The second transfer portal is officially closed on Sunday, meaning players who enter the portal after this point will not be eligible for next season.
As of May 1, there are over 1,000 players in the transfer portal who had FBS scholarships, according to Max Olson of The Athletic. While the transfer portal did not see as many high-impact players during this period as the first transfer portal shortly after the end of the 2022 regular season, it was still a period where many high-quality players came in.
Up front, it’s worth noting that it’s a very deep wide-receiver portal right now. Each of our top three prospects is wide receivers, and several of our honorable mentions are also wideouts. It is also currently a quality group in secondary at cornerback and safety. On the other hand, don’t expect many impactful running backs or tight ends to leave the portal in the coming weeks and months as these two positions are on the weaker side of the portal.
Below we offer our top 10 players currently in the transfer portal, as well as a handful of honorable mentions. These players were chosen based on their remaining eligibility, their collegiate performance to date, and depending on how far they are from their high school career, their original recruit status.
A Class of 2022 signer with the Horned Frogs, Hudson put together a quality freshman season, recording 14 receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout is a former top-100 prospect and has the chance to become a No.1 wide receiver in his next destination.
One of the more surprising additions in recent days was sophomore wide receiver Keon Coleman michigan state. Coming off a 58 reception, 798 yards and seven touchdown seasons, the Lousiana native would become one of the Big Ten’s top receivers heading into next season.
We talked about Franklin last week when he entered the portal last week. Franklin has been a dynamic weapon for UTSA over the past two seasons with 175 receptions for 2,163 yards and 27 touchdowns. He’s in line for a chance to win a Power Five program.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman from Maryland recorded 40 tackles and 7.5 tackles for a loss to the Dukes last season. He is easily the best defensive lineman in the target right now.
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The former four-star consensus prospect has recaptured his true freshman season this past year with Oregon, play in just one game. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound cornerback was a high school electric track star and will bring elite speed into his next program. There is still a lot of potential left here.
Johnson was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection as a sophomore for his performance with the Cougars. He started at left guard for Houston in all 13 games and was a critical part of their pass protection, allowing just one sack in over 550 pass blocking opportunities.
Thorne isn’t an elite quarterback, but he’s a solid that can get the job done on most programs. It came as a surprise when he entered the portal on Sunday after serving as Michigan State’s starting quarterback for the past two seasons. In two seasons, he completed 61.0% of his passes for 5,911 yards, 46 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions.
The former four-star quarterback only played in one game as a true freshman for Purdue. That said, the Fort Branch, Indiana native has an elite size of 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds with a big arm to go with it. He will have a large number of schools to choose from.
Another high four-star candidate leaving their program after just one year. Brown is still a quality wide receiver prospect, but was in a deep wide receiver room in Columbus. Don’t be surprised if he immediately impresses on his next show.
- QB Casey Thompson (Nebraska)
- W. R. Gary Bryant (USC)
- WR Montanaa Lemonious-Craig (Colorado)
- W. R. Xzavier Henderson (Florida)
- DE Sav’ell Smalls (Washington)
- DL Jeffery Clark (Georgian State)
- LB Prince Collie (Notre-Dame)
- DB Marcus Scott (Missouri)
- DB Jaden Davis (Oklahoma)
- S Jaylen key (UAB)
- S RJ Moten (Michigan)
- Antonio Carter (Rhode Island)