College football's transfer portal window officially opens Dec. 4, but graduate players looking for new schools and players from teams whose coaches were fired are starting to stream into the database.
Quarterbacks have become the stars of the transfer portal since teams are always looking for instant-impact players at the position. The portal has become the quickest way to fix holes, and that will be the case heading into the 2024 season as well. Among the transfer quarterbacks who turned in outstanding performances this season? Bo Nix (Oregon), Michael Penix Jr. (Washington), Sam Hartman (Notre Dame), Caleb Williams (USC) and Jayden Daniels (LSU).
So far, double-digit quarterbacks with starting experience have entered the portal, and they could find their new schools soon. To make it easier to follow who's available, let's rank the top available signal-callers, starting at the top. We'll continue to adjust these rankings as new quarterbacks enter the portal.
Best available quarterbacks in the transfer portal
1. Dillon Gabriel, QB
Transferring from: Oklahoma
HT: 5-11 | WT: 204 | Class: Senior
Background: Gabriel transferred to Oklahoma in 2022, coming from UCF where he started 25 games, including 12 as a true freshman in 2019. He went 17-8 as a starter for the Knights, throwing for 8,037 yards with 70 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He suffered a season-ending injury in 2021 that limited him to three games, then transferred to Oklahoma for the 2022 season, where he reunited with his former offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby.
Gabriel led the Sooners to a 16-8 record in his starts over two seasons, throwing 55 touchdown passes with 12 picks. He ranked fourth in the FBS in Total QBR (87.3) this season and was sixth in passing yards (3,660). Lebby was recently announced as the new head coach at Mississippi State. Gabriel has one more season of eligibility.