College football staff choose: transfers that can help their new teams move the CFP forward in 2021
With the arrival of the transfer portal, college football coaches have adjusted the way they recruit and build their rosters. Adding a sure thing through a transfer can often be a better option than taking a chance on an unproven prospect in high school, especially in a position like quarterback.
But with the NCAA waiver allowing immediate eligibility for all transfers, there are plenty of non-quarterbacks available in the market as well. These impact transfers can, at the very least, increase depth or, at best, be the missing piece a team needs to take it to the next level.
With the end of spring training and just about all the big names on the portal to a new schedule, our college football team has made their choice for high impact transfers that can help their teams push for the football playoffs. university in 2021.
Poor defense kept Florida from reaching their full potential last season, but the high school was mostly to blame. The defensive line, led by star winger Zachary Carter, was not bad. The arrivals of Daquan Newkirk from Auburn and Antonio Shelton from Penn State will only make it better. Both play indoors and could be an improvement over tackles departed Kyree Campbell Tedarrell Slaton.
Shelton racked up 3.5 sacks last season in just seven games in his second full season as a starter inside the Nittany Lions’ defensive line. He will be 24 at the start of the season and should be a stabilizing force. Newkirk had 28 tackles, including three for loss with Auburn last season. He is in sixth year as Shelton after spending two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and three at Auburn.
Defensive tackles rarely make headlines, and the focus starting this season is rightfully on Florida second quarterback and new starting quarterback Emory Jones. But the Gators would have been in a tough spot on the defensive tackle if they hadn’t caught two proven portal veterans. Shelton and Newkirk will help the Florida defense improve which could put the CFP on the line for this team. – David Cobb
The Tar Heels won’t be preseason favorites to win the ACC or make the college football playoffs – that nod still belongs to Clemson until proven guilty – but there’s a lot to love about their subject in 2021 as a candidate for the black horse. The first of those reasons is quarterback Sam Howell. But North Carolina needs an impact player in the backfield to complete the passing game. Running back Ty Chandler fills a gap left by Michael Carter and Javonte Williams.
A former top 100 rookie, Chandler gives North Carolina a veteran with four years of production under his belt. He was Tennessee’s principal in 2018 and 2019 and a good second option for Eric Gray last year. In all, Chandler has amassed over 2,000 career yards and 13 touchdowns in four years with the Flights. With a veteran O-line, a top quarterback, and knowledgeable coaching staff, Chandler can help the Tar Heels at least be a playoff contender in November. – Ben Kercheval
We focused a lot on everything Florida loses from the 2020 squad, but not a lot on what replaces them. What was odd about the Florida 2020 squad was that they were much heavier in passing than what we’ve typically seen from Dan Mullen’s teams. The Gators offense was only 11th in the SEC in rushing yards per game, but that was mostly down to volume.
The only team in the conference that executed the ball less often was Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense in Mississippi. I bet the Gators’ offense will be very different in 2021 with Emory Jones probably starting at quarterback and half-back Demarkcus Bowman transferred from Clemson. Bowman was one of the best players in the recruiting class of 2020 and will bring a dimension to the Florida offense that was absent last season. It could also be a dimension that helps propel the Gators towards their first CFP appearance. – Tom fornelli
Going twice here since the Sooners not only have two impact transfers for their playoff push, but have them both from the same place. Morris and Gray were the No. 2 and No. 7 players, respectively, in a 2019 Tennessee recruiting class ranked No. 13 in the country. Morris was a two-year starter for the Vols, and Gray became one of the SEC’s top running backs last season.
Now Morris is adding a huge boost to an offensive line losing several starters and Gray is ready to help the running back turn immediately. There are easy explanations for the Oklahoma hype because of Spencer Rattler, but just as important is how the rest of the offense around the quarterback has improved. – Chip Patterson
LSU LB Mike Jones
Mike Jones was ranked # 7 among the 100 best transfers in the country according to 247Sports, but his impact on LSU’s defense could be a big part of a college football playoff push. It’s not your ordinary defensive transfer – the dude had 26 tackles and two interceptions last year for a Clemson team that made the college football playoffs for the sixth straight season. He joins an LSU defense that was excruciating last season, but which should be better due to the experience the young players have gained and the absence of former defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, which has been an abject disaster in 2020. .
The LSU offensive is loaded with weapons and all it needs is adequate defense to make a run in Alabama. Jones has nickel experience and should play more as a linebacker inside the bayou. Speed, experience and versatility … Jones has it all. – Barrett Sallee