The transfer market is always fascinating, but the Big 12’s odd recent SEC transfer pipeline will come into play in 2017. Nearly every possible new impact transfer in the league this season will be from the SEC, but how will they fit? What impact will transfers make on 2017 Big 12 football?
So glad you asked.
West Virginia QB Will Grier (from Florida): Since his highly-publicized exit from Florida following a suspension for using a banned supplement, Grier mostly has stayed out of the limelight. He explained his side of the story, but by the time he’ll take the field, it will have been almost two years since he played. Grier isn’t officially reinstated to play yet, but he’s the most likely successor to Skyler Howard and is already the most talented passer Dana Holgorsen ever has recruited to Morgantown. The NCAA’s official ruling on his reinstatement is expected this summer, likely July 1. In his lone season at Florida, he was on his way to having one of the greatest seasons from a freshman quarterback in Gators history. He was completing 65 percent of his passes and had 10 scores to just three picks, and helped UF rally to beat Tennessee. He also threw four touchdowns in a 38-10 rout of a top 10 Ole Miss team.
Kansas OL Charles Baldwin (from Alabama): Baldwin was the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, so predictably, he ended up at Alabama. Nick Saban dismissed him from the program in May and three months later, he landed at Kansas. The Jayhawks need talent where they can get it, and a skilled, 6-feet-5, 305-pound body on the offensive line is a great place to start. He boasts a 4.8-second 40-yard-dash time and can reportedly bench 495 pounds. The Connecticut native could be a great building block for the program. He still has two seasons of eligibility left.
Kansas WR Daylon Charlot (from Alabama): If you’re going to build a transfer pipeline, the runoff from Alabama’s talent factory is an ideal spot to do it. The 6-foot, 195-pounder caught two passes for nine yards as a freshman in 2015. He has a ton of speed and after announcing plans to leave, Saban told reporters he wished Charlot would have stuck it out longer in Tuscaloosa. David Beaty and the Jayhawks could be glad he didn’t. I’m sure there’s a culture shock in going from the best Power Five program in college football to the worst, but Charlot sounds ready to help build. He said he felt like he could make a “big impact” and already said his goal is to win the Biletnikoff Award. “The Big 12 throws the ball. That’s what receivers want. Receivers want the ball in their hands,” he told the Lawrence Journal-World last month. “Playmakers wanna make plays.”
Kansas State WR Carlos Strickland (from Cal): Offenses don’t get much different than what you’ll find in the Bear Raid at Cal and the run-heavy scheme Strickland will play in at K-State. He’ll be a needed addition to a thin group in Manhattan behind Byron Pringle and slot man Dominique Heath. Strickland was a one-time four-star recruit who’ll have as much raw talent as anyone on K-State’s roster. He didn’t play in his one season at Cal, but comes from a power program in Skyline, near downtown Dallas. He was the No. 132 recruit in the 2015 class and in line to play before moving closer to home last August, right before the 2016 season. At 6-feet-4 and 200 pounds, he should be a welcome target for Jesse Ertz, especially in the red zone opposite Pringle.
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