While the transfer portal has no shortage of options, the group of immediate-impact players is much thinner.
Most notably, three big-name quarterbacks are still undecided. Caleb Williams (Oklahoma), JT Daniels (Georgia) and Jaxson Dart (USC) headline the prime targets in the portal.
Beyond them, most of the noteworthy transfers are offensive talents, including running back Jarek Broussard (Colorado) who earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2020. Still, there are a couple of intriguing defenders on the board, too.
While the list is subjective, the main factor is previous production. The choices are ordered alphabetically.
Jarek Broussard, RB
Despite the shortened 2020 season, Jarek Broussard emerged as one of the nation's best stories.
Knee injuries derailed his senior year of high school and freshman season at Colorado. Then, he scampered for 895 yards—a sterling 149.2 per game—and five touchdowns in 2020, becoming the first player in CU history to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.
Broussard had a quieter 2021 campaign but still rushed for 661 yards at a respectable 4.7 yards per carry. Along with two touchdowns on the ground, he also caught 13 passes.
Even if he's not a featured runner at a new program, Broussard can be a solid complementary piece in the backfield.
JT Daniels, QB
College has been quite a journey for JT Daniels.
After earning 5-star status in the 2018 cycle, he made a rapid impression at USC. Daniels started 11 games as a true freshman and offered the potential to lead the Pac-12 program back to national prominence. But then, a knee injury stalled his 2019 campaign in the season opener, and he eventually transferred to Georgia.
Injuries, however, again sidelined Daniels. He was limited to four (fantastic!) games in 2020 and six appearances in 2021, and Georgia won a national title with Stetson Bennett under center—and he recently announced he'll be back in 2022.
So, Daniels will not.
Considering he threw for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2020 and posted another 300-yard, three-touchdown game in 2021, Daniels is a valuable option. Hopefully the football-injury gods will have mercy on him next season, too.
Jaxson Dart, QB
Not unlike Daniels, Jaxson Dart turned heads at USC as a true freshman. While he didn't have quite as much production, Dart recorded 1,353 passing yards and 11 total touchdowns in six games.
The looming prospect of Caleb Williams rejoining former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, however, nudged Dart into the portal.