The 2021 College football season is going to be exciting. A wealth of teams lost top-tier talent to the NFL , but are still looking to maintain success (difference between a team and a program). The transfer portal has made it possible for these teams to fill gaps with players that need a change of scenery for whatever reason.
McKenzie Milton: UCF➡️FSU
Milton will finish out his college career with Head Coach, Mike Norvell, in Tallahassee after his High-school teammate, Dillion Gabriel, took the reins for the Knights. Milton gained fame as the leader of the “Undefeated National Champions” UCF team in 2017. Infamously, he would suffer a horrific leg injury the next year.
Two years removed from the field, he decided to transfer to Florida State, a program that is trying to find its identity in an increasingly competitive ACC. Watch for Milton to utilize sophomore transfer RB, Jashuan Corbin, as a safety valve. If Milton can find another 4K yards, watch out for him to bring FSU back to glory.
Jack Coan: Wisconsin➡️Notre Dame
Ian Book left a massive gap for head coach, Brian Kelly, to fill. After undergoing foot surgery in 2020, Coan will return to the field to try and reignite his 2019 success as the presumed starter.
Our best sample of Coan is his 2019 season. Coan had a 69% completion percentage to pair with 2,727 yards and 18TDs. That season would end in a Rose bowl loss to Oregon, but it was a season to remember for the Badgers.
Coan will be cursed by the comparisons to Books illustrious career, but I would be excited if I was a fan of the Irish. You just secured another QB, who has proven success and can help push you back to the CFB playoff. Hell, maybe he can even push the Fighting Irish into the final….probably not though.
Ryan Hilinski: UofSC➡️North Western
Admittedly this is a homer pick. Ryan has an amazing story that he brought to South Carolina and in turn, we accepted him and gave him a home. Then, the worst OC in the country, Mike Bobo, refused to acknowledge a talented QB and started a bum transfer over Ryan. (No hard feelings, right?)
Northwestern has been the most competitive team in the BIG10 (that doesn’t feature “THE” in their name) and they want to continue that success. Northwestern secured a QB who was highly recruited out of high school and ended up starting his freshmen year; putting up decent stats through 11 games. The most notable thing was his leadership, he kept South Carolina in every game that he played in, including a MASSIVE upset against Georgia.
Northwestern already has the weapons, now they have the QB. With Hilinski, they’ll be back in the BIG10 championship and could honestly secure the wildcats as a top-15 program.