Transfer portal rankings 2024: Updated list of top college football players by position, from Riley Leonard to Kyle McCord

The NCAA transfer portal has reached record numbers once more as hundreds of players across college football look for new homes.

There were several portal success stories in the 2023 season and multiple names will be looking to have the same jump in 2024 that Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr had this fall.

Here’s a look at the top players available after the official opening on the portal on Dec. 4.

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Transfer portal rankings 2024: Top players available

Here are the top 20 overall players in the portal to date: 

1. Riley Leonard, QB, Duke

Leonard has been linked heavily to Notre Dame and has a “do not contact” tag beside his name in the transfer portal, making it appear his destination has already been decided.

2. Cam Ward, QB, Washington State

Ward has one year of eligibility left and can lend his talents to a new program in a big way after being named a Pac-12 Conference honorable mention in 2022 with 3,232 yards and 23 touchdowns, then posting better numbers this year. 

3. Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma

This one came as a bit of a shock with how strong a pairing there seemed to be between Oklahoma and Gabriel on the outside, though the thought he may be able to collect a bigger paycheck elsewhere in the NIL era should not be dismissed.

4. Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina

McCall did not have the season he wanted to with the Chanticleers, set back by injury in a state of transition, but can re-cement himself as one of the sport’s most electric players with a change of scenery. 

5. Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State

Rogers shattered multiple records in the Air Raid, but was the collateral damage in Zach Arnett’s attempt to make the MSU offense do a 180-degree turn on a dime. In a more pass-happy scheme, he should be able to get back to himself elsewhere.

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6. Will Howard, QB, Kansas State

There are other quarterbacks in the portal who may be considered more solid in certain facets of the game than Howard is, but he’s considered by many to be the “best all-around quarterback prospect.”

7. Juice Wells, WR, South Carolina

Pete Thamel said he considered Wells “at or near the top of the portal market” for wide receivers on Monday. Wells missed much of the 2023 season with a foot injury and totals 965 yards and seven touchdowns over his career.

8. Jalen Catalon, DB, Texas

Catalon, formerly of Arkansas, will be highly sought-after following a season in which he had 17 tackles and forced one fumble.

8. Rico Flores Jr., WR, Notre Dame

Flores became the fourth Notre Dame receiver and the ninth member of the Fighting Irish overall to enter the portal, marking a devastating loss for the offense.

9. Caullin Lacy, WR, South Alabama

Lacy is one of the best offensive players in the nation and one of the strongest representatives of the Sun Belt Conference in the portal, earning first-team honors after the season.

10. Kyle McCord, QB, Ohio State

The McCord era didn’t exactly go as planned at Ohio State, and the parting of ways is probably what is best for both sides. McCord, who showed some flashes of upside, has the chance to get his feet under him with a change of scenery.

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11. Donaven McCulley, WR, Indiana

McCulley will look to maintain a high level of production for a new offense after leading the Hoosiers with 644 yards and six touchdowns on the 2023 season.

12. Joey Slackman, DL, Pennsylvania

Slackman has received offers from multiple different schools since his entrance to the portal. Slackman totaled 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, one pass breakup and one blocked kick as a senior.

13. Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami

There was a time Van Dyke was considered to be a potential first-round draft pick, though injury and other factors have caused him to take a step back. After showing some potential to return to that status early in the season, he still has the chance to hit his ceiling under a different staff.

14. DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Oregon State

Uiagalelei was expected to be one of the best quarterbacks in the nation when he took the field for Clemson before heading over to Oregon State. It was with the Beavers that Uiagalelei was able to get back to what he was projected to be and he can bolster his resume by doing that at a higher level.

15. Monroe Mills, OT, Texas Tech

Mills projects as one of the best offensive line prospects in the portal after a solid performance with the Red Raiders.

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16. Marcus Carroll, RB, Georgia State

Carroll has the chance to make a significant impact on a program after he was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.

17. Dante Moore, QB, UCLA

Moore has been pinned as a potential fit for Michigan several times since he entered the portal, and could be a match for the Wolverines or another program.

18. Walter Nolen, DL, Texas A&M

Nolen, the former No. 2 overall recruit for the Class of 2022, will take the field elsewhere as the Aggies enter a new era with Jimbo Fisher fired and former Duke coach Mike Elko in.

19. Tobias Merriweather, WR, Notre Dame

Many are under the impression Merriweather’s full potential has not yet been fully given the potential to hit at Notre Dame, and he’ll look to do that for another team.

20. Tyler Shough, QB, Texas Tech

Shough has struggled with injury, not allowing him to fully show what he brings to the table in a clean season. Shough will be on his third school after beginning his career at Oregon.

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Transfer portal rankings 2024 by position

Quarterbacks

  1. Riley Leonard, Duke
  2. Cam Ward, Washington State
  3. Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma
  4. Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
  5. Will Rogers, Mississippi State

Wide receivers

  1. Juice Wells, South Carolina
  2. Rico Flores Jr., Notre Dame
  3. Caullin Lacy, South Alabama
  4. Donaven McCulley, Indiana
  5. Tobias Merriweather, Notre Dame

Running backs

  1. Marcus Carroll, Georgia State
  2. George Pettaway, UNC
  3. Tawee Walker, Oklahoma
  4. Treshaun Ward, Kansas State
  5. Don Chaney Jr., Miami

Tight ends

  1. Justin Joly, Connecticut
  2. Corey Dyches, Maryland
  3. Mark Redman, San Diego State
  4. Drake Dabney, Baylor
  5. Tanner Koziol, Ball State

Offensive tackles

  1. Monroe Mills, Texas Tech
  2. DJ Wingfield, New Mexico
  3. Micah Sahakian, Cornell
  4. Corey Stewart, Ball State
  5. Carter Smith, Indiana

Interior offensive linemen

  1. Justin Mayers, UTEP
  2. Ethan Miner, North Texas
  3. Easton Kilty, North Dakota
  4. Davion Carter, Memphis
  5. Vincent Murphy, WKU

Defensive linemen

  1. Joey Slackman, Pennsylvania
  2. Walter Nolen, Texas A&M
  3. Thor Griffith, Harvard
  4. Marley Cook, Middle Tennessee
  5. Aeneas Peebles, Duke

EDGE rushers

  1. Trey Moore, UTSA
  2. RJ Oben, Duke
  3. Mikail Kamara, JMU
  4. Kenard Snyder, ULM
  5. Kyle Kennard, Georgia Tech

Linebackers

  1. Chris Paul Jr., Arkansas
  2. Corey Flagg Jr., Miami
  3. Jaishawn Barham, Maryland
  4. Bangally Kamara, Pitt
  5. Shaun Dolac, Buffalo

Defensive backs

  1. Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
  2. Kamari Wilson, Florida
  3. Upton Stout, WKU
  4. Phillip Dunnam, Indiana
  5. Toriano Pride, Clemson

Kickers/punters

  1. Parker Lewis, Ohio State
  2. Jackson Kennedy, Cornell
  3. Michael O’Shaughnessy, Michigan State
  4. Ethan Duane, Old Dominion
  5. Cooper Hamilton, Houston

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