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Transfer Tracker: Michigan QB Joe Milton enters portal

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Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.

The Transfer Portal never stops with the latest big name being former four-star QB Joe Milton, who has decided to enter the portal and leave Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.


CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

CLASS OF 2022 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

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Recruiting: Milton trimmed his list of top schools to Michigan, Florida and Georgia. He took visits to each of the three, and committed to the Wolverines during the spring after his junior season.

As a Wolverine: After spot duty in 2018 and 2019, Milton won the starting job in 2020 during preseason camp. He eventually split time with Cade McNamara, and totaled 1,077 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions during the season.

Potential landing spots: Early chatter includes Miami, Florida, UCF but he could go the Group of Five route.

Farrell’s Take: Milton always had a huge arm but his accuracy was an issue out of high school and led to a few rankings drops. He’s tempting for a Power Five program as a pocket passer who can sling it but his inconsistency from high school to now is maddening. I think he’ll need to find a Group of Five program if he wants to start.

Impact rating: 4.7 out of 10


The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and mange their rosters so we here at 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.