Miami football projected having top 10 impactful transfer class

Aug 28, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program signed 11 transfers in 2022 that ranked collectively as the 12th best class by 247 Sports. Mike Huguenin of 247 Sports ranked the Miami football program eighth among the “Transfer portal breakdown: Projecting the 10 most impactful transfer classes” for the 2022 college football season.

Miami could start as many as five transfers on defense in 2022. Mario Cristobal has used the transfer portal significantly to upgrade the Miami defensive and offensive lines ahead of the 2022 season. The Hurricanes added five transfer defensive linemen during the offseason. At least two DL project to start for Miami in 2022.

Miami is the only ACC program in the top 10 ranked by Huguenin. Despite the Miami football program signing two players from UCLA, the Bruins rank fourth on the list with the best transfer classes. Mississippi is the only other program that Miami added a transfer from that is ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Also included among the 11 transfers are offensive linemen Jonathan Denis and Logan Sagopolu who previously played for Cristobal and Miami OL coach Alex Mirabal at Oregon. Denis and Sagopolu add depth to the Miami OL. Denis could challenge to be a starter at guard in 2022.

"8. MiamiNumber of transfers: 11.5 most impactful transfers: DE Mitchell Agude (from UCLA), LB Caleb Johnson (from UCLA), DL Akheem Mesidor (from West Virginia), RB Henry Parrish (from Ole Miss), CB Daryl Porter (from West Virginia)The skinny: “New coach Mario Cristobal signed seven defensive players out of the transfer portal, and all seven figure to see appreciable time. UM needed help – and a lot of it – in the front seven, and that’s where Agude, Johnson and Mesidor come in. Agude can provide a consistent pass-rush threat.Johnson should be a steadying influence at linebacker. Mesidor can play tackle or end, and has the potential to be mighty disruptive, too. Porter looks to be a good fit in the secondary, which was inconsistent last season. Parrish is a Miami native who is part of a deep running back group.He was productive as part of a share-the-wealth group at Ole Miss and should be the same for the Hurricanes."

Agude and Mesidor provide needed experience that helps improve the depth Miami has on the DL. Expect Agude and Mesidor to be the starting edge rushers when Miami opens the season against Bethune-Cookman. Johnson and Porter also project as starters for Miami this season. Parrish was the best RB Miami had this spring.

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The return of Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton after missing spring practice with injuries will make RB the most competitive position in August training camp. Expect a similar share the wealth rotation at RB to what Mississippi utilized before Parrish transferred to Miami. Knighton led Miami in rushing in 2021.