Devin Leary Transfer Portal Odds: Notre Dame, Illinois In Contention
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There’s no mistaking what former North Carolina State quarterback Devin Leary is looking for in the transfer portal. There’s also no confusion regarding what type of arrangement potential suitors are planning.
Leary is among the top quarterbacks available this offseason after four standout years with the Wolfpack, and he only has one year of eligibility left. This is a plug-and-play situation for 2023, one that will be extremely tempting for several top programs looking to fill a one-year need next season. This should be a win-win for both parties. Ideally, Leary goes somewhere that’s built to win and takes them to the next level while also improving his individual stock ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.
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That’s the idea, at least, the type of offseason move that can shape conference races just like former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson did in leading Wisconsin to a 2011 Big Ten title in his only season with the Badgers.
Leary’s situation is very similar, and he’ll have no shortage of options as one of the most accomplished players in the entire portal, regardless of position. We've put together our college football futures odds for his potential destinations.
Devin Leary Transfer Portal Odds
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Leary’s list of potential interested programs is strong for a reason. The Sicklerville, New Jersey, native posted 6,807 passing yards and 62 touchdowns in four seasons with the Wolfpack, and there’s no telling where he might have led them this year if not for a shoulder injury that forced him out of action in early October after a 5-1 start.
Illini Favored For Leary
He’ll begin a new path in 2023, one that might include a family reunion with a rising Midwest program. We’ve pegged Illinois as the favorite in our college football betting market to land Leary under coach Bret Bielema, who pulled Wilson from the Wolfpack while he was at Wisconsin more than a decade ago.
The Illini were strong on defense and in the trenches all season, but the lack of a consistent passing attack prevented a serious championship run. Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito was mostly solid if not spectacular last season, and Leary could look to beat him in an open competition should DeVito choose to stay for one more year.
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Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Devin’s brother Donovan Leary signed with the Illini and will be a true freshman in Champaign next fall. The chance to compete in a weak Big Ten West while also mentoring his younger brother could be too much to pass up. But there could be some far bigger names in the mix.
Big Programs Sniffing Around
Leary showed interest in Notre Dame out of high school and the Irish could absolutely be a perfect fit – a true CFP contender with an upgrade like Leary at quarterback. First-year coach Marcus Freeman got things turned around from a rough start after backup quarterback Drew Pyne filled in for injured starter Tyler Buchner. Pyne has since announced his intent to transfer, and Buchner is just a sophomore who didn’t look ready-for-primetime in limited action.
There’s also an opening at Alabama with Bryce Young off to the NFL Draft, and the Tide are tempting for any player in the portal. Joe Burrow was just another guy until he transferred to LSU for his final season and led the Tigers to an SEC title and National Championship, and Leary could take a similar leap with a loaded roster in a place like Tuscaloosa.
Alabama has top-ranked high school prospects waiting for their shot, but who knows if Nick Saban wants to let 2023 ride on an unproven quarterback after missing out on the conference championship game this season. If he decides a one-year placeholder is the way to go, Leary would likely be one of his top targets.
Leary Has Other SEC Options
Elsewhere in the SEC, Missouri and Georgia could be interesting fits. Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz recruited Leary when he was the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State and could try to run it back as the head man for the Tigers. There’s a need there, but if Alabama or Georgia comes calling – the Bulldogs are in a similar spot as the Tide with Stetson Bennett leaving after this season – it would be a game-changer.
Same goes for Florida – the Gators will absolutely be in the market for a quarterback with Anthony Richardson gone and Leary could be the guy to stabilize things in Gainesville.
With a handful of monster programs in play and Leary poised to put it all together as a senior, the former Wolfpack quarterback is in a great spot with plenty of options. And his decision could potentially shape the entire College Football Playoff race in 2023.