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Transfer Tracker: MTSU transfer Zack Dobson lands at West Virginia

The Transfer Portal has changed the landscape of college football. So at Rivals we bring you the Transfer Tracker, where we analyze players entering the portal and rate them on what kind of impact they could make at their new home.

Next up in the tracker: Middle Tennessee transfer Zack Dobson, who is headed to West Virginia.


CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State


TRANSFER RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Tight End | Wide Receiver


An electric athlete from Knxoville, Dobson never really received the type of offers he warranted for his talents. For a stretch during his recruitment it looked like he might have been headed to an FCS school. But an offer from MTSU helped the Blue Raiders land his commitment in the summer prior to his senior year.


After redshirting his first year on campus, Dobson turned into a jack-of-all-trades for the Blue Raiders while playing both wide receiver and running back. Over 2018 and 2019, Dobson combined for 31 receptions, 413 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver and 327 yards and a touchdown as a running back. Dobson did all of that while playing just 284 total snaps. He surprised many when he entered the portal earlier this year and landed at West Virginia just in time for the 2020 season.


"“Dobson can play many roles for West Virginia on offense and is a solid addition as a kid who will add depth. We had him as an athlete out of high school because he could have played multiple positions on offense or defense and that will help.” -- National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell

Impact Rating: 4.7 out of 10


The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and mange their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.

1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.

4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.

6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.

9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.

10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.