Miami football thriving in portal with two of top 20 2021 transfers

The Miami football program has two of the top 20 transfers in the 2021 cycle according to 247 Sports. Cornerback Tyrique Stevenson is ranked as the eighth-best transfer in the 2021 cycle and wide receiver Charleston Rambo is ranked 19th. Defensive end DeAndre Johnson is the 11th best transfer at LB in 2021.

Johnson was an outside LB, edge rusher at Tennessee. The Miami Southridge alum is projected to start for the Hurricanes at defensive end in 2021. Stevenson was one of the most highly sought-after players in the transfer portal. Stevenson was the 37 ranked player nationally, the third-ranked CB and fourth-ranked in Florida in 2019.

Signing Stevenson was a huge coup for the Miami football program. Another Southridge alum, Stevenson is the highest-ranked transfer CB in 2021. Stevenson will almost certainly be a starter for Miami in 2021. The Hurricanes were thin at CB, but return everyone in the secondary for the 2021 season.

Stevenson adds more size to the Miami CBs. Stevenson is projected to be an outside CB with Al Blades according to 247. Te’Cory Couch will start in the slot and D.J. Ivey figures in the rotation with returnees Marcus Clarke and Isaiah Dunson challenging for snaps. Stevenson was profiled by 247 Sports as a top 10 transfer.

8. TYRIQUE STEVENSON, CB, MIAMI
Miami has been as aggressive in the transfer portal as anybody, and Stevenson is the latest example. A former five-star prospect who started at nickel last year for Georgia, Stevenson surprisingly opted to enter the portal and quickly found his way home to Miami.

Stevenson should slot as an outside corner for Miami, projecting to start alongside Al Blades. The 6-foot, 202-pound third-year cornerback is instantly one of the most talented players on the Hurricanes’ roster. Stevenson posted 34 tackles, five passes defended and one tackle for loss last season for the Bulldogs.

Rambo will provide Miami with an experienced WR with the ability to stretch the defense. Miami should have more consistent play from their WRs in 2021 with Mike Harley and Rambo likely to be the top two wideouts. Rambo averaged 17.3 yards per receptions as a sophomore at Oklahoma in 2019.

Behind Harley and Rambo are Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins who need to decrease the number of drops they had in 2020 or they will be challenged by the younger WRs on the roster. Pope and Wiggins were starters in 2020 who will compete to be the third WR in 2021. Miami needs better play from their WRs in 2021.