Miami football 2024 transfer CB outgoing versus incoming production

The Miami football team lost cornerbacks Davonte Brown and Demetrius Freeney to the transfer portal off their 2023 team an added Dyoni Hill at the position from Marshall to the 2024 roster.
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The Miami football program lost cornerback Davonte Brown to the transfer portal in January. Seldom used CB Demetrius Freeney chose to leave Miami during the spring transfer portal in April. Marshall transfer CB Dyoni Hill is projected to be third in the Miami rotation behind returning starters Damari Brown and Darryl Porter Jr.

Hill had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2023 with 55 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.0 interception, 10 pass breakups and a forced fumble. Marshall developed Hill beyond his recruiting ranking as the 1,606th signee, 142nd CB and 211th prospect in Florida in the 2022 class.

Brown was a high-profile transfer from Central Florida for Miami in 2023. In three seasons at Central Florida, Brown played in 36 games with 31 starts. Brown was the 94th-ranked transfer and 18th CB in the 2023 247Sports transfer portal rankings. In one season with Miami Brown played in 10 and arguably performed below expectations.

Freeney played in three games with Miami in 2023, primarily on special teams. Freeney was the 51st-ranked junior college transfer, 10th JUCO CB and 14 JC prospect in California in the 2023 class. The 247Sports database did not rank Freeney as a high school prospect in the 2022 class out of San Leandro, California.


Year with Miami


Davonte Brown


10 tackles, 1.0 pass breakup

Davonte Brown

UCF 2020-2023

Career 101 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, 1.0 FF, 22 PBUs, 3.0 IN

Demetrius Freeney


Played in three games with no stats

At 6'0 and 172 pounds Hill provides Miami with good length at CB. Hill will play his first game for Miami in his hometown of Gainesville versus Florida on August 31. Hill had one of his best games during the 2023 season at North Carolina State with eight tackles and one interception ina 48-41 Marshall loss.

Hill has to improve in pass coverage. Per Pro Football Focus via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald "Hill allowed a 93 passer rating in his coverage area last season – 32 completions in 57 attempts for 464 yards (14.5 average), three touchdowns and an interception."

Next. Miami adds CB depth with Marshall transfer Dyoni Hill. Miami adds CB depth with Marshall transfer Dyoni Hill. dark

Miami needs hill to become a key part of the CB rotation in 2024. There is not a lot of CB depth or experience for Miami entering the 2024 season. The addition of Hill was critical, but Miami could have used at least another CB. Hill should compensate for the loss of Davonte Brown.