Portal Gossip: Candidates narrowing down their choices

National Signing Day may have come and gone, but the transfer portal is still buzzing with activity. Adam Gorney, the Rivals national recruiting director, has been keeping a close eye on the latest developments in the portal, and there are several key prospects drawing significant interest from college football programs across the country.

One such prospect is the former four-star defensive end who, despite having a basketball background and only recently taking up football, made a strong impression. Unfortunately, he sat out the entire 2023 season at Miami due to an injury, but that hasn’t stopped a flurry of attention in the transfer portal. Schools like UCLA, Utah, Notre Dame, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Cal, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and Bowling Green have all reached out to express interest in acquiring his talents.

Another player generating a lot of interest is a former standout defensive end from Gardner-Webb, who racked up an impressive 39 tackles (10.5 for loss) and six sacks this past season. Despite receiving interest from Middle Tennessee, Temple, Utah State, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, North Texas, and Old Dominion, he ultimately decided to commit to Texas State.

A speedy receiver who led Oregon State with 54 receptions for 746 yards and five touchdowns this season is also attracting significant interest in the portal. USC, Arizona, Cal, Penn State, and Florida State have all offered or shown interest in recruiting him.

The former Toledo running back who rushed for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season is being courted by Florida State, Kentucky, and Louisville. The Cardinals may have an edge in his recruitment, as he is expected to visit their campus on Friday.

Another player drawing attention in the transfer portal is a former Ohio offensive lineman who is looking to finish his college career in Texas. He has visits scheduled at Texas A&M and Baylor this week, with Texas A&M emerging as a potential frontrunner for his services.

There are plenty more players making waves in the transfer portal, including a former four-star athlete from Penn State, a productive running back from Austin Peay, a pass-rushing sensation from Albany, and a former standout receiver from Utah, among others. Each of these players has garnered interest from a variety of programs, and their decisions will have an impact on the college football landscape.

As the transfer portal continues to be a hotbed of activity, recruiting experts like Adam Gorney will be closely monitoring the latest developments to see where these key prospects ultimately land. With visits and decisions looming, the coming weeks will likely see a flurry of activity as these players find their next collegiate homes. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements as the transfer portal drama unfolds.