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Five Transfer Portal Targets to Watch for Big 12 Football Teams

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The 2024 Spring Transfer Portal window closes at midnight on May 1, ending the 15-day window during which hundreds of college football players entered their names in hopes of finding better opportunities.

Several teams have seen star-caliber players leave their rosters in this cycle, while plenty of other rosters have been fortified using the portal as a means to plug proverbial holes.

In the Big 12, we’ve seen some cases on either side of the fence. Kansas State is undoubtedly better after having added Colorado running back Dylan Edwards. Arizona State, on the other hand, lost elite quarterback Jaden Rashada to Georgia via the transfer portal and is obviously a worse football team without him.

 

The vast majority of the players that are set to jump in the portal have done so at this point, but we will see a flurry of commitments follow into the month of May before summer workouts fire up. With some big names still out there, should Big 12 fans be keeping an eye on difference-makers coming into the conference?

Here are five names worth monitoring as teams across the league make their final additions ahead of 2024.

Elijah Herring, LB, Tennessee

Team to Watch: Kansas State

Chris Klieman is looking for a few pieces to shore up the defensive side of the ball ahead of 2024, and Tennessee transfer linebacker Elijah Herring could be the perfect player for the job. Herring led the Vols with 76 tackles (4.0 TFL) after starting each of Tennessee’s final 11 games in 2023. Listed at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Herring is a ready-made playmaker that could give K-State a big boost on defense after the Wildcats lost Daniel Green to graduation.

 

Peny Boone, RB, Louisville

Team to Watch: UCF

Seeing the report that Peny Boone, one of the best running backs available in the portal, was visiting UCF was a head-scratching moment for many. The Knights already have RJ Harvey, one of the best backs in the country, and former five-star DeMarkcus Bowman behind him to serve as a change of pace. Well, Boone visited UCF this weekend and Bowman proceeded to enter the transfer portal on Monday. Boone, listed at 6-foot-1, 242 pounds, rushed for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns at Toledo last season before transferring to Louisville. Now, back in the portal, he could be in line to join Gus Malzahn and the Knights.

Andrew Chamblee, OT, Arkansas

Team(s) to Watch: Kansas State, TCU, Colorado

Help along the offensive line has been incredibly hard to find in the transfer portal this cycle, so the going price for a half-decent player is sky-high. With that being the case, the one offensive lineman on this list has several Big 12 teams still in the running to land him. Andrew Chamblee was the No. 2 player in the state of Arkansas and the No. 17 overall offensive tackle in the Class of 2022. In 2023, he appeared in 12 games and started eight contests as a redshirt freshman. That kind of experience is invaluable in this portal cycle.

 

Tacario Davis, CB, Arizona

Team to Watch: Arizona

This is the one player on the list that would benefit a Big 12 team by withdrawing his name from the portal, and folks in Tucson, Arizona, are hoping and praying that’s what will happen. Tacario Davis is one of the most coveted defensive backs available right now and he’s been in the portal since January. There’s a chance that he could opt to return to play for the Wildcats next season, and in doing so, would help UA’s defense in a big way. Davis had a standout sophomore year in 2023, with 25 tackles, 0.5 TFLs, one interception, and 15 PBUs.

Bai Jobe, DE, Michigan State

Team to Watch: Kansas

Ranked as the No. 7 EDGE and No. 44 overall player in the 2023 Class (per On3), Bai Jobe has all the tools to be an incredible defensive end at the collegiate level. Listed at 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, Jobe is an impressive athlete who could thrive if given the time to develop. One of the best developmental staffs in the country is in Lawrence, Kansas, under Lance Leipold and KU could use some help getting to the quarterback in 2024 and beyond. The two would be a near-perfect pairing, and guess who’s locked in a visit with the Jayhawks in the coming days?

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