-6, 333-pound offensive lineman — Has played in just two games this season, appearing in the first two games of the year against Utah State and Texas. This comes after he phas played 12 games in the 2021 campaign, including three starts. George started at right tackle in Alabamathe final games of the regular season against New Mexico State, Arkansas and Auburn. Elsewhere, in the right system, George should be a Day 1 starter.
13. Ish Harris, LB, Texas A&M
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 133
Harris entered the portal in early December after playing no games this season for the Aggies. By GigEm247, Harris has been assessed as a four-star prospect by 247Sports as the 53rd top prospect statewide in the Aggies’ 2022 recruiting class. As a high school senior, Harris recorded 57 tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery in 10 games. However, like most small-town phenoms, he also worked hard on the offensive end of the ball, rushing for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns and adding 19 catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns. As a junior, he was named Offensive MVP for the Texas District 4-3A DI with 1.788 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He also played basketball and ran track.
14. Spencer Sanders, QB, Oklahoma State
Overall Transfer Ranking: No. 134
Sanders entered the portal in December after four seasons as Mike Gundy’s starter in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the latest indications suggest the former Cowboys signalman may be tied to the SEC. Pete Thamel reported Monday at College GameDay that Auburn and Ole Miss have expressed interest in Sanders, who guided Oklahoma State to 12 wins and a Big 12 Championship Game appearance in the 2021 season. . The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Sanders have started for the Cowboys each of the past four seasons. He threw for 9,553 yards in his career to go along with 67 touchdowns, but those numbers came with inconsistent play. Turnovers were an issue — especially early in his cowboy career — a Sanders had 40 interceptions during his Oklahoma state.
15. John Paul Richardson, WR, Oklahoma State (#151 overall)
16. Truman JonesEdge, Harvard (#157 overall)
17. Marquis Robinson, DL, Auburn (#165 overall)
18. Kyle Williams, WR, UNLV (No. 184 in total)
19. Hank BachmeierQB, Boise State (#189 overall)
20. Decoldest CrawfordWR, Nebraska (#191 overall)
The starting quarterback for Boise State this season for the first month, Bachmeier entered the portal in September. Bachmeier was in the middle of his fourth season with the Broncos, having top-to-bottom performances in four games. This came on the heels of the school’s dismissal offensive coordinator Tim Plow after a loss to UTEP. In four games, Bachmeier had completed 54.3% of his passes for 497 yards and six touchdowns for three interceptions. In four seasons (29 games) with Boise State, Bachmeier had 6,605 yards for 41 touchdowns on 19 interceptions and a 61.5 percent completion rate.
Chris Hummer, Dean Straka and Cameron Salerno contributed to this report.