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3 Potential Landing Spots Emerge For Clemson Transfer D.J. Uiagalelei

DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson Tigers Football

It's transfer portal season in college football, and some big names are already on the move.

The first NCAA transfer window opened Monday, allowing players to enter their names into the transfer portal. As of this writing, more than 300 players have already done so.

One of the biggest names in the sport is not yet among them. But a report from Chris Hummer of 247Sports on Sunday indicated that Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is expected to hit the portal soon and seek out a new team during the offseason.

The news doesn't come as a shock, as Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said following his team's ACC championship game victory on Saturday night that five-star freshman Cade Klubnik would take over as the Tigers' starter behind center.

While Uiagalelei, himself a former five-star prospect in the Class of 2020, never quite lived up to the hype at Clemson, he should still be a hot commodity for quarterback-needy teams across the country. 

Justin Melo of the Draft Network identified three potential landing spots for Uiagalelei: UCLA, Notre Dame and Oregon.

UCLA has been widely rumored as a potential destination for Uiagalelei for a while now. Uiagalelei played his high school football at St. John Bosco in the Los Angeles area, and after the departure of five-year starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the Bruins are likely to be active in the quarterback transfer market.

Notre Dame could be in need of a new quarterback, as well, as Drew Pyne announced his intention to transfer last week. Pyne started 10 games for the Fighting Irish this year after Tyler Buchner suffered a season-ending injury. It's not a sure thing that Notre Dame brings in a quarterback from the portal, as Buchner and freshman Steve Angeli remain on the roster, but a signal-caller with Uiagalelei's experience and pedigree might be difficult for Marcus Freeman to pass up.

Oregon's interest would depend on what starting quarterback Bo Nix decides to do. Nix, who put together an incredible season in his first year after transferring from Auburn, has one year of eligibility remaining. But after he scored 42 total touchdowns, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him declare for the NFL Draft — especially since offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham has already left to become the head coach at Arizona State. If Nix does indeed go pro, look for Oregon to mine the portal for his replacement.

One potential X-factor, as pointed out by Melo, is that Uiagalelei's younger brother, five-star defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei. It's possible that Matayo's decision could influence that of his older brother. Oregon is thought to be one of the leaders to land the younger Uiagalelei, as he took a visit to Eugene in June.

Assuming he does indeed enter the transfer portal, all eyes will be on where D.J. Uiagalelei goes to continue his college career.