As spring games wrap up this month, fans are getting a closer look at who the new faces are for their favorite teams. But in this new age of the transfer portal, you might be surprised in terms of who is missing, but you also might be impressed with who is incoming?
Whether you like it or not, it’s going to continue to be a big part of the sport moving forward. The key is to make sure you gain more than you lose. 247Sports put together a list of the college football transfer portal winners and losers and two Big 12 teams made the list.
The Oklahoma Sooners were labeled a winner.
247Sports take: “The Sooners may have been the clear-cut winners of the portal in a big way, and that was before adding former Arkansas star receiver Mike Woods on Friday. Woods entered the transfer portal to widespread surprise earlier this week, as news of his pending transfer came less than 72 hours after he played in Arkansas’ spring game on Saturday. Oklahoma soon emerged as the leading contender to secure his services. The rising senior logged 32 receptions for 619 yards and five touchdowns for Arkansas in 2020, and comes to Norman with two years of eligibility remaining due to the NCAA’s COVID-19 provision.
Before Woods, who did not receive a rating, Oklahoma was the only school to sign three four-stars in the portal. Running back Eric Gray was extremely productive in the SEC despite opposing teams knowing that the Vols basically refused to throw the ball on early downs. Gray received a rating of 96. Tackle Wanya Morris was a freshman All-American in 2019 and has a ton of athletic potential. He should step in and start and received a grade of 93. And safety Key Lawrence keeps his four-star status from high school after just one year at Tennessee, grading out at a 91.”
HCS response: Absolutely accurate. Lincoln Riley raided Knoxville and came out a huge winner. No one was happier about the firing of Jeremy Pruitt than OU fans (other than Tennessee fans, obviously). OU has added enormous talent and depth to a team that already had plenty of it. It’s Playoff or bust this fall in Norman.
Meantime, the West Virginia Mountaineers were labeled a loser.
247Sports take: “West Virginia has been on both sides of the NCAA Transfer Portal this offseason. The Mountaineers lost a handful of reserves before losing key starters Tykee Smith and Dreshun Miller. However, they also added likely starting lineman Doug Nester, and a potential starting linebacker in Lance Dixon. Despite the additions, the losses of two starting cornerbacks as well as running back Alec Sinkfield puts them in this category.”
HCS response: The loses of Smith and Miller were tough, considering they already lost one of their star defensive players Darius Stills to the NFL Draft. And without the WVU defense being as stout as it was, the Mountaineers likely aren’t bowl contenders. I agree with 247Sports in that it was a quiet offseason for the Mountaineers, but could be devastating, especially as the passing games in the conference look to take a big step forward this fall.