Washington transfer Mishael Powell and Savion Riley from Vanderbilt will help Miami fill the departures of Kinchens and Williams. Powell and Riley are the favorites entering the off-season to start for Miami at safety. Powell is the fifth-ranked 2024 transfer safety by On3.
Powell had 92 tackles, four TFLs, three interceptions, 12 PBUs and one forced fumble in three seasons playing for Washington. Powell redshirted as a freshman in 2019 and did not receive any playing time during the 2020 season. In the last three seasons, Powell played in 36 games with 25 starts.
Riley significantly outperformed his three-star status as a freshman at Vanderbilt in 2023. In eight games with two starts in 2023, Riley had 48 tackles in just 343 defensive snaps. At 6'2 and 202 pounds, Riley provides excellent size at safety. Per 247Sports, Georgia and LSU also contacted Riley as a transfer.
With three seasons of eligibility remaining, Riley should help Miami set a good foundation at safety with 2024 four-star signee Zaquan Patterson. Miami gains an experienced safety with the addition of Powell for the 2024 season. Miami also added former Arizona safety Isaiah Taylor to its 2024 roster.
Miami has upgraded its roster with the 10 transfers they added in the early portal window. Another key addition is center Zach Carpenter from Indiana. Miami still has needs at cornerback, offensive line depth and potentially an experienced linebacker. Expect Miami to be busy in the spring transfer portal window.