The transfer portal is always churning, but in the meantime, here is how the ACC teams did in acquiring talent this cycle.
1. Florida State (12)
The skinny: Not surprisingly, the Seminoles were once again quite aggressive in the portal. They added several pieces who should make an immediate impact, including running back Trey Benson (Oregon), defensive back Greedy Vance (Louisville), wide receiver Mycah Pittman (Oregon) and defensive end Jared Verse (Albany), who was quite possibly the most sought-after FCS player during this cycle.
2. Miami-Florida (11)
The skinny: With a new coaching staff in place, roster turnover was sure to follow. While a majority of the additions are on the defensive side of the ball, the offense should receive a boost from both running back Henry Parrish (Ole Miss) and wide receiver Frank Ladson (Clemson). Defensively, talent and depth was added at all three levels with Akheem Mesidor (West Virginia), Mitchell Agude (UCLA) and Darrell Jackson Jr. (Maryland) on the line, Caleb Johnson (UCLA) at linebacker and Daryl Porter Jr. (West Virginia) in the secondary.
3. Louisville (11)
The skinny: The Cardinals focused their efforts on the secondary, while also adding a couple of other key pieces at other positions. Defensive backs Jayden Williams (USC), MJ Griffin (Temple), Jalen Alexander (Duke), Jarvis Brownlee (Florida State), Nicario Harper (Jacksonville State) and Quincy Riley (Middle Tennessee) will all be given an opportunity to play an important role during the 2022 season. Also, running back Tiyon Evans (Tennessee) and wide receivers Dee Wiggins (Miami) and Tyler Hudson (Central Arkansas) should spark the offense.
4. Georgia Tech (17)
The skinny: Georgia Tech quietly put together an impressive group of portal additions during this cycle. Help was needed on the offensive line and Pierce Quick (Alabama) and Paul Tchio (Clemson) should help with that issue. The secondary was strengthened with several additions, including the Notre Dame duo of Khari Gee and KJ Wallace, the Auburn duo of Eric Reed and Ahmari Harvey and also Kenny Bennett (Maryland). Finally, while the loss of running back Jahmyr Gibbs to Alabama hurts, adding Hassan Hall (Louisville) was a nice grab.
5. Pittsburgh (10)
The skinny: While there was talent added at other positions, the success of quarterback Kedon Slovis (USC) will likely determine the success of this group as a whole. His potential success was helped with the additions of wide receivers Konata Mumpfield (Akron) and Bubba Means (Louisiana Tech), who both have the potential to have big seasons. Defensively, the Panthers are hopeful that linebackers Shayne Simon (Notre Dame) and Tylar Wiltz (Missouri State) will make an impact quickly.
6. North Carolina (5)
The skinny: The diamond of the group is linebacker Noah Taylor (Virginia), but each of the other four additions has the potential to contribute. Offensive linemen Corey Gaynor (Miami) and Spencer Rolland (Harvard) should push for immediate playing time, while the Ohio State duo of defensive back Lejond Cavazos and defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan will be given the opportunity to reach the potential they couldn’t reach in Columbus.
7. Notre Dame (4)
The skinny: While the group is small, the Irish did add one of the top available defensive players of this cycle when they reeled in former All-American Brandon Joseph from Northwestern. He will be expected to be an anchor in the secondary immediately. Notre Dame also solidified their special teams with the additions of kicker Blake Grupe (Arkansas State) and punter Jon Sot (Harvard).
8. Duke (9)
The skinny: Duke is another program that will never be overly aggressive in the portal due to their academic restrictions, but the Blue Devils did a nice job adding a few players who should plug some holes. Datrone Young (Iowa State) and Darius Joiner (Western Illinois) should help the secondary immediately, while Ivy League grad-transfers Jack Burns (Cornell), Cam Dillon (Columbia) and Anthony Nelson (Harvard) will all add experience and depth at their positions.
9. Virginia (10)
The skinny: With 23 scholarship players entering the portal during this cycle, it has been a busy 12 months for the Cavaliers. A few of the additions to watch include running back Cody Brown (Miami-Florida) and defensive ends Kam Butler (Miami-Ohio) and Jack Camper (Michigan State). A great deal was lost in the portal on the offensive line, so the hope is that additions like John Paul Flores (Dartmouth) and Mac Hollensteiner (Georgetown) can make an impact.
10. Wake Forest (4)
The skinny: All four of the additions in Winston-Salem should contribute during the 2022 season. Defensive lineman Kobie Turner (Richmond) was a nice grab from the FCS, defensive back Brendon Harris (Vanderbilt) brings experience and tight end Jaeger Bull (Rice) is a quality blocker. The latest addition, linebacker Eldrick Robinson (Georgia Southern), could be the one to watch though.
11. Virginia Tech (5)
The skinny: The Hokies were looking for a quarterback and found one with Grant Wells (Marshall). They also found him two weapons at wide receiver with Jadan Blue (Temple) and Stephen Gosnell (North Carolina). On the defensive side of the ball, defensive lineman Pheldarius Payne (Nebraska) should become a consistent and stable part of the rotation.
12. Syracuse (8)
The skinny: The secondary was immediately bolstered with the additions of Bralyn Oliver (Louisville) and Alijah Clark (Rutgers), while the remaining additions look to be more for depth than making an impact in 2022. Wide receiver D’Marcus Adams (FAU) was an intriguing late addition and running back Juwaun Price (New Mexico State) should provide a spark off the bench playing behind potential All-American Sean Tucker.
13. Boston College (4)
The skinny: The Eagles are never going to be a big player in the portal due to their academic restrictions, but they did add a few useful pieces such as tight end George Takacs (Notre Dame) and defensive lineman Regen Terry (Arizona).
14. NC State (2)
The skinny: While the Wolfpack did not lose too much in the portal, it is somewhat surprising that they were not a bit more aggressive during this cycle. Wide receiver Darryl Jones (Maryland) has the potential to become an important part of the offense, but defensive back Dreshun Miller (Auburn) was added as a walk-on, so he will have to prove his worth before being given a realistic chance to make a contribution this fall.
15. Clemson (1)
The skinny: The Tigers once again took an extremely passive approach with the portal, and as a result only welcomed back quarterback Hunter Johnson (Northwestern). Johnson, who originally signed with Clemson out of high school before transferring to Evanston, will add some veteran leadership, but is unlikely to make an impact on the field[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]