Under-the-radar transfers to know for the 2022 college football season | Launderer’s report


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    Between the transfer portal and unique instant eligibility, keeping track of every Football Bowl Subdivision team’s roster has become a major challenge.

    And, hey, it’s the offseason. You might be watching other sports or just catching up on the latest college football news from time to time. Over the past six months, however, thousands of players have entered the portal and found a new school.

    Naturally, then, you might have missed some notable movestransfers that do not attract the attention of Caleb Williams and Jordan Addison at USC or Quinn Ewers at Texas, for example.

    The list is subjective, but each player highlighted is outside the top 100 in Ranking of 247Sports transfers.

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    Miami once again collected a group of hard-hitting transfers. The prized addition is Akheem Mesidor, a defensive tackle who left West Virginia and is likely to play a key role.

    Alongside him, however, the ‘Canes will likely rely on former UCLA point guard Mitchell Agude.

    In two seasons (19 games) with the Bruins, he amassed 78 tackles including 15.5 for losses and 4.5 sacks. Agude, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound edge carrier, also forced seven fumbles.

    Miami’s Best Returning PlayersJahfari Harvey and Chantz Williamseach recorded 2.5 sacks last year. Agude has a great opportunity to both earn a starting job and immediately become a top contributor for the Hurricanes.

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    Transfers fueled Michigan State’s rise to prominence in 2021, and the Spartans returned to the portal with seven additions.

    Shortly before the New Year, they signed two linebackers: Jacoby Windmon from UNLV and Aaron Brule from Mississippi State. Windmon recorded 119 tackles with 11.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks last season, while Brule had 53 saves and eight TFLs.

    This experience is valuable enough, but their production became even more important in April.

    Star linebacker Quavaris Crouchthat MSU pulled from the gate last offseason and had 75 tackles in 2021entered the transfer portal again. His departure means Windmon and Brule should be part of the linebacker rotation along with Cal Haladay.

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    The Portal was largely mean to Wyoming, which lost a handful of top players to power conference schools. Wide receiver Isaiah Neyor grabbed headlines with his move to Texas, but UCLA slipped a gem in cornerback Azizi Hearn.

    Last season he had 30 tackles and broke five passes. To hear was selected for PFF’s second All-Mountain West team.

    The expectation, based on feedback from UCLA staff, is that he will likely start this season.

    “Azizi is awesome,” teammate Logan Loya said, per Eric He of the Los Angeles Daily News. “I think he’s an exceptional player, and I think he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.”

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    Georgia Tech lost its superstar to the portal.

    The fifth best signer of the program in 247History of sportJahmyr Gibbs had 968 all-purpose yards and seven total scores as a true rookie in 2020. He followed that campaign with 1,805 all-purpose yards and six more touchdowns last season.

    No player can replace the Alabama-bound fullback, but the Yellow Jackets grabbed two runners to bolster the unit.

    In 2021, Dylan McDuffie rushed for 1,049 yards, caught 14 passes for 123 yards and had 12 touchdowns. He is the most versatile option and should be a regular contributor. Hassan Hall rushed for nearly 1,300 yards in four seasons at Louisville, also serving as the leading kick returner each year.

    McDuffie and Hall quickly transformed a position of need into a moderate strength for Georgia Tech.

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    The most recent transfer on the roster, Ricky Pearsall announced his commitment to Florida on Saturday.

    And the Gators desperately needed a wide like him. They lost wide receiver Jacob Copeland (Maryland) and tight end Kemore Gamble (UCF) to transfers, and wide receivers Malik Davis and Dameon Pierce both went to the NFL.

    Instant success isn’t guaranteed, but Pearsall is instantly one of the Gators’ most proven targets. He beat Arizona State with 48 catches, 580 yards and four touchdowns last season.

    Pearsall and Justin Shorterwho transferred from Penn State a few years agoare expected to be Florida’s leading receivers in 2022.

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    Ole Miss brought in quarterback Jaxson Dart (USC), running back Zach Evans (TCU) and tight end Michael Trigg (USC), and they are expected to headline the offense in 2022.

    Don’t discount Jaylon Robinson, though.

    Shortly after spring training, the former UCF wide player moved to Oxford. He was a 2020 All-AAC first-team selection when he had 55 receptions for 979 yards and six touchdowns. Despite missing about half of 2021 with a knee injury, Robinson still had 18 catches for 322 yardsone explosive 17.9 per shotand two partitions.

    With Ole Miss set to replace key target Dontario Drummond with Braylon Sanders and Jahcour Pearson, Robinson is a much-needed piece for the receiving corps.

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    Kentucky struck gold with Nebraska transfer Wan’Dale Robinson, and they’re hoping the family name brings another gem.

    Tayvion Robinson played an important role during the three seasons at Virginia Tech. After passing 31 passes for 404 yards as a freshman in 2019, he had 38 receptions for 592 yards in 2020 and 44 catches for 559 yards last year. He has nine career touchdowns.

    Of course, these numbers don’t scream celebrity. But the British offense has exactly no returning player who even had 15 receptions or 200 yards last season.

    Robinson and Alabama transfer Javon Bakeran unproven but talented arrivalhave huge shoes to fill in Lexington.

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    Louisiana coach Billy Napier accepted the job in Florida in December, and a mini-exodus followed his departure.

    But since most of the attention was on the players who followed him to Gainesvilleoffensive lineman O’Cyrus Torrence, includinga Gators rival snatched a formidable defender.

    Mekhi Garner, a two-year starter for the Ragin’ Cajuns, transferred to LSU. He earned third-team All-Sun Belt recognition last season. And in 2020, he allowed the lowest passer rating in the nation among cornerbacks, according to Focus on professional football.

    Replaces first-round NFL Draft Derek Stingley and heads to Alabama Eli Ricks is practically impossible. Garner certainly removes some of the sting for LSU, though.

    All recruitment information via 247Sports. Statistics of NCAA.com, cfbstats.com or search B/R. Follow Bleacher Report editor David Kenyon on Twitter @Kenyon19_BR.


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