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January 21, 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. Chris Adimora, S, Texas

2021 Stats: eight games, 10 tackles, 0.5 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, two PDs

Career Stats (2019-2021): 23 games, 61 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, one interception, seven PDs

Adimora could never find consistent playing time for the Longhorns, but he is athletic and he hits very hard. His intimidation is his greatest skill set. You don't want to be running across the middle with Adimora looming.

Potential Landing Spots: Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech

9. 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: Notre Dame, Ole Miss, North Carolina

8. 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.

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

7. Travis Dye, RB, Oregon

2021 Stats: 14 games, 1,271 rushing yards, 6.0 yards per rush, 16 rushing touchdowns (18 total)

Career Stats (2018-2021): 48 games, 3,111 rushing yards, 6.0 yards per rush, 21 rushing touchdowns (29 total)

A lot of Oregon's success in 2021 could be attributed to Travis Dye. He was their best offensive weapon, and his 18 total touchdowns make him a lethal player out of the backfield.

There is no doubt that Dye will have a line of teams trying to get him to come to their program. Obviously, Miami has to be considered a favorite with Mario Cristobal now with the Hurricanes.

Potential Landing Spots: Miami (FL), LSU, USC

6. Javon Baker, WR, Alabama

2021 Season Stats: three games, seven catches, 101 yards, one touchdown

Career Stats (2020-2021): four games, nine catches, 116 yards, one touchdown

The Alabama program is losing a lot of talented players, but not many players that would have, or have made an impact on the team. Javon baker is another example. 

He has hardly played, but coming out of high school as a top recruit, he will get a lot of attention. 

Potential Landing Spots: Florida, Miami, LSU

5. Taj Harris, WR, Syracuse

2021 Season Stats: three games, 16 receptions, 171 receiving yards, 10.7 yards per reception

Career Stats (2018-2021): 151 receptions, 2028 receiving yards, 13.4 yards per reception, 10 touchdowns

Taj Harris is an incredibly talented wide receiver who shined at a school like Syracuse, so he is not necessarily a household name. Harris originally planned to transfer to Kentucky, but was forced to re-enter the portal due to eligibility reasons. 

Based on his talent, Harris will likely find himself at a power five program, and could find himself as a real candidate to be the first receiver taken in the 2023 draft if he shines at his new school. 

Potential Landing Spots: Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Michigan

4. Jermaine Burton, WR, Georgia

2021 Stats: 12 games, 26 receptions, 497 yards, 19.1 yards per catch, five touchdowns

Career Stats (2020-2021): 22 games, 53 receptions, 901 yards, 17.0 yards per catch, eight touchdowns

Jermaine Burton joined the Dawgs as a top 100 prospect for the 2020 class. Despite the lack of numbers, he was very good with Georgia, and was one of the best deep-theats in college football last season.

Rumors are floating that Alabama, the team he just beat in the National Championship game is making a hard push for him, but it is still unclear what Burton's intentions are.

Potential Landing Spots: Alabama, LSU, USC

3. Michael Trigg, TE, USC

2021 Stats (and career): four games, seven catches, 109 yards, one touchdown

Trigg was a top prospect coming out of the 2021 class, and he went viral almost immediately after arriving on campus. He showed off his athleticism that made the rounds when the decision was made to enter the portal. 

He did not play much, but the talent is clear. It is too early to project where he will go, but almost every school in the south recruited him. 

Potential Landing Spots: Ole Miss, Florida, Ohio State

2. Jaxson Dart, QB, USC

2021 Stats (and career): six games, 61.9% completion percentage, 7.2 yards per pass, 1,353 passing yards, nine touchdowns, five interceptions

One of the greatest high schoolers to ever come out of Utah was supposed to be the guy to lead the Trojans back to prominence. Instead, a lot of rumors are swirling of a top-tier talent coming in, so Jaxson Dart has decided to find a new home. 

He does not have a lot of experience in college ball, and his six games were very "meh" but based on his talent, he will get a lot of looks from some of the bigger schools. 

Potential Landing Spots: UCLA, Arizona, Auburn

1. Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma

2021 Stats (and career): 64.6% completion percentage, 9.0 yards per pass, 1,916 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, four interceptions

Caleb Williams announced via his Twitter account that he will enter the portal, but that does not mean that he will be leaving the Sooners. In this new age of college football player empowerment, Williams is looking for the best situation for his future.

Williams was the top-ranked quarterback in his class, and every school in the country that is not set at quarterback will be hitting up Williams. He only has one year of starting experience, but he completely revolutionized the Oklahoma offense when he took over for Spencer Rattler. 

The first thought on everyone's mind is that he will follow Lincoln Riley to USC, but it is more likely that he will look for a situation that is suited to win now. USC will get there under Riley, but they are not that type of program right now. 

Potential Landing Spots: Georgia, USC, LSU

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)

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)

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