Six players Miami football should target in transfer portal

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /
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Miami football transfer targets in top 10

Star cornerback Tyrique Stevenson posted on his CaneSport blog earlier this week that he has not made a decision if he will return for the 2022 season or enter the NFL Draft. Stevenson was a transfer from Georgia last season. If Stevenson decides to enter the NFL Draft, former Alabama CB Marcus Banks should be a transfer target.

"NO. 2 MARCUS BANKS, CB, FROM ALABAMA (90) Banks was a fan favorite in Tuscaloosa who started one game in 2021, picking off a pass vs. FCS Mercer. However, he had started to fall behind the depth chart in one of college football’s most talented secondaries. Schools will value that Banks has been coached up by Nick Saban and has good height, length, size and ball skills, though he’s still very light (180 pounds)."

The above summary came from the 247 Sports Top 25 list. Banks was the 127th ranked player and 13th ranked CB in the Class of 2019 when he signed with Alabama. Playing primarily on special teams, Banks has eight tackles and one interception in one career start with Alabama. Banks would be a huge addition for Miami.

The Miami offensive line has performed average at best over the last few seasons. This year, Miami has performed well in pass blocking but has been subpar for the run. Former Clemson offensive lineman Paul Tchio was the 103rd ranked player, third-ranked guard and 16th in Georgia in the Class of 2020.

"NO. 5 PAUL TCHIO, OG, FROM CLEMSON (88) An offensive guard, Paul Tchio’s PFF grade wasn’t impressive, but the lack of opportunity was clear, too. (2021: 55.2 on 97 snaps; 2020: 63.0 on 89 snaps). Tchio was a highly-rated recruit in 2020 and the ceiling probably isn’t as high as it once was. It says something that he couldn’t break into an offensive line that’s been bad the last two years, but Clemson’s OL evaluation and management has definitely left us wanting."

Miami loses defensive ends DeAndre Johnson and Zach McCloud, defensive tackle Jon Ford and likely DT Nesta Silvera to the NFL after the 2021 season. Miami is going to need to add depth on the DL for the 2022 season. Former Vanderbilt DL Marcus Bradley is highly regarded but had off field issues with the Commodores.

"NO. 7 MARCUS BRADLEY, DL, FROM VANDERBILT (88) Bradley, a former four-star out of Maryland, played in two games for Vanderbilt as a true freshman before entering the portal. Bradley has an elite defensive tackle frame with athleticism, but had some off the field issues according to Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea. Bradley had a respectable PFF grade of 61.3 in the two games he played in for Vandy. Bradley could be a coveted portal prospect with all things considered."