College football transfer portal winners, losers: USC and Ole Miss thrive, Arizona State endures mass exodus

The deadline for players to enter the transfer portal and receive immediate eligibility for the 2022 college football season passed on Sunday, May 1, which brings a moment of calm to what has been one of the most chaotic periods of college football in recent memory. 

More than 2,000 players entered the transfer portal during the 2021-22 school year with a large number coming during major coaching changes or system revamps. Virtually every Power Five program has taken a handful of transfers to immediately fill holes. With hundreds of players remaining in the portal, more could be making decisions on their futures soon. 

Here are eight programs that stand apart as winners and losers from the 2022 transfer portal cycle. 


USC: Rebuilding looks a little different these days. After spurning Oklahoma, coach Lincoln Riley nabbed the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports transfer rankings in his first offseason to quickly build a Trojans roster in his image. 

Bringing quarterback Caleb Williams from Oklahoma was the headliner, but USC also added receiver Mario Williams, linebacker Eric Gentry and running back Travis Dye as sought-after playmakers. Four receivers transferred to join Riley’s high-flying offense — Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison could also join the fold — but more than half of the class’s transfers came on the defensive side of the ball as defensive coordinator Alex Grinch worked to build some depth. Granted, the Trojans also lost a handful of key players to the portal, like quarterback Jaxson Dart and tight end Michael Trigg, but if the Trojans compete for a Pac-12 title right away, Riley will owe the transfer portal a debt of gratitude. 

Ole Miss: Rebels coach Lane Kiffin declared himself the “Portal King” after…


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