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Farrell: Ranking The Top Portal Recruiting Teams from Each Conference

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Oftentimes the rich get richer in the transfer portal but which teams in each Power Five conference helped themselves the most? The answer sometimes isn’t obvious.

Big Ten

Nebraska — From 3-9 to a bowl game? It could happen as the Huskers have added a ton of talent to their roster led by Texas QB Casey Thompson. TCU DE Ochaun Mathis will provide an immediate boost for the pass rush and they are bringing in a dangerous core of wide receivers and adding some serious depth at defensive back. This could be worth four wins.

SEC

South Carolina — The quarterback situation was a nightmare for the Gamecocks last year and now they have former Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler. Add in big target Austin Stogner, wide receiver Corey Rucker and a couple of legit running backs and you have the most improved offense in the SEC.

ACC

Miami — This was a toss up between Miami and Georgia Tech for me but the haul on defense for the Hurricanes tipped them over the edge. Defensive linemen Darrell Jackson and Ahkeem Mesidor from Power Five programs will clear the way for LB Caleb Johnson from Texas to make a ton of tackles. This could push the Canes to a division title.

Pac-12

USC — This is a bit obvious as a 4-8 USC team will now compete for the Pac-12. Oklahoma transplants Caleb Williams and Mario Williams are great but don’t discount running back Troy Dye from Oregon as he fills a huge hole. Oh and Jordan Addison is only the Biletnikoff winner. On defense Solomon Byrd is a steal from Wyoming.

Big 12

Oklahoma — The Sooners lost a ton when Lincoln Riley left but they rebounded pretty well and landing. Dillon Gabriel was huge at quarterback and they will continue to be dangerous at wide receiver with LV Bunkley-Shelton and Javian Hester. There were also some depth additions at defensive back that will help the defense.

Known as “The Godfather” of recruiting, Farrell joins The Portal Report after a stellar 24-year run with recruiting site Rivals. Farrell has covered football at all three levels, with national TV experience and over 20 years serving as Rivals’ National Recruiting Director.

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