Breaking down Notre Dame’s transfer portal additions

SOUTH BEND – Thankfully, no crystal trophy was awarded to the college football champion in the inaugural Winter Transfer Portal (WTPW).

Stop that dance, Brian Kelly.

LSU may have dominated the highly subjective “rankings” as it grabbed 11 rushing touchdowns during the six-week frenzy that ran from Dec. 5 to Jan. 18, but there still won’t be a victory parade for Kelly’s Tigers.

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

Honorable mention goes to Arizona State, where newly hired coach Kenny Dillingham has grabbed a whopping 26 transfers, including former Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne. The Sun Devils took 12th placeth about reviewing employment sites.

Notre Dame? The Irish, surprisingly, didn’t even make the WTPW Top 25.

Apparently, adding the ACC’s career leader in touchdown passes to your running back room isn’t going to move the grade meter this time of year.

December 23, 2022;  Tampa, Florida, USA;  Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman (10) celebrates after defeating the Missouri Tigers in the 2022 Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Even with the smiling, bearded face of Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman appearing on social media posts from the Notre Dame locker room, the Irish needed a late ranking adjustment to jump from 56th all the way to 26th.

At least ESPN gave the Irish an overall grade of A-minus for their work on the portal.

Which means… well, nothing, really.

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