This will be the first edition of many for when the portal opens up. Here we'll discuss some players and traits they bring to their new programs. Each week, we'll highlight a few players with devy potential and cff only players at each position.
Washington State- Cam Ward brings a lively arm and good mobility with a knack for making something out of nothing, which makes him a devy asset. However, there are traits to be wary of. Ward holds onto the ball far too long which causes issues with turnovers and sacks. When watching his tape, this is due to his inconsistencies in processing defenses. He doesn’t always trust what he sees and it may be due to the trust factor with his Receivers. Another negative trait is his inaccuracy as a passer at times, there are just throws that just get away from him. It’s been reported he’s had multiple NIL offers at $1 million plus. He should be one of the top names at the position and there are many top-tier teams that are going to be needing a stop-gap Quarterback for a season.
Kansas State- Will Howard brings a bigger stature at 6 '5'' and over 240lbs, Howard has a strong arm and isn’t afraid to stress the defense with his arm or his feet, Howard brings good mobility for his size. He’ll bring a lot to an offense that is modern and will allow Howard to be creative with his feet and a lot of motions to cause chaos on the defense. My worry with him is during his entire tenure the coaching staff truly never gave him the reins of the offense. When Howard came in, he sat behind Skylar Thompson until he ran out of eligibility and then the program brought in Adrian Martinez to be the starter and finally recruited Avery Johnson. Howard was never truly the face of the program or given the keys to the offense, there was always someone else there just in case. This past season they flirted with Avery Johnson and decided to give him the keys to the offense and be the face of the program. It’s been reported that USC has been in contact with Howard. His prototypical size and tools give him interesting potential in devy leagues.
Duke- Riley Leonard Has a no-contact designation, Leonard will contact teams that he’s interested in. There’s been a lot of devy buzz around Leonard for the past couple of years. Leonard processes defense well and is a plus athlete who can extend plays and create on his own when the play breaks down. Leonard doesn’t possess the strongest arm but is accurate and places the ball well for his Receivers. He’s been linked to Notre Dame and Texas A&M, but no official visits have taken place.
NC State- MJ Morris has always shown ability in his limited chances and this past season, found success and shut down his season after 4 games to preserve his redshirt and eligibility. He’s one of the more intriguing names as he possesses the most upside and will be exciting for a team that is looking for a multi-year starter and not a stop-gap until that particular team’s Freshman is ready to take over. He could develop into a devy asset with more seasoning.
Miami (FL)- Don Chaney Jr leaves a crowded backfield at Miami and never found his footing after his injury two years ago. Before the injury, Chaney showed the ability to create after the catch. Chaney is a hard-nosed runner who brings more power than quickness at this stage of his game. It’s been reported that he has a visit to South Carolina lined up. Chaney possesses traits to be a devy asset, but will need to prove it on the field at his next stop.
Mississippi State- Simeon Price never really found his footing this year when the offense moved away from the Mike Leach era. In High School, Price was lined up everywhere, including the slot and made plays with his hands. As a Freshman at Mississippi State, Price was an effective runner and it will be interesting to see where he ends up. He brings with him some intriguing intangibles, but not likely a devy asset.
Middle Tennessee- Frank Peasant was hampered by an injury and never found his footing in a down year for him and Middle Tennessee. Peasant brings value as a receiver out of the backfield and short area yardage, he will complement a backfield.
FIU- Kris Mitchell has been outstanding for FIU and enters his name in the portal. A transfer up to a Power 5 school, where he could develop into a devy asset, is likely. Mitchell has a good catch radius and tracks the ball well. Mitchell runs a full route tree and is a good route runner who knows where to sit in zone coverages and has the ability to win against press coverage with a good release package. Mitchell is a plus athlete and will be interesting to see where he lands.
South Alabama- Caullin Lacy really blossomed during his time at South Alabama and became the focal point in Major Applewhite’s offense this past season. Lacy is a plus athlete and has developed his route running. He’s a nice player to watch and we’ll have to see his next destination, but he could be someone that can continue to rise in devy rankings.
Boise State- Eric McAlister really blossomed for Boise State this year and it didn’t matter who was throwing him the football. McAlister made plays and flashed for them, McAlister opted out mid-season. As a redshirt Sophomore, he’ll be coveted due to multiple years of potential eligibility.
Texas A&M- Raymond Cottrell wrapped up his True Freshman season and didn’t really make an impact and will now be seeking a new home. Cottrell, as a recruit was an athlete, good with the ball in his hands, he lined up out wide and took a lot of rushing carries. Cottrell is an above-average route runner with strong hands and good at the catch point, a physical player after the catch with good overall speed. He would be best suited for a program that is innovative and finds ways to scheme up their best players. A Power 5 school still seems likely and not someone I would expect to go down in competition, but ending up at Western Kentucky or UTSA would be fun.
Fantasy football was always a hobby, rooting for the Michigan Wolverines was always a passion. It was only a matter of time when the world’s collided. Then came devy, what started as watching film to being a better fan, I became obsessed with finding the next NFL fantasy stud while in college. Devy is a passion and I’m excited to talk about potential stars you may not know about today, and why you should know their name for tomorrow.