Mario Cristobal faces a pivotal offseason after the Miami football team finished 5-7 in his inaugural season. Andrea Adelson of ESPN stated the Hurricanes have the “biggest remaining question” of the ACC teams with transfer portal takeaways. Miami has lost 15 players to the 2023 transfer portal.
The Miami football program has 23 commits in their 2023 recruiting class. Miami currently has the seventh-ranked 2023 class after receiving a commitment from four-star Fort Lauderdale Dillard running back Chris Johnson on Sunday. Johnson joins Don Chaney Jr., Tre’Vonte Citizen and Henry Parrish at RB for Miami in 2023.
Expect RB to be a targeted position for Miami in the transfer portal. Parrish had a solid season in 2022 after transferring from Mississippi, but Miami needs far more from its running game in 2023. Miami has also been depleted in the secondary with eight defensive backs leaving Miami following the 2022 season.
Miami lost seven DBs to the transfer portal and Tyrique Stevenson who decided to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. Expect Miami to pursue two or three DBs with three already committed in the 2023 class. Adelson profiled what Miami has done and needs to do through the transfer portal.
"“Biggest remaining question: There is little doubt Miami wants to use the portal to not only turn over its roster, but answer significant questions at key positions (wide receiver, running back, offensive line, for starters). The Hurricanes were not as successful with the portal last year, as many of the key transfers they brought in had mixed results.But after a 5-7 record in Year 1 under Mario Cristobal, there is a bigger sense of urgency to make sure the Canes use the portal to their advantage to help supplement what is projected to be a top-10 recruiting class. There was already pressure on Cristobal to get the Hurricanes back to national relevance.After a disappointing 2022, that pressure will only grow. — Adelson”"
Miami has offered several transfers with a few visits in the last week including former Oregon RB and WR Seven McGee who Mario Cristobal signed with the Ducks. Miami primarily needs playmakers throughout the roster. With the expected addition of 10 to 15 transfers, Miami could have 40 new players on its 2023 roster.
Miami is projected to sign a top 10 recruiting class with the possibility of breaking into the top five. The Miami football program needs a top-10 transfer class to turn around a very disappointing 2022 season that was arguably worse than their 5-7 record. Miami needs to fill in multiple positions to become more competitive in 2023.