Impact CFB Transfer Targets Who Can Still Move This Offseason

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 24, 2020

Impact CFB Transfer Targets Who Can Still Move This Offseason

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    The transfer portal changes the college football landscape every season, and a lot of big names are already looking to play for new teams in 2020.

    It's hard to overstate just how valuable a player transferring to your program can be. Three of the starting quarterbacks in this year's College Football Playoff had transferred from their previous schools, including national champion and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.

    Players like Burrow, Justin Fields and Jalen Hurts changed the trajectories of their respective schools, and that's exactly what a handful of programs are hoping can happen to them in the coming weeks.

    Some of the bigger names like Felipe Franks (Arkansas) and D'Eriq King (Miami) have already decided where they are transferring to, but let's take a look at a handful of players with immediate eligibility who have yet to choose their new schools and could make a major impact wherever they land.

Chase Brice, QB, Clemson

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    Backing up a superstar for your entire college career has to be tough, so it's hard to judge Clemson quarterback Chase Brice for wanting to find somewhere else to compete for a starting job.

    Star Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence has gone 29-1 as a starter in college, but Brice has been no stranger to playing time in garbage time or otherwise. Brice stepped in for an injured Lawrence against Syracuse in 2018, helping to hold off the Orange to stay undefeated.

    Brice completed only 58.8 percent of his passes this past season, but he still threw for 581 yards, four touchdowns and an interception on only 85 attempts. He was a 3-star recruit out of Loganville, Georgia, but he ultimately chose to play for the Tigers.

    Although Brice isn't likely to find a new home at a program as elite as Clemson, a reputable team in need of a starting-caliber quarterback could get one with a lot of potential in the coming weeks.

    With the right offensive scheme, Brice could seize a starting gig in 2020.

Scott Bracey, WR, Duke

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    A Duke wide receiver might not sound like an electric player, but Scott Bracey has a real chance to prove any doubters wrong with a fresh start next season.

    Bracey joined the Blue Devils as one of their top recruits in the 2016 class. The 4-star recruit was the seventh-best athlete nationwide and second-best player from Virginia.

    However, that hype has yet to translate into production. Bracey caught only 11 passes across his first two seasons, and he had 21 catches for 270 yards and two scores this past year.

    Despite a lack of production with Duke, Bracey still possesses a promising 6'2" frame and the explosiveness to make big plays. He may not be a No. 1 option for any big Power Five programs in his final season of eligibility, but he could find a productive role somewhere if he's given the right opportunity.

Kyle Meyers, DB, Florida State

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    Kyle Meyers was expected to be one of Florida State's breakout defensive players in 2019. However, that didn't pan out, and Meyers is headed elsewhere rather than play for his fourth head coach in Tallahassee.

    Meyers was a strong contributor for the Seminoles in 2018, making plays all over the field. He finished his junior season with 29 total tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, two interceptions and four pass breakups.

    However, Meyers wasn't able to carry that momentum into his senior season. He played in only four games, which allowed him to secure a redshirt to keep one final year of eligibility.

    Instead of playing under yet another new head coach in Mike Norvell, Meyers is going to try his luck elsewhere in 2020. He was a 4-star recruit out of Louisiana in high school, and he has the playmaking ability to wreak havoc all over the field.

    Florida State is losing a number of players amid this coaching change, so we'll see if Meyers lands somewhere he can contribute right away.

K.J. Costello, QB, Stanford

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    Most of the big-name quarterbacks in the transfer portal have already enrolled at other programs, which leaves former Stanford signal-caller K.J. Costello as perhaps the biggest remaining available name.

    Costello was the established starter at quarterback and a two-time captain for the Cardinal. But a handful of injuries, including a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit against Northwestern, sidelined him multiple times throughout the 2019 season. Costello played in only five games, passing for 1,038 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.

    The injury history is some cause for concern, but Costello is an established pro-style quarterback who made big plays for Stanford in the past. He was also a top-50 recruit out of high school and a top-three pro-style QB in the 2016 class.

    Pair that with his 6'5", 222-pound frame, and you have a quarterback that a lot of teams would be thrilled to have on their roster. Don't be surprised if Costello lands with another prestigious program, where he'll have a good chance at being named the starter before the season begins.


    All recruiting rankings via 247Sports.