Third-Year sophomore Isaiah Dunson became the sixth defensive back to enter the transfer portal from the Miami football team with his announcement via Twitter on Saturday. Dunson follows defensive backs Gilbert Frierson, Jalen Harrell, Keshawn Washington and Avantae Williams into the transfer portal.
The Miami football program also loses fifth-year senior cornerback D.J. Ivey. Dunson had 14 tackles and one pass breakup in 20 games over three seasons with Miami. During the 2022 season, Dunson played in nine games with six tackles and the one pass breakup. Dunson will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Dunson was a four-star signee with Miami in the class of 2020 as the 325th-ranked player, 22nd cornerback and 31st in Georgia. The previous Miami coaching staff moved Dunson to safety in 2021 due to injuries for the Hurricanes at the position. Dunson moved back to CB this season.
The only CBs listed on the official Miami football roster are Te’Cory Couch, Malik Curtis and Khamauri Rogers. Chris Graves, Jaden Harris and Darryl Porter Jr. are listed by Miami as DBs but CB is their more natural position. Miami also has commitments for 2023 from CBs Cormani McClain and Robert Stafford.
As a five-star prospect, McClain is expected to come in and compete for playing time as a true freshman. Miami also has a commitment from Antione Jackson who is listed as a cornerback or safety depending on the recruiting site. Expect Miami to be very active in the transfer portal recruiting DBs, particularly CB.
Tyrique Stevenson who primarily played the star position this season said earlier this week that he is about 50/50 in a decision to return to Miami or enter the NFL Draft. Stevenson just completed his fourth season of college football. Miami now has 10 players overall who have announced their intention to enter the transfer portal.
The Hurricanes have also lost running back Thad Franklin, wide receiver Key’Shawn Smith per reports and defensive linemen Allan Haye and Elijah Roberts to the transfer portal. Players can officially enter the transfer portal on Monday. Programs have to wait until players are officially in the portal before contacting transfers.