Miami football sets visits with high profile transfer defensive linemen

Sep 10, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program has set visits with transfer defensive lineman Tunmise Adeleye of Texas A&M and Kyon Barrs of Arizona. Adeyeye tweeted on Monday that Miami is locked in (and visiting) from December 13 through 15. Michigan State had Adeleye for an official visit this past weekend.

Adeleye was a second-year freshman in 2022 who suffered a season-ending injury after two games. Adeleye could petition for a medical redshirt from the 2022 season that would allow him to maintain freshman eligibility entering the 2023 season. In the class of 2021, Adeleye was the 39th player, ninth DL and eighth in Texas.

Adeleye finished with six tackles in 2022. The On3 transfer portal rankings have Adelye 51st overall and the fourth-best edge rusher. Miami needs to add depth after losing three defensive linemen with eligibility remaining to the transfer portal and two seniors upfront. The Hurricanes have three DL commits for 2023.

Adeleye is listed as 6’4, 290 on the Texas A&M website. Coming out of high school, Adeleye was a consensus four-star prospect with a second to third-round projection in the NFL Draft with college development. Adeleye did not play as a senior in high school in 2020 due to covid. The lack of play in the last three years could be a concern.

In four years with Arizona Barrs had 102 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. With the extra year granted due to covid Barrs has one season of eligibility remaining. Barrs told Greg Biggins of 247 Sports he will visit the Miami football program from Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18.

Barrs is visiting USC Monday through Wednesday and LSU Wednesday through Friday prior to his visit with the Miami football program. Miami still resonates with college football players. Barrs spoke to Biggins about what attracts him to LSU, Miami and USC. Barris has relatives on his father’s side throughout Florida.

"“It’s a great opportunity to make an immediate impact at a program that has a historic NFL pipeline. My dad’s entire family lives throughout the entire state as well…For me I need to make the best decision that puts me in the most favorable situation for the ’24 (NFL) Draft.Location definitely matters and that’s why I’ve narrowed things down to these three great institutions.”"

Barrs started all 12 games for Arizona in 2022 after earning second-team All-Pac 12 in 2021. In 2021 Barrs had 33 tackles, eight TFLs and five sacks. Barrs is the seventh-ranked transfer defensive tackle according to the On3 rankings. Six other Power Five programs have contacted Barrs per Biggins.

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Expect Miami to be as busy in the transfer portal adding defensive linemen to their 2023 roster as they were in 2022. Miami returns Jacob Lichtenstein and Akheem Mesidor in 2023 from the 2022 transfer DL. Expect Miami to host more transfer DL over the next few weeks and months. A second transfer window is May 1-3.