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Texas a Winner, West Virginia a Loser in 247Sports’ Transfer Portal 2022: Winners and Losers

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Texas

The NCAA Transfer Portal has shut down for players who hope to be eligible without a waiver next season and will reopen on August 1, 2022.

In the meantime, it gives us about three months to look over rosters and try to make sense of all the chaos that has ensued over the last several months. Roster turnover, particularly in football, has become something of a crapshoot, with players coming and going from one place to another, and in a matter of weeks in some instances.

However, the May 1st deadline creates a sense of solidarity with players locked into their current teams if they hope to play come August and September.

 

On Tuesday morning, 247Sports released its Transfer Portal 2022: Winners and Losers, and a couple of Big 12 teams made the list.

The first team mentioned is West Virginia, and the Mountaineers are listed as losers of the offseason after seeing four of their top seven defenders leave and several wide receivers opt to hit the portal as well. Here is what 247Sports’ Chris Hummer had to say about WVU.

“For the second offseason in a row, the Mountaineers were pillaged. West Virginia lost four of its top seven defensive snap takers, per PFF, to the portal this offseason. That group includes standout defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor (Miami), the team’s leading tackler Josh Chandler (Colorado), fourth-leading tackler Daryl Porter (Miami) and fifth-leading tackler Jackie Matthews (Mississippi State). There’s also cornerback Nicktroy Fourtune, who started the first half of the year before a season-ending injury. That’s five defensive starters in all.

“Did West Virginia get better in some places through the portal? For sure. J.T. Daniels is a big upgrade over Jarret Doege and Lyn-J Dixon is an intriguing potential replacement for Leddie Brown. But overall, especially when you include the loss of the team’s leading receiver Winston Wright (Florida State), the Mountaineers were one of the big portal losers.”

 

Texas is the second team listed, but the outlook on the Longhorns is that they were big winners this offseason with landing Quinn Ewers and a host of offensive weapons.

“Did the Longhorns have a perfect offseason in the transfer market? Of course not,” Hummer writes. “If that were the case, Ochaun Mathis would be a Longhorn instead of a Cornhusker. But Texas still improved its roster through the portal. The biggest addition is Ohio State QB transfer Quinn Ewers, who ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2021 class. To many in Austin, he’s viewed as the missing piece the Longhorns have searched for since Colt McCoy left campus over a decade ago. He’ll have weapons, too, thanks to a trio of four-star transfer pass catchers: Isaiah Neyor, Agiye Hall and Jahleel Billingsley. All three are dynamic playmakers who add talented depth to a room that lacked it last year. Finally, Ohio State transfer Ryan Watts is a projected starter at cornerback, a part of Texas’ defense that struggled last season.

“Perhaps just as importantly, the Longhorns managed to avoid losing key pieces off last year’s team, making it a successful offseason in the portal.”

 

Former Oklahoma quarterbacks Caleb Williams (USC) and Spencer Rattler (South Carolina) were also listed as big reasons why their new schools are winners this offseason, as was Ole Miss after landing Zach Evans from TCU.

The turnover on Big 12 rosters is expansive this season, and it will be hard to keep up with the new additions and subtractions, but it’s a necessary part of the game today and we will just have to get used to it.

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