Miami football signing WR Colbie Young is rare junior college transfer

Sep 18, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The recent addition of wide receiver Colbie Young to the Miami football program from Lackawanna Community College in Pennsylvania is a rare junior college signee by the Hurricanes. Punter Louis Hedley from the City College of San Francisco in 2019 was the last junior college transfer signed by Miami.

Young had 24 receptions for 472 yards and nine touchdowns last season at Lackawanna. Following his one season at Lackawanna, Young will have three seasons of eligibility with Miami. Hedley has averaged 45.2 yards per punt and placed 54 punts inside the 20. That’s an average of 33.8 percent of Hedley’s punts inside the 20.

The NCAA’s creation of the transfer portal in October 2018 has minimized the number of junior college players Miami has added and likely is the same nationally. Hedley was the first junior college transfer signed by Miami since 2017. Miami signed two junior college transfers each in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

None of the six junior college transfers Miami signed in 2013 through 2015 made a major impact with Miami. Transfers from one FBS school to another and particularly within the Power Five conferences have had a great impact throughout college football. Two of the last three leading receivers for Miami were transfers.

Miami football Junior College transfers 2013 through 2015.

  • 2017 Jhavonte Dean CB Blinn College
  • 2015 Jerome Washington TE Mercer County C.C. (Princeton Junction, NJ), Jahair Jones OL ASA College (New York) (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 2014 Calvin Heurtelou DT Scottsdale C.C. (Scottsdale, AZ), Michael Wyche, East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park, CA) DT
  • 2013 Ufomba Kamalu, Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS), DT Devante Bond Sierra College (Rocklin, CA) OLB

K.J. Osborn led Miami with 50 receptions, 547 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions during the 2019 season. Charleston Rambo set Miami single-season records with 79 receptions and 1172 receiving yards in 2021 after transferring from Oklahoma. Miami has added 11 FBS transfers in 2022.

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Young adds depth to the Miami WR corps in 2022. Don’t expect Young to make an impact like Osborn or Rambo did. As many as four or five of the transfers Miami signed during the 2022 offseason could start on defense. Junior college transfers will find it more difficult in the future to earn Power Five scholarships.