Miami football producing HoF WRs enticed Charleston Rambo

Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports /

Charleston Rambo chose to transfer to the Miami football program from Oklahoma was a combination of the history the Hurricanes have producing Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receivers and the schemes used by offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Rambo is expected to help Miami stretch opposing defenses.

Rambo is projected to start at WR with the top returning receiver for Miami, Mike Harley. Miami is hoping Rambo can produce the numbers he had for Oklahoma as a sophomore in 2019 with 43 receptions for 743 yards, 17.3 yards per reception and five touchdowns. Miami returns its entire receiving corps in 2021.

Rambo went on to mention Michael Irvin who played with the Miami football program about 15 years before Rambo was born. In more recent years Miami has not produced an elite receiver to the NFL. The hiring of WR coach Rob Likens in 2020 should help elevate the production and development of Hurricanes WRs.

Likens mentored first-round WRs during his final two seasons at Arizona State in 2018 and 2019. Harley had by far his best season in 2020 in Likens’ first season with Miami. Harley led the Hurricanes with 57 receptions for 799 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games. Harley and Rambo is a formidable tandem in 2021.

"“For me, it’s obviously getting out of my comfort zone. I’m in Miami, not back home…Seeing how things have gone in the past here, the receivers they’re going to put in the [Pro Football] Hall of Fame, the receivers that have gone to the League, I’m just trying to get there and get to that position, too.(Both Miami and Oklahoma) Are special. Both have players in the league, both visionary coaches. Older receivers like [Michael] Irvin did some things. I’m like, ‘OK yeah, I can fill shoes…I want to graduate and I’m in the process of doing that…I wanted to go to a school that was a contender.It was about going to a school where I felt like we could do it and I feel like Miami is there. When I talked to [coach] Lashlee, I liked what he was talking about. I liked having a good OC and good players coming back. I’ve watched games and [Miami] gives their guys the ball.Seeing what he does with guys, a lot of what he schemes to do, you can just get open. A lot of schools came at me; my options were pretty open. I saw that they [Miami] wanted me…“I was like, ‘OK, I can fit in here.’ Coach Likens, hearing him out and how he goes through things and built up his receivers over the years.Me and Coach Likens are on the same page. It felt right.”"

Rambo also mentioned during the course of his zoom meeting with reporters that the chance to play with quarterback D’Eriq King also played a role in his decision to transfer to Miami. King transformed the Hurricanes offense in 2020. The one thing missing was a deep threat at WR. That should improve with Rambo.

Miami was 37th nationally in 2020 averaging 8.0 yards per passing attempt. Departed tight end Brevin Jordan led Miami with a 15.2 yards per reception average for Hurricanes receivers with more than two receptions. Rambo’s numbers declined in 2020 to 25 receptions for 312 yards,12.5 YPC and five TDs.

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The Miami football team needs Rambo to revert to his 2019 form. Catching passes from Heisman Trophy runner-up Jalen Hurts, Rambo finished 49th nationally in yards per reception. If Rambo can approach his 2019 numbers, the Miami offense can reach another level during the 2021 season.