There’s a good chance there could be more quality transfers into the conference in the next few months, but here are the 12 best as of today.
Manny Bowen Sr. LB Utah (Penn State) - The Nittany Lions lost a lot of grad transfers and Bowen is one of the best of them. He’s 6’1 240 and has more than 130 career tackles. He could start right away at Utah.
Jacob Eason Jr. QB Washington (Georgia) - The Lake Stevens, Washington prospect was the nation’s top QB recruit in 2016 and headed all the way to Georgia where he started as a true freshman. He got injured in the opening game of 2017 and opened the door for Jake Fromm to take over and transfered back home. He has the best physical tools of any quarterback in the Pac-12 and could be a major upgrade over Jake Browning.
Nathan Eldridge Sr. C Oregon State (Arizona) - Eldridge was an All-Pac-12 player down at Arizona and could slide right back into being one as Oregon State’s starting center in 2019. He’s not far from the Pac-12’s best centers in Jake Hanson and Nick Harris if he picks things back up to 2017 form.
Tristan Gebbia Fr. QB Oregon State (Nebraska) - A four-star recruit out of Southern California Gebbia comes in after a year in Lincoln. He will at least challenge senior Jake Luton for the starting spot.
Gage Gubrud Sr. QB Washington State (Eastern Washington) - The favorite to take over for one-year sensation Gardner Minshew is another grad transfers, this one a record-breaker from a local FCS powerhouse. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has the same kind of seamless impact Minshew or previous Pac-12-EWU grad transfer Vernon Adams had.
Addison Gumbs So. DE Oregon State (Oklahoma) - Was a four-star prospect coming out of high school in the Bay Area and chose Oklahoma over a bunch of blue blood programs. He has the kind of pure talent you just don’t see that much on Oregon State’s roster and could easily become one of their best defensive players in 2019.
Arlington Hambright Sr. T Colorado (Oklahoma State) - He started for Oklahoma State last season before getting injured and has a great chance at starting from game one at Colorado in 2019. He could fit in nicely at right tackle across the line from sophomore stud Will Sherman.
D.J. Johnson So. DE Oregon (Miami) - Incoming freshman superstar Kayvon Thibodeaux will get all the preseason hype at defensive end for the Ducks but watch out for this Miami transfers. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in Sacramento and is a 6’5 240 terror off the edge who could start this year.
Jaunta’vius Johnson Sr. DT Colorado (Auburn) - The 6’2 320-pound defensive tackle could start alongside All-Pac-12 defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson. He didn’t prove a ton at Auburn, but has the potential to be a Pac-12 starter in his final season.
Juwan Johnson Sr. WR Oregon (Penn State) - The 6’4 225 playmaker is exactly the kind of instant-impact target Justin Herbert needed for his senior season. He had more than 1,000 yards receiving in the past two seasons at Penn State.
Tyjon Lindsey So. WR Oregon State (Nebraska) - He was a Top 100 recruit when he signed with Nebraska over Alabama and Ohio State, but failed to catch on in Lincoln. He’ll get a second chance in Corvallis where he’ll be one of the most-talented players on the roster.
Devon Modster Jr. QB Cal (UCLA) - Josh Rosen’s 2017 backup didn’t win the job at UCLA last year, but could take it from Chase Garbers at Cal in 2019. He’s a true dual threat with a good amount of Pac-12 experience already.