Top 15 transfers who will dominate college football in 2015

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Nov 22, 2014; Birmingham, AL, USA; UAB Blazers running back Jordan Howard (7) runs the ball during the second half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Legion Field. Marshall defeated UAB 23-18. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

These college football players didn’t begin their careers here but after transferring to their new school will make a big impact on the sport in 2015.

A new wave of recruiting is beginning to creep into college football with more graduates looking to transfer out of their program to play their last year elsewhere.

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This form of free agency isn’t unprecedented with former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson the most common and most successful example of a grad transfer after he led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl in his one year with the Badgers.

Grad transfers don’t have to sit out a year like other transfers who leave a program before receiving their degree so they are popular for coaches looking for a plug-and-play starter to give underclassmen time to develop. Three quarterbacks fall into this grad transfer group who appear on this list of impact transfers, but they have three very different reasons for their transfer.

Joining them on this list of impact transfers are also players making the leap from the junior college ranks and are either getting their first taste of major college football or used a year in junior college to get a fresh start after being dismissed or leaving their original program they signed with out of high school.

So no matter the route they took to get to where they are today, here are the top 15 players in new places who will make a big impact for their teams and become household names in the college football universe this year.

In total, the SEC leads the way with six players and Auburn and Louisville are tied with the most players with three apiece.

After reading through the list, please offer up your pick for the transfer who will have the biggest impact this year and who you believe was the biggest snub.

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