The offensive line for the Miami football team that was, by and large, a disaster in 2019 could be getting a boost from a familiar face entering the 2020 offseason. Various reports confirmed that redshirt freshman guard Cleveland Reed will be back with the Hurricanes.
Cleveland Reed was a four-star signee with the Miami football program in 2018 from Fort Meade, Florida. Reed is somewhere between 6’3 and between 313 and 327 pounds depending on the website. Reed’s return will help the competition on a Miami offensive line that has been subpar this season.
Reed is going to have to get in the weight room with David Feeley this offseason and slim down if he is going to be a serious challenger at guard. Miami could potentially lose junior Navaughn Donaldson to the NFL Draft, but he would be wise to return. Donaldson is the only lineman in the Miami rotation eligible to leave for the NFL Draft.
Reed initially entered his name into the transfer portal in September. At the time of his departure, he was the latest blow on the offensive that did not pan out for the Miami football program. The Hurricanes lost former LSU transfer George Brown earlier this summer. The Miami football team desperately needs offensive line depth.
The information regarding Reed’s return is still very new. There has been no indication if he will play in the to be announced bowl game. Donaldson and his backup, redshirt freshman John Campbell were knocked out of Saturday’s game against Duke because of injuries. There has been no indication of how severe the injuries are.
Reed would be a huge boost to the depth on the offensive line if he can return for the bowl game. Head coach Manny Diaz is likely to meet with reporters on Sunday when the Hurricanes bowl destination is revelated. An injury update and where Reed currently stands with the team will likely be discussed.
This is a critical offseason for the offensive linemen on the Miami football roster. The Hurricanes will bring back the majority of the big uglies. Miami currently has three linemen committed for 2020. The Hurricanes are eventually expected to part ways with three-star guard Antonio Smith. Canes Warning will update more info on Reed.