10 College Football Transfer Portal fits and misfits
Who knew the transfer portal would become the beast that it did lately. Even during National Signing Day, teams held off on signing high school recruits in favor of more transfer portal players. Is this the new normal? It seems like we're headed that way. Transferring gives a player a new beginning in their career. Sometimes, things work out, while others didn't. There's no guarantee that you'll make the right choice, but the ones that do sometimes go down in history. Here are 10 players who picked new destinations that either work well at their new school, or I simply don't understand the choice.
McKenzie Milton (UCF to Florida State)
This one is highly contingent on Milton's health, but anything close to 100% makes this a great fit. Milton joins Mike Norvell, who created some of the best offenses we've seen in college football at Memphis, and that combination has lethal potential. He's recovering from a catastrophic injury in 2019, but Milton brings nearly 10,000 yards of total offense to Tallahassee.
Jacob Sirmon (Washington to Central Michigan)
It's not a surprise that Jim McElwain brought a big quarterback to campus. Sirmon (6'5", 240 pounds) reminds many of the Will Grier and Feleipe Franks days when McElwain was at Florida. It seems to be his type, and Sirmon fits the mold. While he didn't win the job at Washington, Central Michigan could use more of a deep threat in the arm behind center.
Tanner Mordecai (Oklahoma to SMU)
From one Air Raid to another, Mordecai joins another offense loaded with playmakers. His fellow former Sooner Grant Calcaterra joins him as well, making SMU a dangerous team once again. Mordecai must fend off incoming freshman Preston Stone for the starting job, but his experience in Norman should give him the edge. Mustangs fans get to watch another exciting offense, and once again it comes down to the defense doing its part.
Arik Gilbert (LSU to Florida)
There are definitely worse ways to replace Kyle Pitts. Gilbert, a 6'5", 250 pound monster joins an offense that loses a couple key playmakers like their tight end. In LSU's offense, he was quickly becoming one of the top pass catchers, and now joins an offense that's proven it will feature the tight end whenever possible. In his eight games with the Tigers, Gilbert caught 35 passes for 386 yards and two touchdowns.
Charleston Rambo (Oklahoma to Miami)
Rambo needed a fresh start, and he'll get one in Miami. The Canes pass catchers were young, and got even younger when tight end Brevin Jordan declared for the draft. Rambo averaged 17.3 yards per catch in 2019, and his speed gives Miami another deep threat. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee showed that he has plenty of creative ways to get his guys open, and getting a player like Rambo in the offense opens up another realm of possibilities.
Wanya Morris (Tennessee to Oklahoma)
Morris was one of the best tackles in the country last year, and he joins an Oklahoma team that's produced a number of NFL Draft picks up front over the past few years. Morris and Adrian Ealy two tackles that are tough to beat, and the Sooners were already going to be nearly impossible to stop offensively.
Logan Bonner (Arkansas State to Utah State)
Ifeanyi Maijeh (Temple to Rutgers)
Nyles Pinckney (Clemson to Minnesota)
Andrew Parchment (Kansas to Florida State)
Grant Calcaterra (Oklahoma/Auburn to SMU)
Jordan McCloud (USF to Arizona)
I can't knock the hustle here. McCloud used a 404-yard, four touchdown performance against UCF and turned it into a Power 5 offer. How he fits in the Arizona offense I'm not entirely sure, but he's going to need to find some form of consistency as a passer if he's going to win the job. Arizona's had a number of inconsistent quarterbacks lately, and the last thing they need is to get another one.
Shai Werts (Georgia Southern to Louisville)
Werts thrived at Georgia Southern, but decided he needed a change of scenery. His decision to go to Louisville doesn't really make sense. The Cardinals already have a quarterback in Malik Cunningham, so it seems strange that Werts would transfer to be a backup. Even if he thought he could beat Cunningham, who's coming off of a 3,200+ yard, 27 total touchdown season, he'd need to dominate fall camp for the coaching staff to even consider putting him ahead of their QB1.
Kenneth Walker III (Wake Forest to Michigan State)
Michigan State was far from good running the football last year, and it feels like a guy with 1,158 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing for his career would find a better situation. Or maybe even stay in the one he was at with Wake Forest. Walker is a good back, but it doesn't make sense to play your final two seasons with a program that's doing much worse than the one you left.
Re'Mahn Davis (Temple to Vanderbilt)
Davis had a solid year in 2019, nearly rushing for 1,000 yards, but he took a step back last year. So he decided to go elsewhere, and joined the worst team in the SEC. Maybe he'll be a good fit in the offense, but it seems like this might be too big of a jump. If he couldn't get anything going against AAC defenses (who aren't exactly stout by any means), how is he going to break the line of scrimmage against Alabama or Georgia?