The transfer portal in college football serves as a free agency platform for teams to address immediate needs with experienced players. While the first portal period allowed teams to fill many of their needs for the upcoming 2024 season, there are still some holes that need to be filled. Thankfully, teams will have another opportunity during the spring reopening of the portal.
One position that seems to be in high demand is defensive tackle. Teams searching for a player who can make a significant impact in that position will need to be prepared for a potential bidding war. The competition for these high-level players will be fierce, so teams will need to allocate their Name, Image, and Likeness money wisely.
Several potential contenders still have areas that require attention. Alabama needs to add experience to their talented, yet young cornerback group and find a replacement offensive tackle after Kadyn Proctor’s departure to Iowa.
Florida State, known for finding success on the defensive line through the transfer portal, is in search of another interior playmaker. However, many teams are also looking to fill needs at that position. It would be nice to find another All-Conference talent like transfer DT Fiske from last season.
Georgia may have an attractive pitch for defensive line and edge players due to their NFL success, but finding players who seamlessly fit into their elite defensive rotation is a challenge. LSU is lacking experience at defensive tackle and could also use some proven players in the defensive backfield. Michigan, known for its ground-and-pound style, would benefit from acquiring an established target at wide receiver.
Ohio State, after a successful transfer cycle, is in the market for an offensive tackle who can step in as an immediate starter. Oklahoma has been building up its offensive and defensive lines, but more upgrades are needed, particularly at offensive tackle and defensive tackle. Oregon is transitioning to a new conference and needs to strengthen its defensive line to compete effectively. Kansas, with its creative offense, requires receivers who can create big plays downfield to support quarterback Drew Allar.
Penn State made a nice addition to its receiving corps with the arrival of Julian Fleming but may still be in the market for another receiver. Utah is looking for a specific type of quarterback in the portal, someone who can act as an insurance policy for Cameron Rising while also being comfortable with developing behind him.
Overall, there are still opportunities available for teams to strengthen their rosters through the transfer portal this spring. It will be interesting to see which teams land the coveted players and how these additions will impact the upcoming season.