[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]The portal giveth and taketh away. Here are the hot teams in the transfer portal right now.
The skinny: The Cornhuskers hit a home run with the addition of TCU defensive end Ochaun Mathis and quickly followed that up by grabbing Texas Tech defensive tackle Devin Drew. While Mathis will likely make more of an impact statistically, the addition of Drew, a proven Power Five performer, plugs a big hole on the interior defensive line. Nebraska is likely not done adding pieces to this position from the portal, but getting Drew was a great start.
The skinny: The Ducks have been quietly busy in the portal during this cycle but had been relatively quiet in recent months. That suddenly changed with the additions of running back Mar'Keise Irving from Minnesota and defensive tackle Casey Rogers from Nebraska. Irving is talented enough to make an immediate impact in Eugene, but will also have to compete against fellow transfer Noah Whittington, who impressed during the spring, and returnees Sean Dollars and Byron Cardwell. Rogers even adds more depth to a defensive line that should be one of the positional strengths for the Ducks in 2022.
The skinny: It was a very successful few days for the Vols in the portal, with the additions of USC wide receiver Bru McCoy, Ohio State defensive back Andre Turrentine and East Tennessee State defensive end Austin Lewis. Expect Turrentine to be in the rotation immediately with a good chance of earning increased playing time as the season progresses. Lewis arrives as a preferred walk-on but had previous success at Liberty before transferring to the Buccaneers. It should not come as a surprise if he contributes this season. McCoy is the wildcard of the group, as he has yet to put it all together on the field, while also dealing with legal issues in 2021, but has the potential to be an offensive gamebreaker for the Vols. Oh, and the Vols are in the top two with Ole Miss for UCF wideout Jaylon Robinson as he just took a visit.
The skinny: While Friday night is not normally the busiest of recruiting times, the Mustangs pulled in a trio of defensive additions last week who should all be important contributors this fall. The Texas duo of defensive lineman David Abiara and defensive back Chris Adimore were first, but then quickly followed by Oklahoma State linebacker Kamryn Farrar. And to finish off the weekend the Mustangs added another Longhorn with the commitment of wide receiver Kelvontay Dixon. SMU is positioning itself nicely for a serious run at the AAC this fall.
The skinny: The Canes very successfully added talent and depth to their defensive unit recently with the additions of defensive linemen Darrell Jackson Jr. from Maryland and Akheem Mesidor from West Virginia, as well as linebacker Caleb Johnson from UCLA. And if you go back a little further, linebacker Mitchell Agude, who is also from UCLA, will also be counted on immediately. It was expected that new head coach Mario Christobal would quickly try to bring in his own style of player, but with these four additions that has happened a little sooner than many expected.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]