College football coaches pick the transfer portal winners

College Football’s first — and most significant — transfer portal window closed last week.

While the quarterback transfer market wasn’t as exciting as last year, the numbers – 2,729 players entered the portal this December compared to 1,617 last December – and the names – cornerback Travis Hunter (Jackson State to Colorado), wide receiver Dominic Lovett ( Missouri to Georgia), edge Dasan McCullough (Indiana to Oklahoma), running back Carson Steele (Ball State to UCLA) and quarterback Sam Hartman (Wake Forest to Notre Dame) among them — were significant.

The portal is now closed until May 1st, so it’s time to evaluate which teams did the best. I spoke with coaches and personnel directors, including at the American Football Coaches Association Convention earlier this month, to assess the biggest portal winners from the early cycle.

Here are eight teams they have chosen.

No program has generated more buzz for its portal prowess than Florida State, even among coaches outside the ACC. Portal has become a focal point for the Seminoles, who relied on several transfers from last winter — defensive end Jared Verse (Albany), wide receiver Johnny Wilson (Arizona State), running back Trey Benson (Oregon) — to record their first season with 10 wins since 2016.

FSU has been active again, drawing potential difference makers from both Group of 5 and Power 5 programs, including some from the ACC.

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