LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC are the only FBS programs that signed top 10 2023 recruiting and transfer classes. The Miami football program signed the eighth-rated 2023 recruiting class and seventh-best transfer class. Miami ranks third among the five aforementioned schools in recruiting and transfer classes.
Oklahoma signed the fourth-best 2023 recruiting class, LSU is sixth, USC is eighth and Oregon is ninth. LSU signed the second-best 2023 transfer class, USC is fourth, Oklahoma eighth and Oregon ninth. The recruiting and transfer classes are according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.
The 2023 Miami recruiting class is led by five-star offensive tackles Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola. Mauigoa is the 10th-ranked player, second-ranked OT and second prospect in Florida in the 2023 class. Okunlola is the 23rd prospect, fourth OT and top signee out of Massachusetts in the 2023 class.
Offensive linemen Javion Cohen and Matthew Lee are the top-rated transfers to Miami in 2023. The additions of Cohen, Lee, Mauigoa and Okunlola should make the Miami OL the most improved unit entering the 2023 season. Cohen, Lee and Mauigoa are projected starters. Expect Okunlola to be a part of the rotation.
Several other transfers are expected to start for the Miami football team in 2023. Francisco Mauigoa (Francis’ brother) is the projected starting middle linebacker. Cornerbacks Davonte Brown, Jaden Davis and Jaidus Richard are all expected to compete to be a part of the Miami rotation in 2023.
Other transfers to watch are defensive lineman Anthony Campbell and wide receiver Tyler Harrell. Campbell provides Miami with much-needed size on the interior of the DL at 6’7 and 265 pounds. Harrell brings speed to stretch the field. During his collegiate career, Harrell has 22 receptions for 577 yards and six touchdowns.
The freshmen and transfers will upgrade the depth and talent on the 2023 Miami football roster. Miami needs the new players to produce. Injuries and a lack of depth were a big reason that Miami finished 5-7 in 2022. With the improved depth, Miami should avoid another losing season in 2023.