College football’s first transfer portal window of the offseason is over, and the SEC signed several top-rated players. In fact, there are a couple league programs included in the 247SPorts winners and losers review of the 2023 recruiting cycle, as well as transfer portal superlatives as spring practice approaches.
The 2022-23 cycle for the transfer portal is unlike anything seen yet was the most active since it was first introduced by the NCAA in October 2018. Eligible players to enter before the window closed included FCS players, grad transfers, and those whose head coaches were fired. There were 3,083 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2021-22 transfer cycle, sources said. That is up from 2,646 in 2021-20, 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.
That whopping increase can be credited to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes are allowed to transfer once in their careers without having to sit out a year-in-residence. That means all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet an NCAA-mandated entry deadline.
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Using the 247Sports transfer portal player rankings as a guide for this exercise, let’s look at the 10 highest-rated transfers who signed with SEC schools.