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Shaking Up the ACC: Key Transfers Set to Make an Impact in the 2024 Season (Pt. 4)

May 1, 2024

The 2024 college football season will kick off in August, and the ACC will have a new look with three additional teams joining the conference. Across the conference and college football, the transfer portal has sparked a new wave of recruiting.

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some transfers heading to the ACC that we expect to make an immediate impact on the 2024 season. The portal opens again for the spring transfer period from April 15-30, so there could be more additions by the start of fall camp.


  • Shaking Up the ACC: Key Transfers Set to Make an Impact in the 2024 Season (Pt. 5)

California Golden Bears

Mikey Matthews, WR: Matthews finished second on the team in all-purpose yards during his true freshman season at Utah following his contributions as both a kick returner and punt returner. Following former high school teammate wide receiver Marvin Anderson, he joins an offense where he can provide an immediate impact. Matthews is currently rated a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Transfer Rankings and the No. 18 wide receiver in the cycle. 

Marcus Harris, CB: One day after the Golden Bear’s loss in the Independence Bowl, former Idaho cornerback. Harris is the second player from an FCS school that has committed to Cal for next season. Harris was fifth on the Idaho team in tackles, where he recorded 51, which included 5.5 tackles for loss. Harris also recorded 3 interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

Other top portal acquisitions for Cal:

  • Ryan Yaites, DB from LSU
  • Corey Dyches, TE from Maryland
  • Tobias Merriweather, WR from Notre Dame
  • T.J. Bollers, LB from Wisconsin


Syracuse Orange

Kyle McCord, QB: Former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord committed to Syracuse in January. McCord was one of the top quarterbacks available in the transfer portal after leaving Ohio State after going 11-1 as a starter in 2023. He finished this season with 24 touchdown passes and six interceptions while completing 65.8% of his passes. McCord will have one year of eligibility left.

Fadil Diggs, DL: Former Texas A&M defensive end Fadil Diggs committed to Syracuse in December. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman has one year of eligibility remaining. In 2023, Diggs recorded 36 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. He was highly recruited out of high school and considered a four-star recruit, ranked in the top 200 players overall and top 11 at his position. 

Other top portal acquisitions for Syracuse:

  • Zeed Haynes, WR from Georgia
  • James Heard Jr., LB from West Virginia
  • Isaiah Hastings, DL from Alabama
  • Joshua Miller, OL from Georgia
  • Clarence Lewis, DB from Notre Dame


Wake Forest Demon Deacons 

Hank Bachmeier, QB:  Louisiana Tech QB Hank Bachmeier committed to Wake Forest following the departure of two quarterbacks from the program. This will be Bachmeier’s sixth season of college football after spending four years at Boise State and a year in Louisiana. He’s thrown for 8,663 yards, 51 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions with a career completion percentage of 63%. 

Keagen Trost, OL: Former Indiana State offensive lineman Keagen Trost announced his commitment to Wake Forest in December. Trost spent one year at Morgan State and four seasons at Indiana State. He brings experience to the Deac’s offensive line and has one year of eligibility remaining.

Other top portal acquisitions for Wake Forest:

  • Branson Combs, LB from Southern Illinois
  • Capone Blue, DB from Kent State
  • Mateen Ibirogba, DL from Georgetown

Check back in later as we continue to unpack and highlight some more key transfer players that will make an impact across the ACC.

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