S Tysheem Johnson has quick Miami football decision to make

Oct 2, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

Mississippi safety Tysheem Johnson is visiting the Miami football program on Tuesday and has a quick decision to make to be eligible for spring football per Manny Navarro of The Athletic. Johnson would have to enroll on Wednesday to be eligible for Spring practice. Miami needs depth in the secondary.

The Hurricanes lost eight defensive backs from their 2022 roster. Returning starters Kamren Kinchens and James Williams project as the only scholarship safeties on the 2023 Miami football roster. Markeith Williams is listed by Miami as a defensive back but is the likely current backup for Kinchens and Williams.

Johnson who is entering his junior year started 19 games in the last two seasons at Mississippi. With the Rebels, Johnson recorded 125 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and four passes defended. Johnson would provide Miami an experienced and productive safety.

In order to get the best players on the field, Johnson could play the Miami hybrid defensive back/linebacker star position. At 5’10, 200 pounds, Johnson is a bit undersized for a safety. Kinchens is only slightly bigger at 5’11, 202. Williams is bigger than many LBs at 6’5, 224.

Depth in the secondary is critical for Miami at CB and safety. Former Iowa CB Terry Roberts who has been in Coral Gables since last week announced his transfer on Twitter on Monday. Roberts is the second CB to commit to Miami in the last month. Miami also added Central Florida transfer Davonte Brown in December.

Expect Mario Cristobal and the Miami staff to continue scouting players in the transfer portal through May. May 1-15 opens a second transfer portal since the end of the season. The May window provides players an opportunity to evaluate their standing in their programs following spring practice.

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Johnson was a 2021 four-star signee with Mississippi ranked as the 270th prospect, 17th safety and 11th player in Pennsylvania out of Philadelphia. Johnson was in the same class as Kinchens who was the 320th prospect and 21st safety and James Williams who was 15th overall and the top safety.