Thanks to mass transfers and the influx of name, image and likeness partnerships altering the college football landscape, never has the offseason calendar been as news-centric as this one. A plethora of head-coaching changes at major programs increases the intrigue, and leads to notable roster moves.
There's momentum behind the 2023 NFL Draft crop of quarterbacks too, and many of those potential first-rounders have garnered hype coming out of spring. There's even talk of opt-outs again, specifically future top 5 pick Will Anderson from Alabama, whose draft stock was solidified after a 17.5-sack sophomore sensation year.
Players appearing in most headlines coming out of spring jump off the page and won't come as a surprise to the college football purists out there.
Here's a look at eight players dominating the conversation and generating the most offseason buzz heading into summer.
JORDAN ADDISON, WR, PITTSBURGH
The reigning Biletnikoff winner entering the transfer portal just ahead of the spring deadline, followed by Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi reportedly accusing USC's Lincoln Riley of tampering? That's the kind of offseason fire college football fans never saw coming this month. According to 247Sports reporter Chris Hummer, Texas and USC are involved in the pursuit of Addison. He's expected to visit the Trojans this weekend, fresh off a visit to the Longhorns. Several other power programs also project to enter the mix and teams looking for a wide receiver spark in the transfer portal include Alabama, Georgia and Miami.
Addison posted a photo from his visit to Texas this week via his Instagram story, kicking off his trek in Austin to see what the Longhorns have to offer the college football's transfer portal's best available player. Addison reportedly has no timetable on his transfer decision after he entered the portal prior to the deadline this month with a 247Sports transfer rating of 97, making him the No. 5 transfer overall in the 2022 cycle and the top transfer available. Addison set a Pittsburgh record with 100 receptions in a single season last fall and his touchdown total ranked second all-time, trailing just legendary receiver Larry Fitzgerald.