Miami football transfer class trending positively

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program has the fifth-highest average nationally at 91.25 among the four transfers that have committed to the Hurricanes. Miami currently ranks 13th nationally overall in the team transfer portal rankings with their four transfers having a cumulative total of 39.30 per 247 Sports.

Miami has the highest team transfer ranking nationally with four or fewer transfers committed. Georgia and Purdue who each have two transfers have the highest average ranking among players committed through the portal at 93. Alabama and Illinois are the other programs with a higher average ranking than Miami.

Illinois has three transfers committed and Alabama with one each have an average ranking of 92. Per 247 Sports, Georgia has the 27th-ranked transfer class with both commits rated four stars by 247 Sports. Purdue has the 44th-ranked class with one four-star transfer, Illinois has the 45th-ranked class and Alabama is 45th.

Only one of the three Illinois commits is a four-star transfer. The sole Alabama commit is four-stars. Three of the Miami transfers committed to the Hurricanes for 2023 are four stars and one is three stars. The Miami football program has commits from transfers Damari Brown, Javion Cohen, Thomas Gore and Francisco Mauigoa.

Cohen is the highest-rated of the Miami transfers as the 10th-best prospect overall and top offensive lineman. The 247 Sports Composite rankings have Mauigoa as the 30th-best transfer overall and second-best linebacker. Brown is the 54th highest-rated transfer and seventh-best cornerback.

Gore is the 115th-best player and eighth-best defensive lineman. Gore could be the most underrated transfer. Pro Football Focus graded Gore as the best transfer interior defensive lineman. Mauigoa received the best grade for a transfer LB in 2022 from PFF. Miami is far from finished adding transfers.

During his Early National Signing Day press conference, Miami head coach Mario Cristobal stated adding more help on the interior of the defensive line and at outside wide receiver are the priorities for 2023. Cristobal reiterated that this week and that good news could be coming soon on the Joe Rose Show on WQAM.

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A transfer to watch is former Oregon wide receiver Dont’e Thornton who Cristobal signed when he was coaching the Ducks. On3 lists Auburn with a 52.7 percent chance for a commitment from Thornton and Miami at 46.1 percent. Cristobal has often pulled surprises in recruiting and through the transfer portal.