Transfer Tracker: Ex-USC TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe to Illinois
The Transfer Portal has changed the landscape of college football. So at Rivals we bring you the Transfer Tracker, where we analyze players entering the portal and rate them on what kind of impact they could make at their new home.
AS A RECRUIT
Imatorbhebhe had a pretty unique recruitment, first committing to Missouri, only to have a change of heart and later ended up committing and signing with Florida. He would never suit up for the Gators, though, electing to transfer to join his brother Josh, a member of the 2016 class, at USC.
Imatorbhebhe had a star-crossed career with the Trojans, breaking into the lineup in 2016 and catching 17 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns. Most expected Imatorbhebhe to be a star in 2017, but that's when injuries began to derail his career. He finished that season with eight catches for 144 yards. That would be the last time he would suit up for the Trojans as he missed all of 2018 and 2019 with injuries. After being granted a sixth year of eligibility, Imatorbhehe entered the transfer portal and quickly landed at Illinois. It will be the second transfer to reunite him with his brother Josh, who transferred from USC to Illinois last offseason and had a breakout year in 2019.
"His brother Josh transferred to Illinois and had a terrific season and impact last year but this is a different story. Illinois has some depth at tight end and Daniel hasn’t played for the last couple of years due to injury. He was a talented pass catcher out of high school and during his early time at USC but I expect his impact to be limited. Luke Ford should be the man and Daniel Barker is there as well.” -- National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell
Impact Rating: 3.8 out of 10
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and mange their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.