The Miami Hurricanes have been one of the most active college football programs in the transfer portal over the past few seasons. Former Georgia cornerback Tyrique Stevenson is one of the most highly-rated players to transfer to Miami since the transfer portal began in October 2018.
Miami was active with transfers before the portal was instituted. Head coach Manny Diaz has had transfers play a key role with Miami since he was hired at Miami as the defensive coordinator for the 2016 season. Stevenson was named one of the most athletic players in the country by the Cover 3 podcast this week.
Stevenson is expected to start at one CB opposite returnees juniors D.J. Ivey or Al Blades Jr. Sophomore Te’Cory Couch is expected to be the slot CB. Stevenson most often was the slot CB at Georgia. Bud Elliott said he believes Stevenson will look forward to playing outside CB at Miami over the slot.
Stevenson had 47 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and 10 pass breakups in two seasons for Georgia. The decision by Stevenson to transfer to Miami is a big gain for the Hurricanes and a significant loss for Georgia. Miami needs better play from the secondary in 2021. Every DB returns for the Hurricanes in 2021.
"“Tyrique Stevenson, who was kind of a jack-of-all trades at Georgia — I think he’ll look forward to getting to play more just regular corner at Miami. One of the most athletic players in the country"
Georgia was graded as the most talented team in college football in 2020, Miami was 18th. Judging by the 2020 roster rankings Stevenson was the 18th highest rated player on the Bulldogs roster. Stevenson would have been the second-highest-rated player on the Miami roster in 2020, only behind defensive end Jaelan Phillips.
Stevenson received a transfer rating of 92. Miami needs Stevenson to assert himself and live up to the high four-star rating he had when he signed with Georgia in 2020. Miami finished 65th nationally in pass defense in 2020 allowing 233.9 yards per game. The Hurricanes’ pass defense has to improve in 2021.