The Miami football program continued boosting its depth at cornerback with the addition of Demetrius Freeney from the (Junior) College of San Mateo (California) on Thursday. Freeney is the fourth transfer CB for Miami on the 2023 roster. That is in addition to freshmen Damari Brown and Robert Stafford in the 2023 class.
Central Florida CB Davonte Brown, Jaden Davis from Oklahoma and Jadais Richard from Vanderbilt previously transferred to Miami for the 2023 season. Brown participated in spring practice. Davis and Richard announced their transfers after spring practice was completed. Brown, Davis and Richard should all compete to start.
Gaby Urrutia of Inside the U reported that Freeney chose Miami over Colorado. Houston, Indiana and Oklahoma following his visit to Coral Gables last weekend. Freeney also visited Indiana last weekend. The Miami football program continues to add length at CB with the 6’1 and 185-pound Freeney. Brown is 6’1 and Richard is 6’2.
Freeney had 10 tackles, two interceptions, one pick-six and one fumble recovery for San Mateo last season. Freeney joins Reedley (California) wide receiver Shemar Kirk as the second junior college transfer from the Golden State to Miami during the 2023 offseason. Kirk is already enrolled at Miami.
Freeney adds depth beyond the 2023 season with three years of eligibility remaining. Brian Smith of All Hurricanes evaluated Freeney as a versatile CB with the ability to play in the slot or outside and in man coverage or zone. Canes County quoted Freeney explaining that he was told by Miami coaches he had a chance for early playing time.
The potential to play immediately appeared to be a major reason Freeney chose Miami. Per Canes County Freeney has excellent speed with 10.9 100-meter and 21.9 200-meter times. Damari Brown, Freeney, Stafford and Richard provide Miami with excellent depth and talent and CB over the next few seasons.
Miami has commitments for 2024 from safeties Dylan Day and Isaiah Thomas but not from a CB yet. The additions of six CBs for 2023 has greatly improved the Miami secondary after losing eight defensive backs following the 2022 season. Secondary coach Jahmile Addae has had an exceptional 2023 off-season.