Few college quarterbacks have hit the NCAA transfer portal with the kind of juice that former Oregon State and Clemson gunslinger D.J. Uiagalelei has this week. The former five-star prospect is sure to have his share of suitors this offseason. Uiagalelei enters the 2024 college football season with more than 8,300 passing yards, 57 touchdowns through the air (to 24 interceptions), and has led the Beavers to an 8-4 season.
Now that Uiagalelei’s former coach in Corvallis (Jonathan Smith) is off to East Lansing and the Beavers are bound to wander the sport’s outskirts after the collapse of the Pac-12, there’s going to be a new quarterback at Oregon State next fall.
Although California sports betting is not yet legal, BetCalifornia.com broke down the odds on where Uiagalelei could wind up next season, with the top candidate potentially uniting the rising senior with his former coach in Corvallis.
D.J. Uiagalelei Transfer Portal Odds
If California betting apps were available, you might see odds like this. Here’s where we see Uiagalelei taking his talents once the CFB season kicks off from sea to shining sea in the fall of 2024:
Where Will Uiagalelei Play In 2024?
The top candidate to land Uiagalelei out of the portal is Michigan State, which would get the honor of reuniting him with his coach in 2023. A pair of LA schools have a chance to land him the second time around. That’s because we see UCLA and USC being in the passenger’s seat when it comes to Uiagalelei odds, with each sitting at +800 to land the former Beaver and Tiger. Three other teams with definite needs under center (Notre Dame, UVA and Auburn) round out the list at +1200 and +1500.
If Uiagalelei chooses to head to Charlottesville next, he’d be reunited with the offensive coordinator that originally recruited him to Clemson (Tony Elliott). The Fighting Irish and Tigers will need to replace outgoing starters at quarterback in 2024. Whichever school lands Uiagalelei will get their hands on major talent at the position, with the 22-year-old coming off three straight 2,000-yard passing seasons, along with more than 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground between 2020 and 2023.