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Transfer portal: Which QBs have committed? Who is still available?

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Games can be won or lost on the transfer portal, and no position matters more than the quarterback.

Since the first transfer window opened on Dec. 5, we have seen a flurry of movement in college football, with many high-profile quarterbacks moving to new schools.

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If you’re having trouble keeping track of everything, don’t worry. Below, we’ve rounded up the most notable quarterback transitions from conference to conference, as well as the most popular signal players still available.

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AAS

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    Houston: Donovan Smith (Texas Institute of Technology)

  • Reece: JT Daniels (West Virginia)

  • UTSA: Owen McKeown (CO)

Smith has started several games over the past two seasons with Texas Tech and now has a chance to take the place of longtime Houston starter Clayton Tune. Meanwhile, Daniels is on his way to his fourth school after stops at the University of Southern California, Georgia, and West Virginia. Daniels will help Rice move to AAC from Conference USA.

ACC

  • Clemson: Paul Tyson (Arizona State)

  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Haynes King (Texas A&M)

  • Louisville: Jack Plummer (CA)

  • State of North Carolina: Brennan Armstrong (Virginia)

  • Pitt: Phil Yurkovec (Boston College)

  • Pitt: Christian Veye (D-Pennsylvania)

  • Virginia: Tony Muskett (Monmouth)

  • Virginia Tech: Kyron Drons (Baylor)

Pitt was able to add a quarterback for the following year, and possibly his own quarterback in the future, with commitments from Yurkovets and Veie. Yurkovec began his career at Notre Dame and then spent three seasons at Boston College. Veye, meanwhile, is a former four-star rookie who was the No. 3 player at Penn State this season.

For Plummer, Louisville was the obvious fit. Plummer began his career at Purdue, where he played under new UL head coach Jeff Brom. The Cardinals needed a quarterback after Malik Cunningham left for the NFL.

King won a starting position at Texas A&M after preseason camp for the past two seasons, and now he has a chance to start his career at Georgia Tech.

Armstrong chose to stay with the ACC. He spent five seasons in Virginia and four of them were with Robert Anae as his offensive coordinator. With Anae now in North Carolina, the wolf pack is a perfect match for Armstrong, who has thrown over 9,000 yards in his career.

Quarterback Phil Yurkovec will play for Pitt next season after spending three years at Boston College.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Quarterback Phil Yurkovec will play for Pitt next season after spending three years at Boston College. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Big 12

  • BYU: Kedon Slovis (Pitt)

  • Cincinnati: Emory Jones (Arizona State)

  • Oklahoma State: Alan Bowman (Michigan)

Two new members of the Big 12 added veteran quarterbacks. Slovis heads to BYU after stops at USC and Pitt. Jones is also in his third high school, having selected Cincinnati after starting his career in Florida and playing for ASU in 2022.

big ten

  • Illinois: Luke Altmeier (Ole Miss)

  • Iowa: Cade McNamara (Michigan)

  • Nebraska: Jeff Sims (Georgia Tech)

  • Purdue: Hudson Card (TX)

  • Wisconsin: Nick Evers (Oklahoma)

  • Wisconsin: Tanner Mordecai (SMU)

There will be several newcomers to the Big Ten next season, including McNamara, who moved from Michigan to Iowa. Wisconsin quickly updated the quarterback room under new coach Luke Fickell. Mordechai threw for over 7,000 yards in two seasons as an SMU starter, while Evers earned four stars in the 2022 class.

Card could be a good fit for new Purdue coach Ryan Walters. Walters hired Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator and Card could have been a perfect fit after being an understudy in Texas.

Independent

  • Notre Dame: Sam Hartman (Wake Forest)

Hartman played five seasons at Wake Forest, playing a total of 48 games. He started in 2018 as a real freshman, was an understudy for Jamie Newman in 2019, and then returned to the starting role for the last three seasons. During that time, Hartman threw for 12,967 yards and had 110 touchdowns. He may have been the No. 1 quarterback in the transfer market.

mountain west

  • Fresno State: Mikey Keane (UCF)

  • Nevada: Brandon Lewis (Colorado)

Fresno State is losing Jake Hayner, but the addition of Keane from the UCF should soften the blow caused by Hayner’s absence. Keane threw for 2,377 yards and threw for 23 touchdowns in his last two seasons with the Knights.

Pak-12

  • Arizona State: Drew Pine (Notre Dame)

  • Colorado: Schedeur Sanders (Jackson State)

  • Oregon State: DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson)

  • UCLA: Colleen Schley (Kent State)

There will be a lot of really good quarterbacks in the Pac-12 next season with guys like Caleb Williams (USC), Bo Nicks (OR) and Michael Penix (Washington). This group of transfers replenishes this personnel reserve.

Pine started most of the season at Notre Dame, Sanders follows his father, Deion Sanders, from Jackson State to Boulder, and Wiagaleley is looking for a fresh start at Corvallis after two years in Clemson’s starting lineup. For UCLA, Schley could prove to be a valuable addition if five-star freshman Dante Moore isn’t ready to start right away.

Quarterback DJ Wiagaleley moved to Oregon State after spending the last two seasons as a starter for Clemson.  (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
Quarterback DJ Wiagaleley moved to Oregon State after spending the last two seasons as a starter for Clemson. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

SPK

  • Arkansas: Jacolby Criswell (NC)

  • Florida: Graeme Merz (Wisconsin)

  • Kentucky: Devin Leary (D-North Carolina)

With the departure of Anthony Richardson to the NFL, Florida will have a new starter in 2023. It might be Mertz, who had a run-and-go career in Wisconsin after becoming the best rookie quarterback ever to sign with the Badgers.

Meanwhile, Leary was one of the most coveted QBs on the portal. He started part of four seasons at North Carolina State and is set to take the place of NFL-affiliated Will Lewis in Kentucky.

solar belt

  • South Georgia: Davis Breen (Tulsa)

  • State of Texas: Malik Hornsby (Arkansas)

Which transfer defenders are still available?

  • Hank Bachmeier (Boise State)

  • Connor Bazelak (Ind.)

  • Zach Calzada (Auburn)

  • Chance Nolan (Oregon)

  • Chandler Rogers (LL Monroe)

  • Spencer Sanders (D-Oklahoma)

  • Mike Wright (Vanderbilt)

Sanders is the biggest name left on the board.

Sanders started four seasons at Oklahoma State and has 9,553 passes, 1,956 yards and 85 touchdowns in his career.

Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall, a three-time Sunbelt Player of the Year, originally entered the portal but reportedly took his name off on New Year’s Day.

Sam Hartman (10) has been with Wake Forest for the past five years but is now on the transfer portal.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Sam Hartman (10) has played for Wake Forest for the past five years but is now on the transfer portal. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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