Miami Football 2021 recruiting class one of seven Power 5 without QB

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The 2021 recruiting class for the Miami football program is one of only seven among Power Five programs without a quarterback commit.

The Miami football program has yet to secure a quarterback for the 2021 recruiting class. Miami is only one of seven Power Five conference programs without a QB committed for its freshman class next year. There has been a lot of speculation that USC commit Jake Garcia could eventually flip to the Hurricanes.

Miami currently has graduate transfer D’Eriq King, redshirt junior N’Kosi Perry, redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha and true freshman Tyler VanDyke on its roster at QB. With the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility to all of its fall athletes all of the Miami QBs are eligible to return in 2021.

King is a fifth-year senior after redshirting at Houston in 2020 before transferring to Miami. At 23 years old, he is likely to pursue an NFL career. Redshirt junior Tate Martell chose to opt-out for 2020 and has the option to return to the Hurricanes in 2021. The likelihood is that Martell will want to pursue playing time elsewhere.

With Perry, Matocha and VanDyke the likely QBs on the Miami roster in 2021, that would leave the Hurricanes short at QB if they suffer an injury. Miami could pursue at QB through the transfer portal again or let the fall sort itself out and try and flip another QB late. Garcia is without question their top priority.

"“There have been rumors for months that Garcia could flip to Miami, and now this offer to (four-star QB Jaxson) Dart has only increased the speculation. Dart admits that he is interested in what this means, especially now that Garcia is playing his senior season in Georgia…(Garcia) He is reportedly looking into transferring to Loganville (Ga.) Grayson after being ruled ineligible at Valdosta (Ga.) High — after leaving California due to the postponement of high school football in his home state.Miami: There have been steady rumors about the Hurricanes flipping Garcia, and that got more interesting this week when Dart earned a USC offer. Miami would love to land Garcia — he would be the program’s highest-rated QB signee since five-star Kyle Wright in 2003 — but the Hurricanes aren’t in desperate need of a QB.Yes, D’Eriq King (likely) will be gone after this season, but they have four QBs with remaining eligibility next year: N’Kosi Perry, Tyler Van Dyke, Peyton Matocha and, yes, Tate Martell — though he isn’t expected to return to the program after opting out in 2020.None of the quarterbacks on the roster were recruited by current offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.”"

Ari Wasserman of The Athletic speculated above about what Miami could do at QB in 2021. Most college football programs and especially Power Five have at least four QBs on their roster. Heading into 2021 with three would be risky for the Miami football program. It will be interesting to see how recruits proceed with Lashlee.

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Lashlee has had five games to show QB recruits how they might fit into the Miami offense. So far, the Hurricanes have had mixed results offensive. The Hurricanes were explosive in wins to begin the season over UAB, Louisville and Florida State. Stout defenses Clemson and Pittsburgh held Miami to varying degrees.