Clint Brewster of 247 Sports included former top Miami football cornerback prospect Earl Little Jr. in his list of “Non-QBs who profile as transfer portal possibilities in 2022.” Little Jr. signed with Alabama in the Class of 2022. Little Jr. was the 106th-ranked player, 16th CB and 12th in Florida in the Class of 2022.
Little is a Miami legacy. Earl Little Sr. was a Miami defensive back from 1993 through 1996. Following his Miami football career, Little Sr. played eight seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Little Jr. chose Alabama over five other Power Five programs including Miami.
In his last three seasons of high school, Little Jr. had 106 tackles, two tackles for loss, six interceptions and a fumble recovery. Little Jr. was one of two CBs Alabama signed in the Class of 2022 plus the addition of LSU transfer Eli Ricks at the position. Former Miami commit Trequon Fegans was the other 2022 Alabama CB signee.
The article from Brewster is his own potential transfer portal possibilities and not from a report. Several players from South Florida have returned home and transferred to Miami in recent years. That includes CB Tyrique Stevenson who is in his second season with Miami. Brewster summarized a potential Little transfer.
"EARL LITTLE JR., DB, ALABAMA“Alabama freshman defensive back Earl Little Jr. has not played any snaps for Alabama this season. The Tide’s weakness have been at cornerback this year but Little Jr. still has yet to get any tick. There’s always a need for cornerbacks at the college level and he could surely step in and start at several programs across the country.Whether or not he wants to stick it out and wait his turn at Alabama or move on and play immediately is up to him. But there would certainly be a great market if Little Jr., decided to hit the transfer portal.”"
Little would be a huge addition for Miami in 2023 adding to five-star CB Cormani McClain who committed to the Hurricanes last week. Miami also has four-star CB Robert Stafford committed for 2023 and defensive back Antione Jackson who reclassified from 2024 to a deep and talented Hurricanes secondary class.
D.J. Ivey is the only Miami CB in his last year of eligibility. There have been some projections that Stevenson could leave for the NFL Draft and the potential of Miami losing a CB to the transfer portal. Expect CB to be a position Mario Cristobal and DBs coach Jahmile Addae to continue upgrading for 2023.