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.
As has been mentioned since he entered the portal, Kentucky has made Lacey a priority and continues to do so. The Kentucky-native has already taken one visit to Lexington to check out a game and is expected to return to Lexington for an official visit in November, likely for the Georgia game on the 19th. He seemed to be Kentucky’s to lose, but now Oklahoma has jumped into the picture, with a visit in November also likely. While ending up in Lexington is still the most likely scenario, suddenly there may be some doubt.
2. OL Logan Brown – Wisconsin
Brown played 30 games with the Badgers while also showing flexibility by seeing time at different positions along the line. News of his dismissal from the program due to an altercation at practice may slow down his process a bit, but he will remain an important target for multiple schools.
The schools that have shown the most serious early interest include Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska and NC State, while Boston College, Kansas, Iowa, Washington State and Louisville are a few others to watch.
3. 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.
Virginia was first to the chase and continues to pursue, while Buffalo, Houston, UConn, Hawaii, Pittsburgh, James Madison, Bowling Green, Marshall and Georgia Southern are all also in the picture.
4. 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 have come in from Marshall, Arkansas State, Troy and Charlotte, with additional interest coming from schools like Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wisconsin, Utah, UTSA, Buffalo and New Mexico State.
5. 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.
Arkansas is making a push to keep him in the SEC, while Wisconsin, Duke, East Carolina, Old Dominion, Marshall, UConn, Buffalo and Appalachian State are also in the hunt.
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.
Manoa has already announced offers from UNLV, Akron, UConn and San Jose State, while other schools like Utah State, Oregon State, New Mexico State and Tulane are also in the picture.
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.
Stovall has busy since entering the portal, with San Diego State, Hawaii, James Madison, Jacksonville State, Northern Colorado, Jackson State, Florida A&M, Abilene Christian, Missouri State, Incarnate Word and Samford all already offering. So, who else may be close to offering? Boise State, UConn, Arkansas State, UMass, Northern Arizona and Utah Tech are a few to keep an eye on.
8. 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 made the Texas-native an immediate priority, while Wisconsin, North Carolina, Purdue and Arkansas are P5 schools to watch. Joining the Mean Green as G5 schools of interest are Marshall, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, Colorado State, Appalachian State, Troy and UConn.
9. 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. Virginia Tech, Kansas, Boston College, Houston and Minnesota have been showing the most interest, with Marshall, West Virginia, Louisville and Iowa also pursuing.
10. DB Nicario Harper – Louisville
Harper initially signed with Southern Miss out of high school, where he spent two seasons before transferring to Jacksonville State. He exploded with the Gamecocks during the 2020 and 2021 seasons when he earned All-American honors while totaling 146 tackles, five tackles for a loss, five interceptions and nine pass breakups in 22 games. He then transferred to Louisville prior to the 2022 season where he finished with seven tackles before re-entering the portal.
Despite his somewhat lackluster and short stint at Louisville, that has not stopped countless schools to quickly reach out to Harper. Just a few that have been pushing early include Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan State, Washington, Florida, SMU, Houston, James Madison and Troy.