Graham Mertz officially announced that he is entering the transfer portal. After Luke Fickell was hired, there was some question about what Mertz would do. It seems that Mertz decided to get a fresh start somewhere else. Here are 3 potential landing spots for Graham Mertz in 2023.
New head coach Marcus Freeman has shown that he has good recruiting skills. He also finished the year well after a sluggish start. Notre Dame looks to be back in the national conversation but they need a quarterback. This could be a great potential landing spot for Graham Mertz. Going here would be an opportunity for Mertz to prove that he can lead a top program. The rest of the roster is full of talent which will put less pressure on Mertz to have to come in a save the program. Watch for Notre Dame in general in the transfer portal.
Kansas vaulted itself into the national conversation at the beginning of the season. The season ended in disappointment but the Jayhawks look to be building a real program that can compete in the Big 12. Originally from Mission, Kansas, this becomes a potential landing spot for Graham Mertz. Mertz would not need to be the savior of this program. It would be a great homecoming story for the state of Kansas and if Mertz could continue success, he would be a hometown hero.
I’m not sure if Graham Mertz is the vengeful type but if he was, Illinois is a great potential landing spot for him. Not only would this keep him in the same conference, but he would also be in the same division as Wisconsin. Illinois is an attractive destination as well. Offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. transformed the offense and while they stumbled down the stretch, they were a couple of plays away from being in the Big Ten Championship. If Mertz wanted to stay in the Big Ten, Illinois would be a great spot.
These are the most likely potential landing spots for Graham Mertz. There are lots of programs that are in need of a quarterback and could look to the transfer portal for the answer. Expect a lot of movement within the college football landscape at the quarterback position.