We’ve yet to hit the fever pitch of the 2023-24 transfer portal cycle but the pool of athletes available received a huge boost in early October. Florida State Seminoles WR Winston Wright entered the transfer portal following a run in Tallahassee that never got to see him at full health.
Winston Wright Enters Transfer Portal
There isn’t much that Wright can’t do on the football field. When he’s on the gridiron, there are few as elusive as Wright, few as speedy, and certainly even fewer who can make an impact on the game the way Wright does.
The fact that he was one of the most coveted transfers back in 2021 coming out of West Virginia is proof of that just as much as his talent on the field when he’s been healthy enough to do so is.
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Wright, who joined FSU but rarely saw the field due to an offseason accident in 2022, saw the rise of fellow transfer Keon Coleman and some additions via the recruiting cycles in Tallahassee while rehabbing to get back to 100 percent. Make no mistake about it, Wright is a dynamic player and should make a valuable addition to his next program in 2024.
Winston Wright Landing Spots
Any number of teams across the country could utilize someone with Wright’s skill set next fall. Barring any unforeseen hiccup, Wright should be viewed as one of the top players in the portal and an immediate impact player.
Looking at the data at hand, there are a few teams that stand out as potential suitors for Wright’s services.
No strangers to bringing in talent at the wide receiver position, nor from the friendly confines of West Virginia, you better believe the Georgia Bulldogs are on the shortlist for Wright’s services. Currently, two of Georgia’s most targeted receivers, not named Brock Bowers, are transfers in Rara Thomas and Dominic Lovett.
They’re clearly in the market as most of their top-tier receivers are either NFL-bound or seniors and adding a body on the inside like Wright makes all too much sense. Given Tykee Smith’s resurgence (Smith and Wright were teammates at WVU), it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Smith helping recruit Wright.
Another potential SEC team in the market for a wide receiver, the Tennessee Volunteers, have also shown their preference for experienced receivers in the portal over the past few seasons. Dont’e Thornton Jr., Bru McCoy, and not to mention their quarterback situation that includes Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton from the portal, the Vols could absolutely be in the market for ane elusive threat like Wright.
Squirrel White, a sophomore, likely presents a depth concern, but they could use two slot receivers on either side of the field in their offensive scheme just the same.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Similar to the teams above, the North Carolina Tar Heels are no strangers to bringing in talent at the wide receiver position through the portal. With Tez Walker finally back on the field, he and Nate McCollum form their top duo, both of who have entered via the portal.
There will — in all likelihood — be a new quarterback and a couple of new receivers as the NFL Draft will hit UNC hard, so adding valuable experience like Wright would be coveted.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Not quite home for Wright, Atlanta is close enough to Savannah for Wright to feel like he’s back in friendly spaces. The Georgia Tech wide receiver corps, unlike others on this list, have been decimated by transfers over the past few years and you better believe they’re in need of some playmakers at the position.
With Haynes King surging this passing attack near the top of the conference in yards, the Yellow Jackets may be a sought-after destination for portal receivers after all.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
The lone Group of Five landing spot for Wright’s services, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers offense may pit to Wright’s strengths more so than any other offense in the surrounding area. Conway, South Carolina is even closer to home for Wright than Atlanta, and you’d have to think that’s a bonus at this point of his career.
Coastal has brought in Sam Pinckney (from Georgia State) as their No. 1 receiver the past two seasons and they’ve developed Jared Brown as a homegrown product nicely. Brown has shown that this offense pits to the strengths of its receivers, and Wright could be deployed in a very similar fashion.