Miami Hurricanes News: transfer portal closes, Highsmith roster thoughts

Jul 28, 2016; Green Bay,WI, USA; Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/ via USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2016; Green Bay,WI, USA; Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/ via USA TODAY Sports /

A day after center Jakai Clark and quarterback Jake Garcia entered the transfer portal, no other Miami Hurricanes chose to do so at the midnight eastern time deadline. Miami lost 19 players to the transfer portal and added seven. Miami football general manager Alonzo Highsmith discussed the roster on the Behind the U podcast.

Center Matt Lee transferred from Central Florida to Miami earlier this month. Lee was rated as one of the highest-rated centers in the country by Pro Football Focus during the 2022 season. Clark could have stayed with the Miami Hurricanes football program and competed with Lee or potentially at guard in 2023.

Garcia would likely have entered spring practice as the third-team QB behind returning starter Tyler Van Dyke and rising sophomore Jacurri Brown in 2023. Without a clear path to playing time, ESPN reported that Garcia will look for an opportunity to compete for a starting job at his next school.

Christopher Stock of Inside the U transcribed the interview of Highsmith by Miami sideline reporter Josh Darrow on his official Hurricanes’ Behind the U podcast. Highsmith who worked in NFL front offices and as a professional scout said among other things that “it all boils down to the same exact thing, player acquisition… it’s all about talent…” and that Miami strives to reach the bar set by Georgia.

In addition to being a mentor to players, Highsmith discussed teaching the Miami staff “my goal is to help teach the younger people on our staff, the young personnel people, what it’s supposed to be like and identifying the traits and the physical side of football of what it’s going to take for us to get to the next level of football.”

The Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team plays at 20th-ranked North Carolina State seeking its six-straight win. Three of the five wins during the winning streak were at home and two were against ranked teams, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are 12-6, 5-2 in the ACC and tied for third.

dark. Next. Miami 7th in way too early ACC power rankings

The Miami number 16/17 men’s basketball team is off until Saturday when they play at unranked, yes unranked Duke. Miami is 15-3 overall and 6-2 in the ACC tied for second with Wake Forest. The Hurricanes have a great opportunity to improve to 6-2 versus Quad One opponents with a win at Duke on Saturday.