[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The transfer portal is always churning, but in the meantime, here is how the Big 12 teams did in acquiring talent this cycle.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]
1. Oklahoma (16)
The skinny: There was plenty of transition in Norman during the off-season with the departure of coach Lincoln Riley, and with that the roster also saw significant movement. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel (UCF) will be handed the keys to the offense, offensive lineman McKade Mettauer (Cal) has the talent to anchor the unit, while wide receivers JJ Hester (Missouri) and LV Bunkley-Shelton (Arizona State) will add depth to an already deep position. Defensively, lineman Jeffery Johnson (Tulane), linebacker T.D. Roof (Appalachian State) and defensive backs CJ Coldon (Wyoming), Kani Walker (Louisville) and Trey Morrison (UNC) will all make an impact.
2. Texas (8)
The skinny: The Longhorns were quite selective with their targets during the portal cycle, but hit a few home runs. One of these was quarterback Quinn Ewers (Ohio State), who will have all eyes on him during his time in Austin. Isaiah Neyor (Wyoming) was another big addition to the offense, while defensive back Ryan Watts (Ohio State) and linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey (James Madison) should both add immediate help to the defensive unit.
3. Kansas (13)
The skinny: The Jayhawks have quietly put together one of my favorite groups during this portal cycle, especially on the defensive side of the ball. There were plenty of holes to fill, and Kansas accomplished that by adding players like linebackers Craig Young (Ohio State), Eriq Gilyard (UCF) and Lorenzo McCaskill (Louisiana), defensive backs Kalon Gervin (Michigan State) and Marvin Grant (Purdue) and defensive end Lonnie Phelps (Miami-Ohio). The running back duo of Ky Thomas (Minnesota) and Sevion Morrison (Nebraska) will also added talent and depth to the position on the offensive side of the ball.
4. Texas Tech (16)
The skinny: The Red Raiders have had a successful portal cycle. Six offensive linemen will bring plenty of depth and new talent to Lubbock, including Monroe Mills (Oklahoma State), Ty Buchanan (USC) and Cole Spencer (Western Kentucky). Defensively, look for Tyler Owens (Texas), Keyon Blankenbaker (Wyoming) and Dimitri Moore (Missouri State) to make their presence known this fall.
5. Kansas State (7)
The skinny: While the Wildcats added a few interesting pieces through the portal, everyone knows that the success of this group will be greatly determined by the play of quarterback Adrian Martinez (Nebraska). A great deal will be expected from him this fall, so will his play earn the praise of the fans in Manhattan? On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary was strengthened by the addition of several players, including Joshua Hayes (Virginia) and Shawn Robinson (Missouri).
6. West Virginia (11)
The skinny: Quarterback JT Daniels (Georgia) will be the transfer who receives the most attention, however several other players from smaller schools have a chance to make a big impact, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive backs Marcis Floyd (Murray State), Wesley McCormick (James Madison) and Rashad Ajayi (Colorado State) and linebacker Jasir Cox (North Dakota State) will all be thrown into the fire and expected to contribute.
7. TCU (15)
The skinny: TCU was quite busy during this portal cycle, adding important pieces on both sides of the ball. Offensively, offensive linemen Alan Ali (SMU) and Ezra Dotson-Oyetade (Arizona State) should be big contributors, while defensively Mark Perry (Colorado), Tymon Mitchell (Georgia) and Terrence Cooks (Texas) are players to watch. They would have been even higher up the rankings had Trelon Smith (Arkansas) not flipped his transfer commitment to UTSA.
8. Baylor (3)
The skinny: With Baylor losing the least number of scholarship players in the portal during this cycle (5), the Bears were never going to be aggressive in adding players. With that said, defensive lineman Jaxson Player (Tulsa) and linebacker Josh White (LSU) should both add a significant boost to the defensive unit.
9. Iowa State (3)
The skinny: Considering the Cyclones have seen 18 scholarship players enter the portal during this cycle, it is somewhat surprising that they have only added three. Also with nine of these 18 departing players playing in the secondary, none of the three arrivals will help with that void. However, it would not be surprising if each of the three additions, linebacker Colby Reeder (Delaware), defensive lineman MJ Anderson (Minnesota) and wide receiver Dimitri Stanley (Colorado) play a significant role this fall.
10. Oklahoma State (4)
The skinny: The Cowboys did plug some holes and find some depth on the offensive line with the additions of Casey Collier (USC) and Jason Brooks (Vanderbilt). However, the other two additions, running back Deondre Jackson (Texas A&M) and defensive lineman Solomon Wright (Arkansas) will have to excel during summer camp to make any serious contribution this fall.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]