2024 ACC Football Transfer Commitments/Signees

By David Glenn
North Carolina Sports Network
(last updated Feb. 6, 2024)

(Details on OUTGOING transfers can be found HERE.)

Thanks to the NCAA’s creation of the transfer portal in 2018, then the organization’s revolutionary 2021 rule change that allowed first-time transfers to be immediately eligible at their new school, the manner in which college football teams are built and sustained has changed dramatically.

The two teams in this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference football championship game, Florida State and Louisville, are the two teams that were most aggressive in the transfer portal during the 2022-23 cycle. It’s not an exaggeration to say that a majority of the Seminoles’ and Cardinals’ best players in 2023 started their college careers elsewhere.

Meanwhile, of the 12 offensive players honored this year on the All-ACC first team, six — exactly half! — were major college transfers: Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis (formerly of Louisville), Louisville running back Jawhar Jordan (Syracuse), Virginia wide receiver Malik Washington (Northwestern), Florida State wide receiver and punt returner Keon Coleman (Michigan State), Florida State guard D’Mitri Emmanuel (Charlotte) and Louisville center Bryan Hudson (Virginia Tech). Interestingly, three of those six standout players were incoming transfers from other ACC programs.

At the quarterback position alone, 11 major college transfers were full-time or part-time starters for ACC teams during the 2023 season, including two each at Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech: NC State’s Brennan Armstrong (formerly of Virginia), Boston College’s Thomas Castellanos (UCF), Virginia Tech’s Kyron Drones (Baylor), Georgia Tech’s Haynes King (Texas A&M), Virginia’s Tony Muskett (Monmouth), Louisville’s Jack Plummer (Purdue and California), Pitt’s Phil Jurkovec (Notre Dame and Boston College), Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader (Mississippi State), FSU’s Travis (Louisville), Pitt’s Christian Veilleux (Penn State) and Virginia Tech’s Grant Wells (Marshall).

More than 60 percent of major college transfers in the 2023-24 cycle have picked a new school, and more than 150 such players are destined for ACC programs. Approximately five percent of would-be transfers have withdrawn their names from the portal and opted to remain at their current school.

The list of ACC teams below includes 2024 newcomers California, Southern Methodist and Stanford because those schools’ incoming transfers will be participating in the league this fall.

At the quarterback position alone, 11 ACC teams have received a commitment from a player with starting experience at another school or schools: Cal (Chandler Rogers/Louisiana-Monroe and North Texas), Duke (Maalik Murphy/Texas), Florida State (DJ Uiagalelei/Clemson and Oregon State), Louisville (Tyler Shough/Oregon and Texas Tech), Miami (Reese Poffenbarger/Albany and Cam Ward/Washington State and Incarnate Word), North Carolina (Max Johnson/LSU and Texas A&M), NC State (Grayson McCall/Coastal Carolina), Pittsburgh (Eli Holstein/Alabama), Syracuse (Kyle McCord/Ohio State), Virginia (Gavin Frakes/New Mexico State) and Wake Forest (Hank Bachmeier/Boise State and Louisiana Tech).

Uiagalelei played at Clemson for three seasons before transferring to Oregon State in 2023.

Another high-profile quarterback in the portal who was considering an ACC school in early January was Kansas State’s Will Howard (Miami), but he committed to Ohio State.

Reminder One: Current NCAA rules allow for two standard transfer windows in football: #1-a 30-day stretch that begins the day after the College Football Playoff teams are selected (meaning Dec. 4 through Jan. 2, 2024, this time), and #2-a 16-day period that arrives soon after schools’ spring practice schedules are completed (April 15-30, 2024).

Reminder Two: The players below are listed with their class/eligibility during the upcoming (2024) season. Under recently revised NCAA rules, virtually all major college transfers are immediately eligible at their new school.

2024 ACC Transfer Commitments/Signees

Boston College (9)

Texas Tech WR Jerand Bradley, r-Jr. (2-year starter; 6-5, 220 pounds; 1,274 career receiving yards, 19 starts)
Georgia State CB Bryquice Brown, Gr. (3-year starter; 2023 captain; brother of NBA player Bruce Brown)
Ohio State S Cameron Martinez, Gr. (3-year reserve; 40 career tackles, 3 starts)
Illinois DT Sed McConnell, r-Jr. (2-year reserve; 6-3, 285 pounds; 10 career tackles)
Central Florida RB Jordan McDonald, Jr. (2-year reserve; 6-1, 220 pounds)
Vanderbilt WR/KR Jayden McGowan, Jr. (2x 3rd-team All-SEC KR; 2-year starting WR/KR; 18 career starts)
North Carolina TE Kamari Morales, Gr. (2023 backup; 2022 starter; 761 career receiving yards, 15 starts)
Ohio State CB Ryan Turner, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt)
Kansas State RB Treshaun Ward, Gr. (2023 backup; 1,884 rushing yards; 6 career starts at Florida State/2022)

California (12)

Buffalo WR Cole Boscia, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt; prep star at Monte Vista HS in Bay Area)
New Mexico State WR/KR/PR Jonathan Brady, Jr. (2-year starter; 931 career receiving yards, 20 starts)
Cal-Davis LB Teddye Buchanan, Gr. (2023/2022 2nd/3rd-team All-Big Sky; 208 career tackles, 8 interceptions)
Old Dominion RB Kadarius Calloway, Sr. (2023 part-time starter; 623 rushing yards; also East Mississippi CC)
North Carolina PK Ryan Coe, Gr. (2023 UNC starter before injury; 2022 All-AAC at Cincinnati)
Idaho DB Marcus Harris, Gr. (FCS All-American; 2x All-Big Sky; 2-year starter; 24 career starts)
Notre Dame DT Aidan Keanaaina, Gr. (4-year reserve; 11 career tackles)
Utah WR/KR/PR Mikey Matthews, So. (part-time WR starter, full-time KR/PR starter as true freshman)
Notre Dame WR Tobias Merriweather, Jr. (2023 backup; 325 career receiving yards, 3 TD catches)
Montana State OG Rush Reimer, Gr. (2x FCS All-American; 2x All-Big Sky; 2-year starter; 28 career starts)
North Texas QB Chandler Rogers, Sr. (7,096 career passing yards, 53/15 TD/INT; 28 starts at ULM/UNT)
Temple OT Victor Stoffel, Gr. (2023 HM All-AAC; 2-year starter; 6-8, 300 pounds; 20 career starts)



Duke (9)

Lafayette OL Mike Barr, Gr. (2023 1st-team All-Patriot League; 2-year starter; 6-4, 306 pounds)
Liberty DT Kendy Charles, Gr. (2-year starter; 6-0, 280 pounds; 77 career tackles, 21 starts)
Old Dominion WR Javon Harvey, Gr. (3-year starter; 1,063 receiving yards, 23 starts)
Texas QB Maalik Murphy, r-So. (2023 backup; 2022 redshirt; 477 career passing yards, 2 starts)
Princeton LB Ozzie Nicholas, Gr. (2023 FCS All-American; 2x All-Ivy; 2-year starter; 20 career starts)
Pennsylvania OT Jack Purcell, Gr. (3-year starter; 28 career starts; 6-5, 305 pounds)
Cornell OT Micah Sahakian, Gr. (2023 2nd-team All-Ivy; 2-year starter; 6-6, 328 pounds)
Holy Cross OG Eric Schon, Gr. (2x All-Patriot League; 2-year starter; 6-3, 311 pounds)
Pennsylvania DT Will Seiler, Gr. (3-year reserve; 6-4, 290 pounds; 45 career tackles)

Florida State (15)

Alabama WR Malik Benson, Sr. (2023 backup; NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson CC)
Miami CB Davonte Brown, Gr. (2023 backup; 31 career starts at UCF)
LSU WR Jalen Brown, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; 4-star prospect from Miami Gulliver)
West Virginia DE Tomiwa Durojaiye, r-So. (2023 backup; 2022 redshirt at UK; 23 career tackles)
Alabama OC/OG Terrence Ferguson II, r-Jr. (2-year backup; 6-4, 322 pounds; 1 career start)
Georgia LB Marvin Jones Jr., Jr. (2-year backup; son of FSU legend Marvin Jones Sr.; 1 career start)
Colorado State DT Grady Kelly, r-Jr. (2-year starter; 79 career tackles, 22 starts)
Florida OG Richie Leonard IV, Gr. (2023 starter; 6-2, 310 pounds; 14 career starts)
Alabama DB Earl Little II, r-So. (2023 backup; 2022 redshirt; 4-star prospect from Fort Lauderdale)
Oregon State DE Sione Lolohea, Gr. (2023 2nd-team All-Pac-12; 88 career tackles, 21 starts)
Indiana RB/KR Jaylin Lucas, Jr. (starting RB; 2022 All-American KR; 875 career rushing/receiving yards)
Alabama LB Shawn Murphy, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt; 4-star prospect from Virginia)
Harvard OT Jacob Rizy, Gr. (2023 1st-team All-Ivy; 2022 2nd-team All-Ivy; 6-5, 305 pounds)
Oregon State QB DJ Uiagalelei, Gr. (3-year starter, including 2021, 2022 at Clemson; 40 career starts)
Alabama RB Roydell Williams, Gr. (4-year backup; 1,165 career rushing yards. 2 starts)

Georgia Tech (9)

Furman DE Jack Barton, Gr. (2nd-team All-SoCon; 2-year starter, 22 starts)
Tennessee CB Warren Burrell, Gr. (2023 reserve; injured 2022; 2021 full-time starter; 22 career starts)
Rhode Island DB Syeed Gibbs, r-So. (2023 FCS Freshman All-American; CAA DFOY)
Mississippi State TE Ryland Goede, Gr. (2023 part-time starter; 7 career starts at Georgia/MSU)
Louisville LB Jackson Hamilton, r-So. (2022/2023 reserve; 2021 redshirt)
Yale TE Jackson Hawes, Gr. (2x 2nd-team All-Ivy; 3-year starter; 6-5, 253 pounds)
Georgia LB EJ Lightsey, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt)
Middle Tennessee State OG Keylan Rutledge, Jr. (1st-team All-CUSA; 2-year starter)
Florida State DT Ayobami Tifase, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt)

Louisville (26)

Tennessee DE Tyler Baron, Gr. (2023 starter; 100 career tackles, 26 TFL, 12.5 sacks, 18 starts)
Toledo RB Peny Boone, r-Sr. (MAC Offensive POY; Maryland 2020-21; 2,101 career rushing yards, 10 starts)
Alabama WR/KR/PR Ja’Corey Brooks, Jr. (3-year backup; 896 career receiving yards, 10 TD catches)
Miami RB Don Chaney Jr., Gr. (2-year backup; medical 2021/2022; 852 career rushing yards, 6 TDs)
Kentucky TE Izayah Cummings, Gr. (4-year backup at WR/TE; 293 career receiving yards, 4 starts)
Ohio State OL Victor Cutler Jr., Gr. (2023 reserve; 2-year starter at Louisiana-Monroe; 21 career starts)
Texas A&M LB Jurriente Davis, Gr. (2023 redshirt; formerly Hutchinson CC, MTSU, Jackson State)
Harvard DT Thor Griffith, Gr. (2x FCS All-American; 2x 1st-team All-Ivy; 3-year starter; 6-2, 320 pounds)
Florida International DT Jordan Guerad, r-Jr. (1st-team All-CUSA; 2-year starter; 83 career tackles, 19 starts)
North Carolina CB Tayon Holloway, r-So. (2023 part-time starter; 6 career starts)
Florida CB Jalen Kimber, Gr. (2023 starter; also 2 years at Georgia; 11 career starts)
Ball State TE Tanner Koziol, Jr. (3rd-team All-MAC; 2-year starter; 668 career receiving yards; 16 career starts)
South Alabama WR/PR Caullin Lacy, Gr. (1st-team All-Sun Belt; 3-year starter; 2,521 receiving yards, 32 starts)
Oklahoma S Daeh McCullough, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; father = Notre Dame assistant; 4-star prospect from Indiana)
Tennessee S Tamarion McDonald, Gr. (2-year starter; 115 career tackles, 24 starts)
Yale OT Jonathan Mendoza, Gr. (2023/2022 1st/2nd-team All-Ivy; 2-year starter; 6-9, 308; 20 career starts)
Texas Tech OT Monroe Mills, Gr. (2023 HM All-Big 12; 2-year starter; 6-6, 315; 22 career starts at LT/RT)
Illinois CB Tahveon Nicholson, Gr. (2-year starter; 24 years old; 66 career tackles, 23 starts)
Northern Illinois OC Pete Nygra, r-Jr. (2-year starter; 6-4, 292 pounds; 23 career starts)
San Diego State TE Mark Redman, Gr. (2x 2nd-team All-MWC; 632 receiving yards; 25 starts at UW/SDSU)
Eastern Illinois S Blake Ruffin, r-Jr. (2023 FCS All-American; 1st-team All-Big South/OVC; 2022 medical redshirt)
Texas Tech QB Tyler Shough, Gr. (4,625 career passing yards, 36/17 TD/INT; 20 starts at Oregon/Texas Tech)
Miami TE Jaleel Skinner, r-So. (2023 redshirt; 2022 backup; 138 career receiving yards, 2 starts)
Central Florida CB Corey Thornton, Gr. (2023 HM All-Big 12; 2x PFF All-AAC; 4-year starter; 39 career starts)
Houston LT Reuben Unije, Gr. (2-year starter; 6-5, 310 pounds; 20 career starts)
Tennessee S Wesley Walker, Gr. (2-year starter; 25 career starts at UT/Georgia Tech)

Miami (9)

Indiana OC Zach Carpenter, Gr. (2-year starter; 27 career starts at Michigan/Indiana)
NC State NT/DE CJ Clark, Gr. (2-year starter; 72 career tackles, 23 starts)
Middle Tennessee State DT Marley Cook, Gr. (2022 All-CUSA; 2-year starter; 27 career starts)
Florida State RB/KR Rodney Hill, r-So. (2023 backup; 2022 redshirt; 334 career rushing yards)
Albany QB Reese Poffenbarger, r-Jr. (2x All-CAA; 5,969 career passing yards, 26 starts)
Washington CB Mishael Powell, Gr. (2-year starter; 92 career tackles, 25 starts)
Vanderbilt S Savion Riley, r-So. (2023 backup; 2022 redshirt; 48 career tackles, 2 starts)
Arizona S Isaiah Taylor, r-Jr. (2-year backup; son of NFL/UM legend Jason Taylor; 2 career starts)
Washington State QB Cam Ward, Gr. (2-year starter; 6,963 passing yards, 48/16 TD/INT, 25 starts with Cougars)

North Carolina (8)

Southern Cal RB Darwin Barlow, Gr. (4-year backup; 993 career rushing yards at TCU/USC)
Georgia OL Austin Blaske, Gr. (6-5, 310 pounds; 3-year backup at center, left tackle)
Muhlenberg OT Zach Greenberg, Gr. (D3 star; 6-4, 290 pounds; 2x 1st-team all-conference)
NC State S Jakeen Harris, Gr. (Injured 2023; 2-year starter; 80 career tackles, 21 starts)
Texas A&M TE Jake Johnson, Jr. (2-year backup; he and brother Max = sons of ex-NFL QB Brad Johnson)
Texas A&M QB Max Johnson, r-Jr. (5,853 career passing yards, 47/12 TD/INT; 22 starts at LSU/A&M)
Georgia Tech OT Jakiah Leftwich, r-Jr. (8 career starts; 6-6, 311 pounds)
North Texas OT Howard Sampson, r-So. (2023 backup; 2022 redshirt; 6-8, 325 pounds)

NC State (11)

Maryland CB Corey Coley Jr., Gr. (3-year backup; 6 career starts)
Maryland DB Tamarcus Cooley, r-Fr. (2023 backup/redshirt, 4 games; prep star from Rolesville HS)
Notre Dame OC Zeke Correll, Gr. (3-year starter; 6-3, 306 pounds; 31 career starts)
Missouri OT Valen Erickson, r-So. (6-5, 304 pounds; did not play in 2023; 2022 redshirt)
Wake Forest WR Wesley Grimes, Jr. (372 career receiving yards, 5 TD catches, 3 starts)
Connecticut TE Justin Joly, Jr. (578 receiving yards #6 among FBS TEs in 2023; 9 career starts)
Villanova CB Devon Marshall, Jr. (2023 starter; 60 career tackles, 13 starts)
Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall, Gr. (3x Sun Belt POY; 10,005 career passing yards, 88/14 TD/INT)
Ohio State WR Noah Rogers, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; 4-star prospect at Rolesville HS near Raleigh)
Oklahoma RB Daylan Smothers, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt/reserve; prep star at West Charlotte HS)
Duke RB Jordan Waters, Gr. (2023 3rd-team All-ACC; 1,624 career rushing yards)

Pittsburgh (12)

NC State OC Lyndon Cooper, r-Jr. (2023 part-time starter; 5 career starts)
Alabama QB Eli Holstein, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; elite 4-star HS prospect from Louisiana)
Indiana DT Nick James, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt; 4-star prospect from IMG Academy)
Western Carolina WR Censere Lee, Jr. (1,426 career receiving yards, 14 TD catches, 14 starts)
Nebraska CB Tamon Lynum, r-Jr. (2-year reserve; 14 career tackles)
Kansas State DE Nate Matlack, Gr. (2023 backup; part-time starter in 2021, 2022; 7 career starts)
Clemson DE David Ojiegbe, r-Fr. (2023 reserve/redshirt; 4-star prep prospect from D.C. area)
Oregon State TE Jake Overman, Gr. (2023 redshirt; 2022 starter; 9 career starts)
Western Carolina RB Desmond Reid, Jr. (2x All-SoCon; 1,723 career rushing yards, 18 touchdowns)
Ohio LB Keye Thompson, Gr. (2023 1st-team All-MAC; 252 career tackles, 32 starts)
Connecticut LS Nilay Upadhyayula, r-Jr. (2023 starter)
San Diego State WR Raphael Williams Jr., r-Jr. (2023 redshirt; 2021 1st-team All-SoCon at WCU)

Southern Methodist (12)

Ohio State DE Omari Abor, r-So. (2023 reserve; 4-star prospect from Duncanville HS in Dallas suburbs)
Oklahoma OG Nate Anderson, Gr. (4-year reserve; 4-star prospect from Reedy HS in Dallas suburbs)
Arkansas DT Tank Booker, Gr. (4-year reserve, including 2020-22 at Maryland; 2 career starts)
Oklahoma OG Savion Byrd, r-Jr. (2023 part-time starter; 5 career starts; from Duncanville HS)
Arkansas DT Taurean Carter, Gr. (2023 part-time starter; 6-3, 303; 5 career starts; from Dallas area)
Oregon WR Ashton Cozart, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; 4-star prospect from Marcus HS in Dallas suburbs)
Texas A&M CB Deuce Harmon, Sr. (3-year part-time starter; 46 career tackles, 11 starts)
Miami DE Jahfari Harvey, Gr. (3-year part-time starter; 10.5 career sacks, 18 starts)
Georgia DT Jonathan Jefferson, r-Jr. (2-year reserve; 6-3, 295 pounds; 6 career tackles)
West Virginia DT Mike Lockhart, Gr. (2023 starter; 6-3, 309 pounds; 19 career starts at Georgia Tech/WVU)
Utah LB Justin Medlock, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt; 3-star prospect from Houston suburbs)
Miami WR/KR Brashard Smith, Jr. (2023 2nd-team All-ACC specialist; 10 career WR starts)

Stanford (2)

Northern Iowa LB Jahsiah Galvan, r-So. (2023 FCS Freshman All-American; team-high 77 tackles)
Washington CB Jaivion Green, Jr. (2-year backup; 15 career tackles)

Syracuse (10)

LSU CB Duce Chestnut, r-Jr. (2023 redshirt; 2x All-ACC with Syracuse in 2021, 2022)
Texas A&M DE Fadil Diggs, Gr. (2-year starter; 75 career tackles, 18.5 TFLs, 20 starts)
Buffalo S Devin Grant, Jr. (2023 1st-team All-MAC; 88 career tackles, 5 INTs, 11 starts)
Alabama DT Isaiah Hastings, r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt; 4-star prospect from Canada)
Georgia WR Zeed Haynes, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt/4 games; highly rated 2023 prospect from Philadelphia)
West Virginia LB James Heard Jr., r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; prep star from Camden HS in New Jersey)
Ohio State QB Kyle McCord, Sr. (2023 starter; 3,776 career passing yards, 27/8 TD/INT, 13 starts)
Georgia WR Jackson Meeks, Sr. (3-year reserve; 132 career receiving yards)
Georgia OG Joshua Miller, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; 6-4, 300 pounds; 3-star prospect from Virginia)
New Mexico State DT Dion Wilson Jr., Gr. (2023 part-time starter; 6-5, 300 pounds; 4 career starts)Virginia (11)

Clemson TE Sage Ennis, Gr. (4-year reserve; 2 career starts)
New Mexico State QB Gavin Frakes, r-So. (2023 redshirt; 2022 part-time starter; 5 career starts)
North Carolina WR Andre Greene Jr., r-So. (2023 reserve; 2022 redshirt; 4-star prospect from Richmond)
Kent State WR Trell Harris, Jr. (2023 part-time starter; 536 career receiving yards, 8 starts)
Robert Morris CB Jermarian Jackson, r-So. (FCS All-American; league co-Defensive FOY)
Central Florida OC Drake Metcalf (6-2, 292 pounds; 4 career starts at Stanford/UCF)
Harvard TE Tyler Neville, Gr. (2x 1st-team All-Ivy; 698 career receiving yards, 8 TD catches)
Eastern Michigan CB Kempton Shine, Gr. (3-year starter; 175 career tackles, 40 starts)
Penn CB Kendren Smith, Gr. (2022/2023 1st/2nd-team All-Ivy; captain; 23 starts)
Akron LB/S Corey Thomas Jr., Gr. (100 career tackles, 22 starts)
Notre Dame WR/KR/PR Chris Tyree, Gr. (945 career receiving yards, 7 TD catches, 14 starts)

Virginia Tech (5)

Middle Tennessee State LB Sam Brumfield, Gr. (2023 2nd-team All-CUSA; 3-year starter at juco/MTSU)
Georgia State OL Montavious Cunningham, r-Jr. (6-3, 305 pounds; 16 career starts at right tackle)
Oklahoma DT Kelvin Gilliam Jr., r-Jr. (2-year backup; 2021 redshirt; 4-star prospect from Richmond area)
UMass LS Tate Kendall, r-Fr. (2023 redshirt; from Charlotte Providence HS)
Duke DT Aeneas Peebles, Gr. (2023 3rd-team All-ACC; 4-year backup; only 3 career starts)

Wake Forest (5)

Louisiana Tech QB Hank Bachmeier, Gr. (8,663 career passing yards, 51/24 TD/INT; 37 starts at Boise State/LT)
Kent State CB Capone Blue, Gr. (2023 starter; 14 career starts)
Southern Illinois LB Branson Combs, Gr. (2nd-team All-MVC; 25 career starts)
Georgetown DE Mateen Ibirogba, Jr. (1st-team All-Patriot League, 9.5 career sacks)
Indiana State OT Keagen Trost, Gr. (6-6, 300 pounds; 21 career starts at Morgan State/Indiana State)