Breaking down Notre Dame’s transfer portal additions

SOUTH BEND — Thankfully, the champions of college football’s inaugural Winter Transfer Portal (WTPW) didn’t receive a crystal trophy.

Stop dancing, Brian Kelly.

LSU may have dominated the highly subjective “rankings” with 11 quick fixes in a frantic six-week stretch from Dec. 5 to Jan. 18, but Kelly’s Tigers have yet to have a victory parade.

The same caveat applies to other so-called top-five transfer talent programs, according to 247Sports Composite player ratings: Florida State (9 commitments), Auburn (13), Colorado (23) and USC (11) .

Of note is Arizona State, where newly hired coach Kenny Dillingham landed as many as 26 transfers, including former Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne. . Sun Devils ranked 12thday Regarding the failure of the recruitment website.

Notre Dame? Oddly enough, the Irishman didn’t even make the WTPW top 25.

Apparently, adding the ACC’s career leader in touchdown passes to your quarterback room isn’t going to change the ratings charts this time of year.

Dec 23, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman (10) beats Missouri in the 2022 Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium The Tigers celebrate afterwards.Mandatory Credit: Nathan Reesebeck - USA TODAY Sports

Despite Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman’s smiling, bearded presence on social media posts in Notre Dame’s locker room, the Irish needed to adjust late in the rankings, jumping from No. 56 all the way to No. 26. bit.

At least ESPN gave the Irishman an A- overall for his Portal work.

Which means… well, nothing, really.

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