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The highest school soccer transfers to look at in 2022


Protecting observe of who performs for which school soccer group is changing into difficult. The switch motion throughout the recreation is likely to be uncontrolled, however that is the fact. A number of the greatest names in school soccer might be suiting up for brand new faculties in 2022. 

So, this is a take a look at 25 of the extra notable transfers for the upcoming season. Listed in alphabetical order.


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It may be argued that essentially the most vital transfer in school soccer from 2021 to ’22 was coach Lincoln Riley’s choice to depart Oklahoma for USC. Maybe the largest switch choice for 2022 is 2021 Biletnikoff Award  winner Addison’s selection to depart Pittsburgh for Riley’s Trojans. Addison ranked sixth within the nation with 100 catches final season, and totaled 1,593 yards whereas tying for the nationwide lead in touchdowns (17). Addison may also have a well-recognized face to Riley and himself throwing him the ball in Los Angeles (extra on that quickly).


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Jarrick Bernard-Converse, Cornerback LSU

Jarrick Bernard-Converse, Cornerback LSU

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Bernard-Converse began 47 consecutive video games over 4 seasons at Oklahoma State. Now, he’ll attempt to anchor the Tigers’ secondary beneath new coach Brian Kelly. He recorded 216 tackles, seven for loss with 5 sacks, making him one of many extra versatile and hard-hitting corners within the recreation. In protection, Bernard-Converse had two interceptions whereas defending 23 passes for the Cowboys. Bernard-Converse is one in all eight transfers becoming a member of the LSU program in 2022.


Jahleel Billingsley, Tight End, Texas

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We’ll discuss in regards to the quarterback and receiver Texas added, however maybe the largest get for the Longhorns via the 2022 switch portal is former Alabama tight finish Billingsley. He performed beneath Texas coach Steve Sarkisian at Alabama, the place he caught 37 passes for 559 yards with six touchdowns in three seasons. Nonetheless, his targets shrunk as he slipped additional down the depth chart. A catch-first tight finish, Billingsley now will get an opportunity to show his price at a spot he’ll doubtless be extra appreciated. 


Jermaine Burton, Wide Receiver, Alabama

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As we’ll see, the wealthy simply appear to get richer. After serving to Georgia beat Alabama for the nationwide title final season, Burton might be a part of the Crimson Tide program in 2022 . In 2021, Burton recorded 26 receptions whereas sitting second on the group with 497 yards and 5 touchdowns. Now, with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Younger throwing him the ball, Burton may very well be in for a profession marketing campaign as Alabama tries to regain its spot atop the school soccer world.


Jacob Cowing, Wide Receiver, Arizona

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One of many nice tales of the 2021 season was UTEP’s 7-6 marketing campaign after totaling 5 wins the earlier 4 years. Cowing was an enormous cause for the Miners’ turnaround, rating sixth nationally with 1,354 receiving yards on 69 catches — to go together with seven touchdowns. Nonetheless, Cowing has taken his act to Arizona, the place Washington State switch Jayden de Laura ought to be throwing him the soccer. The Wildcats are 1-16 over the past two seasons, however the addition of Cowing, and a brand new quarterback, provide some hope.


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JT Daniels, Quarterback, West Virginia

JT Daniels, Quarterback, West Virginia

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For these maintaining observe at house, that is Daniels third college in 5 seasons. He started his profession at USC, the place an ACL damage ended his 2019 sophomore season after one recreation. Then it was off to Georgia, the place Daniels could not win the beginning job outright and performed simply 9 video games in two years. All totaled, Daniels takes over the West Virginia quarterback place having thrown for 4,840 yards with 32 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 21 profession video games spanning 4 seasons. Taking part in beneath offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who additionally coached him at USC, makes this looks as if the suitable transfer.


Jaxson Dart, Quarterback, Mississippi

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Talking of former USC quarterbacks taking part in for a brand new college. Let’s flip our consideration to Dart, who is predicted to fill the void left by Ole Miss star Matt Corral. Dart performed six video games for the Trojans final season as a freshman, throwing for 1,353 yards, together with a USC debut-record 391 at Washington State on Sept. 18, 2021. There’s clearly loads of upside for Dart, and beneath Lane Kiffin, one would assume he has the flexibility to succeed proper out of the gate.


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Jay Ducker, Operating Again, Memphis

Jay Ducker, Running Back, Memphis

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We’re dropping beneath the radar right here. Ducker wasn’t anticipated to be an element in any respect as a freshman for Northern Illinois in 2021. Nonetheless, on account of accidents within the Huskies’ backfield, Ducker’s quantity was known as and he ran for 1,184 yards, averaging 5.4 per carry, to earn Mid-American Convention Freshman of the Yr. Seems, Ducker reportedly had points with among the NIU teaching employees, so he entered the portal and located a brand new house in Memphis. The Tigers have a crowded backfield with top-returning rushers Brandon Thomas and Rodrigues Clark in entrance of him, however control Ducker to get his shot.


Travis Dye, Running Back, USC

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After spending the final 4 seasons at Oregon, and dealing with USC twice throughout that span, Dye will go well with up for the Trojans in 2022. One of many extra versatile backs within the nation, Dye ranks fourth on Oregon’s all-time speeding record (3,111 yards), and in addition has 83 profession receptions for 869 yards in his profession. He’ll be simply one other gifted choice for Lincoln Riley’s USC group, which seems to be extra like a school all-time squad.


Quinn Ewers, Quarterback, Texas

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Steve Sarkisian’s first season at Texas was a serious disappointment. The Longhorns had been anticipated to problem for a Massive 12 title, as an alternative went 5-7 and did not make a bowl. With that transfer to the SEC down the street, the Longhorns have to get good quick beneath Sarkisian. Enter the 6-foot-3 Ewers, already an NIL star, who has taken simply two collegiate snaps. He enrolled early at Ohio State, however left for Texas, the place he may very well be the person this season. Nonetheless, Arch Manning is headed to Austin in 2023, so it stays to be seen if this can be a momentary cease for Ewers.


Dillon Gabriel, Quarterback, Oklahoma

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If final summer time we stated the 2022 beginning quarterback for Oklahoma can be former UCF star Dillon Gabriel, there can be laughs and snickers aplenty. The Sooners really misplaced two quarterbacks from final season (who we’ll discuss later), however Gabriel is a stable addition for Brent Venables’ first group in Norman. In 26 video games spanning two-and-half seasons for the Knights, Gabriel threw for 8,037 yards with 70 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He additionally ran for eight touchdowns. Nonetheless, it is likely to be Gabriel’s confidence as a frontrunner that’s most impactful for these Sooners.


Jahmyr Gibbs, Running Back, Alabama

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One other vital addition for the Crimson Tide. Gibbs totaled 1,206 speeding yards and averaged 5.2 per carry with eight touchdowns in 19 video games throughout his two seasons at Georgia Tech. At 5-foot-11, 200 kilos, Gibbs possesses a superb mixture of power and velocity. He may also catch the ball nicely out of the backfield, as his 60 receptions for 773 yards and 5 touchdowns have proven. Alabama followers ought to be excited to see what Gibbs can do on a much bigger stage.


Brandon Joseph, Safety, Notre Dame

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The Irish misplaced Kyle Hamilton to the NFL, however substitute him with one in Joseph. In 2020 and 2021, Joseph recorded 9 interceptions, with six coming in 9 video games for Northwestern throughout his first full season. Only a junior, Joseph is each sturdy in protection, and a stable sufficient tackler after ending third on the Wildcats’ roster with 80 mixed tackles throughout a dismal three-win ’21 marketing campaign. Joseph is undoubtedly All-American caliber, and the Irish get one other defensive playmaker to boast about for ’22.


Adrian Martinez, Quarterback, Kansas State

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If it looks as if Martinez has been taking part in school soccer for a decade, it solely appears that manner. Martinez performed 39 video games over 4 seasons at Nebraska, throwing for 8,491 yards and speeding 2,301, whereas recording a mixed 80 touchdowns. Nonetheless, he by no means performed on a profitable group with the Huskers, and believes that may change at Kansas State. Martinez was blamed — by followers or the media — for a number of of Nebraska’s shut losses over time, however his expertise ought to be invaluable to Chris Klieman’s Wildcats.


Ochaun Mathis, Defensive End, Nebraska

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From one participant leaving Nebraska, to a different able to go well with up for the Cornhuskers. Mathis was thought to be one of many high defensive gamers within the switch portal after he totaled 15 1/2 sacks in 38 video games over 4 seasons for TCU. He additionally had 30 1/2 tackles for loss throughout his run with the Horned Frogs. At 6-foot-5, 260 kilos appears poised to be a ache for opposing offensive linemen within the Massive Ten. And, actually addresses a necessity for Nebraska, which recorded simply 20 sacks in 2021.


Tanner McCalister, Defensive Back, Ohio State

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McCallister is reunited with new Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, who was an assistant through the Texas native’s 4 seasons at Oklahoma State. Throughout his time with the Cowboys, McCalister recorded 123 tackles, 4 1/2 for loss and broke up 12 passes over 41 video games. Bringing loads of expertise to Columbus, McCalister is a flexible defensive again, who appears slated to be plugged in at security for a Buckeyes secondary trying to refill the expertise pool.


Isaiah Neyor, Wide Receiver, Texas

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At 6-foot-3 and roughly 200 kilos, Neyor is a stable goal for the aforementioned Quinn Ewers — or anyone else throwing the ball for the Longhorns in 2022. A yr in the past, Neyor led Wyoming with 44 receptions, 878 yards and whose 12 touchdowns tied for eighth within the nation. Now, Neyor returns near his Arlington, Texas house , hoping he will be a part of the Longhorns’ potential turnaround season. Neyor ought to be a pleasant praise to Xavier Worthy, the Massive 12 Freshman of the Yr after catching 62 passes for 981 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2021.


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Bo Nix, Quarterback, Oregon

Bo Nix, Quarterback, Oregon

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It is becoming that touted prospect Bo Nix’s school profession started by throwing the profitable landing within the last seconds to beat Oregon in his Auburn debut on Aug. 31, 2019. Now, it seems Nix’s collegiate run will finish with the Geese. Nix endured an up-and-down three-year profession for the Tigers, throwing for 7,251 with 39 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The Tigers by no means reached the extent of success anticipated with him there. But when something, Nix doubtless brings stability beneath heart after some inconsistency on the place the previous two seasons.


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Olusegun Oluwatimi, Heart, Michigan

Olusegun Oluwatimi, Center, Michigan

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The Wolverines are getting a stud in Oluwatimi. Standing 6-foot-3, 310 kilos, Oluwatimi began 32 straight video games for Virginia from 2019-’21 — after he started his school profession at Air Drive. A Rimington Trophy finalist final season for the Cavaliers, Oluwatimi might very nicely be the Massive Ten’s greatest heart this season. Clever and powerful, Oluwatimi provides one other layer to an already menacing Michigan offense that appears for an additional huge season in 2022. 


Jaxon Player, Defensive Tackle, Baylor

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Participant won’t be an instantaneous starter amid a deep defensive linemen group for the Bears, however anticipate him to get his reps persistently in 2022. He performed 41 video games in 4 seasons at Tulsa, totaling 115 tackles, together with 31 for loss, to go together with seven sacks throughout his time as top-of-the-line defensive performances within the American Athletic Convention. Including Participant to the combo solely strengthens Baylor’s possibilities of repeating as Massive 12 champion. 


Spencer Rattler, Quarterback, South Carolina

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Rattler entered the 2021 season because the Heisman Trophy favourite. By the point the marketing campaign ended, Rattler misplaced his job as Oklahoma’s starter and primarily had one foot out the door. Then Lincoln Riley left for USC, however Rattler was prepared for a brand new surroundings. After throwing for 3,031 yards with 28 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 2020, Rattler was affected by inconsistency and an obvious insecurity whereas throwing for 1,483 with 11 touchdowns and 5 picks. Whereas it is unsure how a lot South Carolina will enhance with Rattler in tow, he is likely to be the one switch actually beneath the microscope in 2022. 


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Eli Ricks, Cornerback, Alabama

Eli Ricks, Cornerback, Alabama

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Granted, Ricks’ Alabama tenure bought off to a rocky begin together with his arrest for rushing and failure to show insurance coverage, whereas additionally possessing marijuana. The very fact stays that he is nonetheless thought-about one of many high defensive backs within the nation. Although a shoulder damage lower Ricks’ 2021 season at LSU brief, the potential for greatness remains to be there after he recorded 4 interceptions, 20 tackles and 5 cross breakups in 2020. Maybe a change of surroundings in a extra organized and structured program might be what Ricks must rebound.


Kedon Slovis, Quarterback, Pittsburgh

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Slovis appears greater than able to stepping in for Kenny Pickett at Pitt. Nonetheless, he’ll compete for the beginning job, however after three seasons at USC, Slovis has the expertise one would assume will help the Panthers of their protection of the ACC championship. He threw for 7,576 yards with 58 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 27 video games with the Trojans. Nonetheless, he accomplished simply 65 p.c of his passes and totaled 11 touchdowns to eight interceptions in 9 2021 video games. Then with Lincoln Riley coming to L.A., Slovis opted to play elsewhere, and nonetheless with the potential to shine.


Kingsley Suamataia, Tackle, BYU


To say the Cougars are enthusiastic about Suamataia becoming a member of this system can be a extreme understatement. A former five-star recruit from Utah’s Orem Excessive, the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Suamataia initially shunned BYU and left the state to play at Oregon. Nonetheless, he performed only one recreation as a freshman throughout his 2021 freshman season for the Geese. Then with Mario Cristobal bolting to Miami, Suamataia determined to depart and land the place Cougars followers hoped he initially would. 


Caleb Williams, Quarterback, USC

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After a stellar freshman season at Oklahoma in 2021, the place he took the beginning job from Spencer Rattler and threw for 21 touchdowns and ran for an additional six, Williams adopted Lincoln Riley to USC . No matter the place Williams performed this season, he doubtless can be within the Heisman Trophy dialog. And, his possibilities for rivalry seem stronger with the Trojans. With whom he’ll have the aforementioned Jordan Addison and Travis Dye, and former Sooners teammate in receiver Mario Williams, to work alongside.

Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports activities and leisure on-line and for print for greater than 25 years. He grew up within the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Corridor of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s additionally the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine Faculty in Chicago. You possibly can observe Jeff at @jeffm401.

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