Washington wide receiver Puka Nacua in action against Oregon State during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) | AP
Most of the talk surrounding the NCAA transfer portal these days has to do with men’s basketball, but as spring football has wrapped up around the country, it stands to reason that there will be an influx of pigskin players in the portal over the next short while.
On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Max Olson and Bruce Feldman released a list of the top 50 impact transfers for the 2021 season — whether they’re committed to a new school already or undecided — and four players with Utah ties made the list.
Coming in at No. 5 is former East High standout Siaki “Apu” Ika, who transferred from LSU to Baylor. At No. 19 is new Utah quarterback Charlie Brewer, who transferred from Baylor. Coming in at No. 48 is new BYU receiver Puka Nacua, the former Orem High star who transferred from Washington. Rounding out the list at No. 50 is new Utah State linebacker Justin Rice, who followed new head coach Blake Anderson from Arkansas State.
Here’s what Olson and Feldman wrote about each of the four players:
Ika: “At LSU, ‘Apu’ Ika looked like he had an incredibly bright future as a true freshman rotation player on the defensive line of the 2019 national championship team. But the young nose tackle struggled with the Tigers’ switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 front last year and went in the portal during the season.
He reunited with his former LSU coaches at Baylor and looked downright unblockable at times this spring. One source called him an “absolute freak show” at 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds who’s made everybody on their line …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News