Top 15 impact transfers for 2013

Updated: July 18, 2013, 11:19 AM ET
By Travis Haney

Consider this the All-Aikman Team, named for the Oklahoma kid named Troy who left the Sooners after they returned to the wishbone offense and became an All-American at UCLA. Today, we look at immediate-impact transfers, FBS-to-FBS and juco-to-FBS. We'll have to wait and see if there's another No. 1 overall pick among them, but for now, here are the top 15 candidates to make an early impact.

1. Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

Previous stop: Houston

Those close to the UH program were a bit surprised, and even more disappointed, by Sims' decision to take advantage of the post-graduate transfer rule. But Sims had been through a coaching change and wanted to experience a higher level of football.

In transferring to West Virginia, he'll join an offense akin to Kevin Sumlin's and Kliff Kingsbury's that he played in as a freshman and sophomore. Sims, who has battled some injuries, has averaged 790 rushing yards a season in his first three years, but it's the 1,790 receiving yards that stand out. That sort of versatility should be a big asset in Dana Holgorsen's and Shannon Dawson's offense.

"They're not going to stop throwing," one Big 12 assistant told me, referring to the departures of Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

Sims' impact might be hitched to another transfer's lot. Clint Trickett hit the road from Tallahassee after it became clear that Jameis Winston was the guy for FSU, but that does not mean Trickett isn't capable. He filled in, ably at times, for EJ Manuel.

2. Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

Previous stop: Notre Dame