[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]Teams at every level of college football are attacking the transfer portal. Here are the top five schools at the Group of Five level that are killing it:
The skinny: The Bulls have been the busiest Group of Five schools during this transfer portal cycle, adding 16 pieces to their 2022 roster. The most recent addition may be the most intriguing as quarterback Gerry Bohanan (Baylor) gives the Bulls offense a talented and experienced signal caller. He will be passing to two new wide receivers, Ajou Ajou (Clemson) and Khafre Brown (North Carolina), while also handing off to running back Michel Dukes (Clemson). The majority of the portal additions have come on the defensive side of the ball, where defensive back Ray Thornton (Clemson), linebackers James Gordon (Minnesota) and Jatorian Hansford (Missouri) and defensive linemen Clyde Pinder (North Carolina) and Rashad Cheney (Minnesota) will all be depended on greatly.
The skinny: UCF was aggressive last year in the transfer portal and have continued that attacking style during this cycle with numerous important additions. The defensive side of the ball should see the most adjustment with linebackers Terrence Lewis (Maryland), Branden Jennings (Kansas State) and KD McDaniel (Kentucky) and defensive lineman Lee Hunter (Auburn) all being potential difference makers. The Knights also picked up several top-level FCS players who all have the ability to shine, including linebacker Jason Johnson (Eastern Illinois), offensive lineman Tylan Grable (Jacksonville State) and defensive back Koby Perry (Austin Peay).
The skinny: This has been one of the bigger surprises of the transfer portal cycle, especially coming off a 2-10 2021 season. However, the Zips responded by hiring Joe Moorhead and he has taken an aggressive approach in the portal which has produced plenty of positive results. On the offensive side of the ball, wide receivers Alex Adams of LSU and Shocky Jacques-Louis of Pittsburgh, tight end Caden Clark of Alabama and the running back duo of Clyde Price from Kansas State and Cameron Wiley of Minnesota should add a much-needed spark to the unit. The more recent addition of FCS quarterback Jeff Undercuffler was a quality under-the-radar pickup. Defensively, defensive linemen Curtis Harper of Syracuse and Victor Jones of Wyoming along with defensive backs Kerry Martin of West Virginia and Nate Thompson of Duke should all make an immediate impact.
The skinny: The Mustangs were already thought to be a contender for the AAC title in 2022, but with their transfer portal additions, they should push expectations even higher. This is especially true due to their additions on the offensive side of the ball, including running back Camar Wheaton of Alabama and wide receivers Teddy Knox of Mississippi State, Beau Corrales of North Carolina, Kelvontay Dixon of Texas and Jake Bailey of Rice. SMU also grabbed two more Texas transfer to strengthen their defense, defensive back Chris Adimora and defensive lineman David Abiara, as well as the linebacker duo of Kamryn Farrar of Oklahoma State and Jaqwondis Burns of Minnesota.
The skinny: While the quantity is not as high as many schools, the quality that the Green Wave have reeled in has been impressive. Offensively, running back Ashaad Clayton (Colorado), wide receivers Lawrence Keys (Notre Dame) and Deajaun McDougle (Maryland) and offensive linemen (Kanan Ray (Colorado) and Prince Pines (Sam Houston) should give the unit a boost, while defensively defensive back Lummie Young (Duke) and defensive lineman Patrick Jenkins (TCU) have the potential to be team leaders. Also FCS addition defensive back Jarius Monroe (Nicholls State) is a player to watch.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]