1. DL Jacob Lacey – Notre Dame
Lacey totaled 35 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks during his time in South Bend. He played in four games this season, including an impressive performance against Cal when he had five tackles, two tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Things have remained rather status quo with Lacey during the last week. The Kentucky-native has already taken one visit to Lexington and is expected to return to Lexington for an official visit on November 19th for the Georgia game. However, he will next visit Oklahoma this weekend for their game against Baylor. The Sooners have been pressing, so this visit will be a huge one for Lacey. Visits to other schools are still possible, but for now this looks like a battle between Kentucky and Oklahoma.
2. QB Hank Bachmeier – Boise State
Bachmeier had a successful career at Boise State, which immediately makes him an intriguing addition to any school. Having passed for 6,605 yards and 41 touchdowns, while leading the Broncos to a 19-9 record as a starter, he will provide invaluable experience to his new school.
Everything has been rather quiet with Bachmeier, but Virginia was first to the chase and continues to pursue. Other schools who are still involved include Buffalo, Houston, UConn, Hawaii, Pittsburgh, James Madison, Bowling Green, Marshall, Georgia Southern, Nevada and New Mexico State.
3. DB Tywan Francis – Colorado State
Early signs point to a great deal of roster turnover at Colorado State during the next six to nine months. The most intriguing player to enter the portal to this point has been Francis, who had a big 2021 season with 88 tackles, two tackles for a loss and three pass breakups and was off to an impressive start this fall with 32 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and two pass breakups in the first four games.
Offers had already come in from Marshall, Arkansas State, Troy and Charlotte, when Francis picked up his first P5 offer earlier this week from Virginia. A visit to Charlottesville is already in the works. Interest has also been coming from schools like Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wisconsin, Utah, UTSA, Buffalo and New Mexico State, while Boston College and Iowa are relatively new to the chase.
4. DL Devin Phillips – Colorado State
Phillips has quickly become a hot name in the portal since officially entering the portal a few days ago. The grad-transfer provided consistent production during his time with the Rams, finishing with 101 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He did see time in four games this fall, totaling seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
Since entering the transfer portal a few days ago, Phillips has quickly become one of the hotter available names. He has already picked up offers from Marshall, FAU, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Old Dominion and Sam Houston, while numerous other programs are taking a very close look. A few of these to keep an eye on in the coming weeks include Louisiana Tech, Utah State, Jacksonville State, Temple, San Diego State, James Madison, Nevada and Troy. Also, a few P5 schools that are also involved include Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Baylor and Oregon State.
5. WR/TE Landen King – Auburn
The 2021 recruit redshirted during his true freshman season while grabbing three receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown. Despite a good amount of buzz during the off-season, King struggled to make an impact this season with only one reception for 24 yards. He did transition from tight end to wide receiver during his time with the Tigers.
King was one of four Auburn players to enter the portal this week, but he is the one who is drawing the most early interest. So, which schools quickly made King a priority? From his native Texas, Houston and SMU have led the charge, but the Cougars and Mustangs will get plenty of competition from schools like Louisville, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Washington, Utah, Virginia, Nebraska, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Iowa State.
6. OL/DL Tyler Manoa – UCLA
Manoa spent most of his UCLA career on the defensive line but moved to the offensive side prior to the 2022 season. As a defensive lineman he totaled 53 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and one sack in 41 games, while on the offensive line he played in each of UCLA’s first four games this season.
Oregon State, who was involved since Manoa entered the portal, joined UNLV, Akron, UConn and San Jose State with an offer earlier this week. Others to watch are Utah State, New Mexico State, Tulane, Washington State and Hawaii.
7. WR Melquan Stovall – Colorado State
Stovall, who transferred from Nevada to Colorado State after the 2021 season, was off to a quick start this fall during his first season with the Rams before deciding to re-enter the portal. Overall, he has accumulated 121 receptions for 1,170 yards during his collegiate career.
Offers have continued to roll in for Stovall, with Ball State, New Mexico State, Utah Tech and Alabama A&M being the most recent. These four join previous offers from San Diego State, Hawaii, James Madison, Jacksonville State, Northern Colorado, Jackson State, Florida A&M, Abilene Christian, Missouri State, Incarnate Word and Samford. And who else may be close to offering? Boise State, UConn, Arkansas State, UMass and Northern Arizona are a few to keep an eye on. Stovall has yet to schedule any visits.
8. DB R.J. Roderick – South Carolina
A fifth-year senior who has been a four-year starter with the Gamecocks, Roderick totaled 206 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. Injuries greatly slowed his production in 2022, but he has proven to be a consistent contributor in the SEC.
Roderick’s process has been somewhat quiet recently, with Arkansas, Duke, Wisconsin, East Carolina, Old Dominion, Marshall, UConn, Buffalo and Appalachian State all involved. One newer school to keep an eye on is Arkansas State.
9. QB Brendon Lewis – Colorado
Lewis burst onto the scene during an impressive performance at the 2020 Alamo Bowl and then became the full-time starter in Boulder in 2021 before losing his job this fall. During his season as the starter, he passed for 1,540 yards, 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions, while also rushing for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
North Texas continues to make the Texas-native a priority, while Wisconsin, North Carolina, Purdue, Arkansas, Marshall, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, Colorado State, Appalachian State, Troy and UConn are also involved.
10. WR Markus Allen – Wisconsin
The redshirt freshman showed plenty of potential in 2021 despite playing in only three games. While he struggled to get on the field this fall, he did score his first touchdown and finished with seven receptions for 91 yards.
Allen, who was a big recruiting victory for the Badgers in 2021, still has plenty of relationships with coaching staffs from other schools who recruited him out of high school so that has helped his new recruiting process quickly take off once again. Not too much new to report here, as Virginia Tech, Kansas, Boston College, Houston, Minnesota, Marshall, West Virginia, Louisville and Iowa all involved and with the Jayhawks being the one that has increased their interest the most during the last week.