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Ranking the Quarterback Transfer Portal Options for the Huskers - Dec 5th Update

Updated List of who the Huskers Could Potentially Land

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Officially the transfer portal opened on Monday making everything official, which means it’s a great time to do an update to the Power Rankings. We’ve seen one Big Ten school get their quarterback while a few new names have emerged. Where does everyone rank and does Nebraska have any new targets?

Committed

Max Brosmer, New Hampshire to Minnesota

New Names

Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma

After a two year stint at Oklahoma where he threw for 6,828 yards and 55 touchdowns, Gabriel is leaving the Sooners and deciding if he’ll join another school or declare for the NFL. Look for Mississippi State to be the front runner as Gabriel has been coached by new Bulldogs coach Jeff Lebby at both Central Florida and Oklahoma.

Kyle McCord, Ohio State

For Buckeyes fans that were used to seeing Justin Fields and CJ Stroud light up scoreboards and put up video game numbers, having Kyle McCord had to be a step down. However McCord ran an offense that was more geared to running the ball. At this point it looks like the Buckeyes may be in line for a transfer of their own and McCord saw the writing on the wall.

Sam Leavitt, Michigan State

A name that not a lot of fans are familiar with but should probably get used to. Both Steve Sipple and Sean Callahan of On3 have linked Leavitt to the Huskers. Sipple said that according to a source he is very interested in Nebraska. Leavitt has solid size at 6’2 200 pounds while showing some nice athleticism. As a freshman this past season Leavitt saw only limited time completing 15 of 23 passes for 139 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brock Vandagriff, Georgia

With starter Carson Beck likely returning and Dyan Raiola coming in, it was going to be tough for Vandagriff to see the field. The former 5 Star recruit and 22nd rated player in his recruiting class could be one of the top targets in the market. Vandagriff is largely untested throwing only 18 total passes in his college career.

We’ll Take, but They’re Headed to a Championship Contender

DJ Uiagalelei, Oregon State

Recent rumors don’t have DJU following his Oregon State coaches to Michigan State. Will Uiagalelei stay on the West Coast? His younger brother plays for Oregon and the Ducks could use someone to replace Bo Nix.

Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

As perfect for Nebraska as Grayson McCall would be, he’s likely looking to go to a school that he can win big at. But man I’d love to see him running the option in Lincoln.

Riley Leonard, Duke

Before an injury, Leonard was looking like one of the best quarterbacks in college football. But now with Mike Elko gone and at Texas A&M, Leonard is also looking to move on. Leonard could follow Elko to Aggieland but The Athletic has reported that industry insiders are saying Notre Dame is the favorite.

Dante Moore, UCLA

A former 5 Star prospect looked the part at times for UCLA but was eventually benched. Oregon could be a possibility because he was once verbally committed before flipping to UCLA before signing day. Moore is from Detroit and could look to return home to either Michigan State or even Michigan.

Best Available

1. Will Howard, Kansas State, Previously 1

Howard continues to be the top target and that was evident when Nebraska coaches went and visited Howard in Manhattan. However the Huskers have their hands full trying to lure Howard to Lincoln as USC and Notre Dame are also interested in him. Hopefully former teammate Adrian Martinez can be Nebraska’s ace up the sleeve.

2. Cam Ward, Washington State, Previously NR

In the first edition of these rankings, Ward was on the list of we’ll take him but he’s likely going to a contender. However, recent betting odds have come out and Nebraska showed up on the list at +400 with only Oregon, UCLA and Houston being the Power 5 teams ahead of the Huskers. Maybe the Huskers have a better shot of landing Ward than most originally thought.

3. Sam Leavitt, Michigan State, Previously NR

4. MJ Morris, NC State, Previously 2

In four games played last year, Morris threw for 719 yards and 7 touchdowns in three wins. But what could alarm Husker fans is that Morris also threw 5 interceptions in those four games. Morris has three years of eligibility, does Nebraska want a long term solution or a quick one year rental? Something to consider is that Nebraska was in Morris’ top 3 when he committed to NC State.

5. AJ Swann, Vanderbilt, Previously 3

You might not know much about AJ Swann, but that’s because he played at Vanderbilt. Not only does Swann have good size at 6’3 230 pounds but also has a strong arm and is a solid athlete. Could he thrive in a program that isn’t overmatched every single game?

6. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami, Previously 4

As redshirt freshman Van Dyke won ACC Rookie of the Year throwing for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Since then Van Dyke has had to learn two new systems and while struggling in 2022 before having a solid season this past year throwing for 2703 yards and 19 touchdowns. But what is concerning is that Van Dyke threw 15 interceptions this past year.

7. Tyler Shough, Texas Tech, Previously 8

The more I think about it, the more I think the Huskers end up with Shough. Last year the Huskers landed Sims largely because of the connection former Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins. Will the same happen with Shough because of the Huskers connection to Joey McGuire? Shough is talented but has had some bad injury luck.

8. Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Previously 7

A dual threat quarterback, Sluka led the FCS in rushing yards as a quarterback and nearly led an upset over Boston College. Sluka is more of a runner but has a decent enough arm. If Nebraska wants to continue to have a dual threat option, Sluka could very well be a great fit.

9. Will Rogers, Mississippi State, Previously 5

Thriving in the Air Raid, Rogers struggled in a more pro style scheme this past year. You have to think that he’ll end up at another Air Raid team and Wisconsin seems like a strong bet.

10. Gerry Bohanon, South Florida, Previously NR

Bohanon started his career at Baylor under Matt Rhule. Need some more bodies could Rhule look to bring back a quarterback he has some familiarity with?

11. Blake Shapen, Baylor, Previously NR

Unlike Bohanon, Shapen never played for Rhule at Baylor as he committed to Dave Aranda. But Shapen has also had success and Rhule’s ties to Baylor could give him insight into Shapen.