April 1, 2022

2022 Transfer Portal Tracker: Predicting the 10 Best Prospects' Potential Landing Spots

The transfer portal has never been a bigger part of college football than it is now.

On almost a daily basis, recognizable names are entering the portal in order to find a better situation. There is a lot of talent currently in the portal, and as the years roll on, the role of the transfer portal will only grow. 

For now, we are here to rank the 10 best players currently in the portal, and we will give out three potential landing spots for each player. 

This list will change as each player finds their new home, but you can check out "graduating members" of our list at the bottom. 

Anyway, here are the best players currently in the transfer portal. 

10. Enock Makonzo, S/LB, Coastal Carolina

2021 Stats: 13 games, 67 tackles, 9.0 TFLs, one PD

Career Stats (2019-2021): 26 games, 146 tackles, 20.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, one PD

Enock Makonzo earned All-Sun Belt honors last season and during his collegiate career, he has split time at safety and linebacker. He was one of the highest-rated defensive players in the country, and he should find himself at a big-time program. 

Potential Landing Spots: Miami (FL), Texas, Georgia

9. Josh Chandler-Semedo, LB, West Virginia

2021 Stats: 13 games, 110 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions

Career Stats (2018-2021): 42 games, 257 tackles, 13 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions

One of the more experienced players in the portal, Chandler decided to use his COVID season to return to West Virginia. 

However, he shocked everyone when he announced his intentions to transfer. He had a breakout year last season for the Mountaineers, so it is likely he will land at a big-time program. 

As a Canton, OH native, Ohio State makes a lot of sense, especially since Ohio State is fairly weak in the linebacking room. But he has also been in contact with Texas and other Power Five programs. 

Potential Landing Spots: Ohio State, Texas, Miami

8. Camar Wheaton, RB, Alabama

Stats: N/A

Wheaton suffered a meniscus injury that knocked him out for the season before he could ever see the field. 

The 5-star recruit was the No. 3 running back in his class, and with a lot of talent coming into the Alabama program, Wheaton decided to open back up his recruitment. 

As of now, Wheaton has only taken one official visit, and that was at SMU. He is reportedly very interested in SMU, but he is expected to take a few more visits before he makes a decision. 

Potential Landing Spots: SMU, TCU, Texas Tech

7. Ochaun Mathis, EDGE, TCU

2021 Stats: 12 games, 45 tackles, four TFLs, two sacks, three PDs

Career Stats (2018-2021): 36 games, 133 tackles, 26.0 TFLs, 12.5 sacks, four PDs

One of the more experienced players in the portal, Mathis has been constantly solid off the edge for TCU since he arrived on campus. With one more year of eligibility, Mathis will look to improve his draft stock at a bigger school. 

Texas is the current favorite to land Mathis, and since he is from Texas, it is likely that he will stay in-state. However, USC is reportedly making a big run at Mathis as Lincoln Riley looks to beef up an already beefed-up roster through the transfer portal. 

Most recruiting experts still expect him to stay in-state and join a Texas program that has benefited greatly through the portal. 

Potential Landing Spots: Texas, USC, Texas A&M

6. Deion Smith, WR, LSU

Career Stats (2021): five games, 11 receptions, 186 receiving yards, 16.9 yards per catch, two touchdowns

Smith was a true freshman this season and was one of the top receivers in his class. He could never find consistent playing time, and with a new regime in LSU, he decided to reopen his recruiting process. 

Coming out of Mississippi, Smith was originally committed to Mississippi State, and with the emergence of Ole Miss, and Jackson State in the state of Mississippi, we can expect that his home state will be recruiting him hard. 

There is a rumor floating around that he is trying to clear up his academic situation in order to join Lane Kiffin and USC transfers Jaxson Dart and Michael Trigg at Ole Miss, but every program in his home state is certainly in play. 

Potential Landing Spots: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Jackson State

5. Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State

2021 Stats: four games, eight tackles, 1.0 TFL

Career Stats (2018-2021): 24 games, 43 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, one interception, two career touchdowns

Banks has one more year of eligibility after graduating from Ohio State this past December. He finally became a full-time starter for the Buckeyes in 2020 and he got some first-round buzz if he had a solid 2021. 

Instead, he was hurt for the majority of the year, and he fell down the depth chart. Banks is still a first-round talent, and he will absolutely get a lot of attention from some of the bigger-name programs in the country. 

Potential Landing Spots: Auburn, Florida, Oregon

4. Bru McCoy, WR, USC

Career Stats (2020-2021): Six games, 21 receptions, 236 receiving yards, 11.2 yards per catch, two touchdowns

McCoy originally committed to Texas before ending up at USC. However, this is his third time in the portal already, and the second time he will transfer out of USC. 

He has had a weird career filled with trouble on and off the field, but coming out of Mater Dei, McCoy certainly has the talent to be an impact player at a Power Five school. 

McCoy reportedly transferred out of Texas due to homesickness, so it is likely he will stay out west. However, he did just recently take a weekend visit to Tennessee, so honestly, who knows?

Potential Landing Spots: UCLA, Tennessee, Oregon

3. J.T. Daniels, QB, Georgia

2021 Stats: five games, 72.3 percent completion percentage, 722 yards, seven touchdowns, three interceptions

Career Stats (2018-2021): 21 games, 63.8 percent completion percentage, 4840 yards, 32 touchdowns, 16 interceptions

The J.T. Daniels story is a wild one. Starting off at USC as a highly-rated recruit, he showed flashes in his freshman season, but an injury turned the offense over to Kedon Slovis, and Daniels decided to transfer to Georgia. 

He started the final few games of 2020 and then was named the starter for the 2021 season. After a few starts, Stetson Bennett took over because of an injury, and the rest is history.

Daniels is once again in the portal, and I would be surprised if he didn't once again land at a big program.

Potential Landing Spots: Oregon State, Missouri, West Virginia

2. Tyler Steen, OT, Vanderbilt

Career Stats (2018-2021): 36 Starts

Tyler Steen has started at both right and left tackle over his 26 career starts, and he is one of the most coveted offensive linemen in the portal. 

His younger brother, Blake just recently committed to Virginia, and there have been some rumblings that he might join his brother. He is also an offensive tackle, so it would be pretty cool if both tackle spots are occupied by brothers. However, he has also gotten some love from schools in the SEC, Big-10, and Pac-12.

Potential Landing Spots: Virginia, Alabama, LSU

1. Keidron Smith, CB, Ole Miss

2021 Season Stats: 11 games, 65 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, two interceptions

Career Stats (2018-2021): 45 games, 224 tackles, 8.0 TFLs, five interceptions

Coming out of Florida, Smith was only a three-star recruit, but after four seasons with the Rebels, he has quickly become one of the top defensive backs in the portal. Smith has officially narrowed his options down to four teams.

Smith played 11 games for Ole Miss last season and graded out very well, as he did his entire career with the Rebels. 

Potential Landing Spots: Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, Virginia Tech

Graduating Members:

1. Spencer Rattler, QB: Oklahoma-----South Carolina (12/13/21)

2. Eli Ricks, CB: LSU-----Alabama (12/15/21)

3. Dillion Gabriel, QB: UCF-----UCLA (12/16/21)-----Oklahoma (01/04/22)

4. Miles Frazier, OT: FIU-----LSU (12/16/21)

5. Bo Nix, QB: Auburn-----Oregon (12/19/21)

6. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB: Georgia Tech-----Alabama (12/21/21)

7. Marcus Banks, CB: Alabama-----Mississippi State (12/22/21)

8. Kedon Slovis, QB: USC-----Pitt (12/22/21)

9. Ryan Watts, CB: Ohio State-----Texas (12/22/21)

10. Victor Oluwatimi, OL: Virginia-----Michigan (12/27/21)

11. Branden Jennings, LB: Maryland-----Kansas State (01/02/22)

12. Jacob Cowing, WR: UTEP-----Arizona (01/03/22)

13. Zach Evans, RB: TCU-----Ole Miss (01/06/22)

14. Connor Bazelak, QB: Missouri-----Indiana (01/06/22)

15. Zach Calzada, QB: Texas A&M-----Auburn (01/06/22)

16. Casey Thompson, QB: Texas-----Nebraska (01/07/22)

17. Jared Verse, EDGE: Albany-----Florida State (01/07/22)

18. Jadan Blue, WR: Temple-----Virginia Tech (01/07/22)

19. Brandon Joseph, S: Northwestern-----Notre Dame (01/08/22)

20. Isaiah Neyor, WR: Wyoming-----Tennessee (01/08/22)-----Texas (01/20/22)

21. Cameron Ward, QB: Incarnate Word-----Washington State (01/10/22)

22. Kobe Hudson, WR: Aubrun-----UCF (01/12/22)

23. Montrell Johnson, RB: Louisiana-----Florida (01/13/22)

24. Mario Williams, WR: Oklahoma-----USC (01/15/22)

25. Jahleel Billingsley, TE: Alabama-----Texas (01/16/22)

26. Jaxon Players, DL: Tulsa-----Baylor (01/16/22)

27. Drew Sanders, LB: Alabama-----Arkansas (01/16/22)

28. O'Cyrus Torrence, OL: Lousiana-----Florida (01/17/22)

29. Brenden Rice, WR: Colorado-----USC (01/18/22) 

30. Mekhi Wingo, DL, Missouri-----LSU (01/18/22)

31. Ben Bryant, QB: Eastern Michigan-----Cincinnati (01/18/22)

32. Antonio Doyle, EDGE: Texas A&M-----Jackson State (01/19/22)

33. Travis Dye, RB: Oregon-----USC (01/21/22)

34. Javon Baker, WR: Alabama-----Kentucky (01/21/22)

35. Jermaine Burton, WR: Georgia-----Alabama (01/23/22)

36. Taj Harris, WR: Syracuse-----Rutgers(01/28/22)

37. Jaxson Dart, QB: USC-----Ole Miss (01/29/22)

38. Michael Trigg, TE: USC-----Ole Miss (01/29/22)

39. Dylan McDuffie, RB: Buffalo-----Buffalo (01/31/22)

40. Caleb Williams, QB: Oklahoma-----USC (02/01/22)

41. Shane Illingworth, QB: Oklahoma State-----Nevada (02/02/22)

42. Kameron Butler, EDGE: Miami (OH)-----Virginia (02/18/22)

43. Jayden Daniels, QB: Arizona State-----LSU (03/06/22)

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