College Football QB Report 11/28/2023
Welcome to the transfer portal, Tyler Van Dyke...and dozens of other quarterbacks
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🏈 Tyler Van Dyke became one of the hottest quarterback names on the transfer portal market after starting for three years with the Hurricanes.
🏈 Duke is reportedly concerned about a potential transfer portal entry from Riley Leonard, who missed plenty of this season battling multiple injuries.
🏈 Kansas State and Michigan State are seeing a mass exodus in their quarterback rooms as both programs lost three QBs to the transfer portal already.
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TRANSFER PORTAL REPORT
North Carolina has emerged as a school to keep an eye on for Texas A&M transfer quarterback Max Johnson (Stats), according to 247Sports’ Matt Zenitz. He also put in a crystal ball prediction for Johnson to land with the Tar Heels. Johnson spent the last two years with the Aggies after playing two at LSU and has to years of eligibility remaining as the Tar Heels look to replace Drake Maye (Stats), who could be the top pick in the NFL Draft this spring. Several potential transfer QBs reached out to North Carolina to see if there is any interest if they enter the transfer portal, according to 247Sports’ Clint Brewster. Conner Harrell (Stats) has been the backup all season but has seen just 19 snaps over his two years at UNC, so this is a quarterback room with very little game experience. Maye said he has yet to decide whether he will play in the bowl game.
Kansas State QBs Will Howard (Stats), Jake Rubley (Stats) and Adryan Lara (Stats) announced they will enter the transfer portal. Howard started games in each of the last four seasons for the Wildcats and held on to the starting role despite the emergence of true freshman Avery Johnson (Stats). Rubley played in six games over three seasons at Kansas State but was the third option in 2023, and Lara did not appear in a game over two years with the Wildcats. Howard has one year of eligibility remaining and has not shut the door on declaring for the NFL Draft with a fourth- to sixth-round grade, according to On3’s Pete Nakos, who was told the schools to watch are Washington, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky and Auburn. Rubley has two years of eligibility remaining, and Lara has three more to play. This is clearly Johnson’s team moving forward, and Jacob Knuth (Stats) is the only other QB on the roster as the Wildcats get ready for the bowl game. The Wildcats obviously need to make some moves in the transfer portal to fill their quarterback room, but it could be difficult landing quality options with Johnson as the present and future of this team.
Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (Stats) announced he will enter the transfer portal. Van Dyke was a three-year starter with the Hurricanes but briefly lost his starting spot to true freshman Emory Williams (Stats), who suffered a season-ending arm injury in his lone start. Van Dyke reclaimed the role and will have one year of eligibility at his next school. He has a redshirt available, but it’s unlikely that will be used unless he suffers an injury. Williams is projected to return for spring practice and is the top candidate to start in 2024 with Jacurri Brown (Stats) as his main challenger. Brown will likely make his season debut and start in the bowl game.
Michigan State quarterback Sam Leavitt (Stats) announced he will enter the transfer portal after redshirting in his true freshman season this fall, and Noah Kim (Stats) is also on the move, according to The Athletic’s Max Olson. This comes a day after Katin Houser (Stats) announced he’s in the portal, making Andrew Schorfhaar (Stats) the lone quarterback on the current roster. Kim has two years of eligibility remaining after opening the season as the starter before Houser took over the role. Leavitt appeared in four games before shutting things down, meaning he has four years of eligibility remaining at his next school. The Spartans named Jonathan Smith their new head coach two days ago, and Leavitt told Spartans Illustrated’s David Harns he has hard feelings there after Oregon State did not offer him as an in-state 4-star prospect.