Transfer Portal Rankings: Top 10 Cornerbacks Include Jalen Huskey, Nyland Green, and Tahveon Nicholson

    The top-10 CBs in the transfer portal rankings are a mix of impressive talents from big and small schools alike. A strong preseason draft prospect shows up.

    The transfer portal is a jumbled mess of young football talent looking for a new home. With over 1,500 players throwing their hats into the ring, CFN created our transfer portal rankings.

    The players on this list are the ones who entered their names into the portal and have not already chosen their next destination. When they do, we will provide a note that the player has chosen his next destination.

    Hence, you won’t see Toriano Pride on the list, because he’s already chosen Missouri.

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    Top Cornerbacks in the Transfer Portal

    10) Tyreek Chappell, Texas A&M

    After three seasons and a lot of snaps at Texas A&M, Tyreek Chappell will don a new uniform after the team moved on from Jimbo Fisher. Chappell was a four-star recruit hailing from Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    In three seasons with the Aggies, Chappell played in 33 games, amassing 104 tackles, two INTs, and 24 passes defended. The Texas A&M roster listed him as 5’11” and 185 pounds.

    9) Mumu Bin-Wahad, UConn

    The UConn cornerback is a talented player, but he’ll be attending his third school in as many seasons. As an underclassman, that means Bin-Wahad will likely have to sit out a season before playing.

    Originally a three-star recruit from Loganville, GA, the West Virginia-to-Connecticut product has proven a talented player at the collegiate level.

    8) Will Lee III, Kansas State

    Next School: Texas A&M Aggies

    Will Lee had no recruiting buzz out of high school, but the 6’2″, 185-pound cornerback was lauded out of JUCO, eventually arriving at Kansas State as a redshirt sophomore. He ended the season with two interceptions and six pass defenses.

    Lee has mentioned Texas A&M, Louisville, and Washington as schools he’ll focus on in the portal. Like most Division I athletes, he likely has NFL dreams. The Huskies are a fantastic spot for anyone with those aspirations, given their track record of producing NFL-ready defensive backs.

    7) Dezjhon Malone, San Diego State

    “Dez” Malone was a CFN Preseason First-Team All-Mountain West Team member at cornerback. Malone produced three INTs in 2022 and one in 2023. Although he didn’t produce outrageous ball production in 2023, he proved to be an outstanding cover corner on the outside.

    The redshirt junior allowed fewer than half his targets to find their destination. At 6’2″ and 200 pounds, the CB appears to be looking at Michigan State and West Virginia.

    6) Upton Stout, Western Kentucky

    Upton Stout already has his fair share of offers, and he recently visited USC. He’s also received offers from the likes of Michigan, as well as many other Power Five schools.

    Stout immediately shined at Western Kentucky after transferring from North Texas, where he spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Despite his small frame, Stout has thrived on the outside for the Hilltoppers. However, at 5’9″, it will be interesting to see where he plays on the field at a big school.

    5) Kenan Johnson, Georgia Tech

    Kenan Johnson had a fantastic season as a redshirt junior for Georgia Tech, and it’s led to interest from schools on the East Coast like Virginia, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. But he also recently added a photo of Deion Sanders on X (formerly Twitter), annotating that Colorado also had interest. 

    4) Jermod McCoy, Oregon State

    Jaden Robinson and Joe Swen were the only CBs on the Oregon State roster to play more snaps in 2023. The 6’0″, 170-pound true freshman still has to undergo some growth in his game, but what he showed as a young player has given him options, and it appears he may be headed back to Texas.

    The Whitehouse, TX native posted that 17 schools have offered him after entering the portal, a few of which are Blue Bloods. However, Houston, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech are all on that list.

    3) Nyland Green, Georgia

    A recruiting profile matters. Nyland Green has played fewer than 150 defensive snaps during his three-year stint at Georgia. However, he was a five-star recruit, according to 247Sports and On3, while managing four stars at Rivals and ESPN. His lowest national ranking was 125th.

    At a listed 6’1″ and 185 pounds, the cornerback from Covington, GA is as close to the modern prototype as they come. Green will be heavily courted by schools looking to add potent potential from the portal.

    2) Jalen Huskey, Bowling Green

    Next School: Maryland

    Jalen Huskey was great for Bowling Green, and the young cornerback from Gaithersburg, Maryland, fits the modern mold of an outside cover corner with his 6’1″ frame. He intercepted four passes and broke up six passes.

    With two years of eligibility remaining, the cornerback should have plenty of options in the portal.

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    1) Tahveon Nicholson, Illinois

    Next School: Ole Miss

    Tahveon Nicholson began the season as a potential NFL Draft prospect and ended it by looking for a new home. Nicholson had a somewhat tumultuous season, but the insanely quick CB has all the talent in the world to ascend at a big-name school as a lockdown CB ready for the NFL Draft after a strong redshirt senior season.

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