Miami football finally adds transfer WR with Tyler Harrell commitment

Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team finally added their long-sought-after wide receiver during the 2022-23 transfer portal cycle with a commitment from former Alabama and Louisville wideout Tyler Harrell. Harrell is an alum of Miami Columbus which is the same program that produced Miami head coach Mario Cristobal.

Harrell tweeted “BACK TO THE CRIB  💯” with a picture of himself in a number one Miami football uniform. As a high school prospect, Harrell was the 162nd-ranked WR and 172nd recruit in Florida in the Class of 2018. Harrell is a critical addition to the Miami football program. Cristobal stated WR was a priority in the transfer portal.

Specifically, Cristobal stated Miami needed to add an outside receiver during his press conference after Early National Signing Day in December.  Harrell adds exceptional and needed speed to the 2023 Miami football roster. Harrell has 22 receptions for 577 yards and an eye-opening 26.2 yards per reception in four collegiate seasons.

During his first two seasons at Louisville Harrell appeared in only four games. Harrell redshirted as a true freshman in 2018 after playing in two games. Harrell had a breakout season in 2021 with 18 receptions for 523 yards for a gaudy 29.1 yards per reception and all six of his career TDs.

Harrell had a three-game stretch versus Florida State, Wake Forest and Virginia where he recorded five receptions for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Harrell struggled to dent the rotation at Alabama and dealt with a foot injury in his one season in Tuscaloosa. Harrell projects to compete to be starting WR for Miami.

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Xavier Restrepo is the projected starter in the slot. Jacolby George and Colbie Young will compete with Harrell to start at outside WR in 2023. All three provide different skill sets. Young provides Miami with exceptional length at 6’5. The Draft Network praises Harrell for his speed but stated he needs to develop his route tree.