Exploring Potential Landing Spots for Top QBs In the Portal: Volume 2

by Connor Jackson

Photo courtesy of USC athletics

Each year, the transfer portal brings more and more surprises.

In the past week, we have seen plenty of those. The 2022 transfer quarterback class is already shaping up to be one of the best we have seen.

Here, we take a look at more quarterbacks who have recently entered the portal, and some potential landing spots:

Auburn | Bo Nix

After spending three years as Auburn’s starting quarterback, the former five-star is back on the market.

Nix, an Auburn quarterback legacy, was subject to a lot of criticism from fans in his three years at Auburn. Still, he would have been the Tigers’ all-time leading passer with another year, and he showcased some big-time playmaking ability.

Whether or not Nix will drop down a level or not is yet to be seen, but with his playmaking ability and three years of starting experience, he will be on the radar for a lot of teams looking for a quarterback.

One thing to note is that Nix reportedly has a “do not contact” attached to him in the portal. What does this mean? Well, he could already know where his next stop is.

Potential Landing Spots: UCF, Cincinnati, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida State, Troy, Oregon, North Carolina, Indiana

Incarnate Word | Cameron Ward

Since entering from the FCS level, Ward has instantly become one of the most wanted quarterbacks in the portal.

Ward threw for nearly 5,000 yards and 47 touchdowns this season, and was deemed as one of the best players at the FCS level.

His prolific passing ability is easily seen on film, but he is an athletic freak and can do some crazy things with the ball in his hands. To say he might be the most dynamic player in the portal might be an understatement.

Ward, a Texas native, has received four confirmed offers based on his Twitter. He also visited Ole Miss recently. Chances are, he will have numerous other schools to choose from.

Potential Landing Spots: Ole Miss, Indiana, North Texas, Houston, Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A&M, Auburn

USC | Kedon Slovis

Slovis battled through injuries and coaching changes in three seasons on his way to throwing for nearly 7,500 yards and 58 touchdowns in his USC career.

Slovis blossomed as a freshman, where he beat out JT Daniels for the starting job. He’s had some ups and downs since then, but he will leave USC as the program’s seventh all-time leading passer.

When healthy and at his best, Slovis was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. For that reason, he will have a wide variety of schools to choose from.

Slovis has already been mentioned as a possibility to land at Auburn, but the Arizona native could stay out west.

Potential Landing Spots: Auburn, Arizona, Arizona State, San Jose State, California, Oregon State

Texas A&M | Zach Calzada

Calzada initially lost the starting quarterback job this past season to Haynes King. After an early season-ending injury to King, Calzada was thrown right into the fire for the Aggies.

The numbers did not look great for Calzada, who completed just 56% of his passes. Still, he showed great toughness this season, especially against Alabama. Against the Crimson Tide, he came back into the game late after suffering an injury, and led the Aggies on a game-winning drive.

It is clear Calzada has some potential, and a year of starting experience in the SEC did nothing but make him better.

Is Calzada a plug-and-play quarterback? That is up to coaching staffs to decide. However, the Georgia native has been linked to some other schools.

Potential Landing Spots: LSU, Auburn, North Carolina, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern

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