We have the usual suspects when it comes to winners and losers in the transfer portal. The Alabama crimson tide, LSU Tigersand the USC Trojans are mostly active in the portal when it comes to talent acquisition. The Colorado buffaloes are the outlier this season with a mass exodus like we’ve never seen before.
Outside of those teams, there’s a surprise addition to the off-season transfer portal winners. The SMU Mustangs are quietly building a roster that can compete with anyone at the Group of Five level. They could also probably knock out several Power Five teams.
The team added six players who came over from the Power Five, led by former commit Jordan Hudson. The five-star WR went from SMU to TCU when Sonny Dykes took over as head coach of the Frogs. He’s coming to Dallas now and will get ready for the powerful SMU assault.
Max Olson’s the athletics (subscription required), highlighted the ponies in his list of the best transfer portal classes of the past off-season.
“SMU has shaken up its depth chart quite a bit going into Rhett Lashlee’s second season by racking up 25 transfers,” writes Olson. Hudson has the tools to be a great playmaker and help replace Rashee Rice’s second-round production. The top-100 recruit caught 14 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman and was previously committed to SMU before a late flip to TCU. Wilson was a key addition to their linebacker room that should make an immediate impact, and the Mustangs were able to improve their depth in quite a few places during this spring season.
Hudson’s TCU teammate Kyron Chambers will also join SMU this offseason. Chambers didn’t record any stats with the Frogs during their CFP run, but will likely see plenty of playing time with the Mustangs’ defense. Rhett Lashlee and the staff were able to address both sides of the ball as they looked to improve their 7-6 season.
You should circle September 23 on the calendar when Hudson returns to Fort Worth to take on his old team.