Mississippi Strikes Gold in College Football's Transfer Portal
Ole Miss is making waves in college football's transfer portal for the 2024 season. Recently, they have secured the commitments of four highly-ranked players from rival SEC schools. These include standout defensive lineman Walter Nolen from Texas A&M, dynamic edge-rushers Princely Umanmielen from Florida and Tyler Baron from Tennessee, as well as talented wide receiver Antwane "Juice" Wells from South Carolina.
However, the transfer portal is a two-way street, and Ole Miss has also experienced losses. Just recently, sophomore running back Quinshon Judkins, who had an impressive season with Ole Miss, announced his intention to enter the portal.
Judkins has been a key playmaker for Mississippi's offense over the past two seasons, accumulating over 3,000 scrimmage yards and 34 touchdowns. He was recognized as a first-team All-SEC running back in both of those seasons.
Judkins hails from Pike Road, Ala., which raises the question of whether he may be considering Alabama or Auburn, the state's rival programs, as potential landing spots.
According to CBS Sports writer Barrett Sallee, Miami, Clemson, and Deion Sanders' Colorado program are also potential options for Judkins. Sallee noted that Colorado had the worst rushing offense among all FBS teams in 2023.
For Ole Miss, if they are looking to add another running back from the transfer portal, 247Sports suggests some potential options. These include Dante Dowdell from Oregon, Ja'Quinden Jackson from Utah, Jordan Houston from North Carolina State, as well as Peny Boone from Toledo and Rashad Amos from Miami of Ohio.
Interestingly, while Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin wished Judkins the best, quarterback Jaxson Dart shared a cryptic video on Instagram featuring retired NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who expressed a preference for playing against selfish players rather than with them. Dart later deleted the video.
Only time will tell whether Mississippi's offense will feel the impact of losing Judkins in the 2024 season. This situation serves as a reminder that while a program can benefit greatly from the transfer portal, it can also be vulnerable to the repercussions of players choosing to transfer.
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