4. Ole Miss
Lane Kiffin became known as the “portal king” for some of the moves Ole Miss made in the 2022 offseason and in 2023, the Rebels were active once again.
Ole Miss is one of those teams that will never be able to recruit the same way as Alabama or Georgia, or maybe even Tennessee. It’s just not in the cards. The Rebels can certainly sign some really good classes and have but they need to augment things with the portal.
And Ole Miss did a really good job of that. For one, they added Spencer Sanders, who can create some competition at quarterback with Jaxson Dart.
The Rebels signed 15 recruits and ranked 28th in the 247 sports team rankings. Yet, they are sixth in the transfer portal rankings and have landed seven four-star prospects including a trio of four-star wideouts in Chris Marshall (Texas A&M), Tre Harris (Louisiana Tech), and John Saunders (Maryland).
Beyond that, Ole Miss landed former top-100 quarterback Walker Howard, who transferred after one season at LSU, plus a pair of four-star cornerbacks in Zamari Walton (Georgia Tech) and Monty Montgomery (Louisville). Ole Miss lost some key transfers too, but all in all, the Rebels are one of my big winners.