College football transfer portal: What happens when players enter transfer portal?

Depending on who you talk to, the NCAA transfer portal is either the greatest thing to happen to college football or the worst.

Player movement is at an all-time high due to the gate, and this off-season has seen some of the best in the sport’s switching teams.

It is simple to say that transfers have played major roles in BYU, Utah, and the Utah State. The Utes and Aggies wouldn’t have won their own conferences last season without transfers, and BYU hasn’t won ten games in a row in successive years.

In a recent Q&A with Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said, “I would say in general, since the gate came out so far, we’ve come out on the positive side of that ledger. We’ve gained more than we lost.”

For all the good that Portal has done, though, there have always been questions about what happens to the majority of players who switch. Where do they end up? Will their football career continue?

On Tuesday morning, Rivals, one of the major national employment services, answered some of those questions.

Across Transfer portal for a specific Twitter accountRivals has released transfer portal stats for each Power Five conference, including the percentage of players who have transferred to Power Five schools, to Group of Five schools, to FCS and Division II schools, as well as the number of players currently still in the transfer portal without House.

Here are the numbers (data based on players who entered the portal after August 1, 2021):

ACC

  • 71.6% found new schools.
  • 40.6% of players are committed to P5 schools.
  • 40.6% of players are committed to G5 schools.
  • 18.8% of players are committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 47 players remain at the gate.

big ten

  • 68% found new schools.
  • 36.2% of players are committed to P5 Schools.
  • 46.6% of players are committed to G5 schools.
  • 17.2% of players are committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 57 players remain at the gate.

big 12

  • 61.3% found new schools.
  • 41.8% of players are committed to P5 schools.
  • 38.8% of players are committed to G5 schools.
  • 19.4% of players are committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 46 players are still in the gate.

Buck 12

  • 56.2% found new schools.
  • 51.2% of players are committed to P5 Schools.
  • 30.9% of players are committed to G5 schools.
  • 17.9% of players are committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 63 players are still in the gate.

SEC

  • 73% found new schools.
  • 48.8% of players are committed to P5 schools.
  • 36.2% of players are committed to G5 schools.
  • 15% of players are committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 49 players are still in the gate.

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