Former Indiana center Zach Carpenter, North Carolina State defensive tackle C.J. Clark and Vanderbilt safety Savion Riley are the first three transfer additions to the Miami football program for the 2024 season. Clark and Riley fill position needs and will be expected to compete to be starters in 2024. All three had productive 2023 seasons.
Clark had 72 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks over 42 games in five seasons at North Carolina State. Playing all 12 games during the 2023 regular season, Clark had 22 tackles, four TFLs and one sack. Clark has been a productive player for North Carolina State in the last two seasons after missing most of 2021.
Riley should challenge to be one of the starting safeties in 2024 to replace Kamren Kinchens and James Williams. Safety is one of the thinnest positions on the 2024 Miami football roster. Riley had 48 tackles in eight games with two starts in 2023. Had he qualified, Riley would have finished 23rd nationally in tackles per game.
Miami received a commitment from Carpenter over Maryland and North Carolina, Per Gaby Urrutia of Inside the U "Carpenter played...804 snaps at center in 2023, allowing eight pressures and three sacks (per) Pro Football Focus. Carpenter earned a 71.8 pass blocking grade and a 61.0 run blocking grade as a fifth-year redshirt junior."
Middle Tennessee DT Marley Cook and Washington State quarterback Cam Ward are the transfers most frequently mentioned with Miami. Ward has already visited Coral Gables and the Miami staff had an in-home visit with Cook. Former Kansas State QB Will Howard who has since committed to USC is the only other QB to visit Miami.
The transfer portal is open through January 2. WIth the bowl season started, more players could enter the transfer portal over the next 15 days as teams complete playing in their bowl games. The Early National Signing Period from December 20 through 22 could also impact which direction teams go in the portal.
Most teams already know the majority of the players in their 2024 classes. Some surprises always pop up. Expect Miami to have a few twists and turns during the first day of the Early National Signing Period on Wednesday. Miami could potentially know the decision of Ward this week as well.
Cook became the fourth transfer commit for Miami during the first day of the Early National Signing Period. In 2023 Cook tied his career high with 22 tackles and added six tackles for loss, one sack, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Cook had 22 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one pass breakup in 2022.
The Miami football program added Albany QB Reese Poffenbarger on Monday and Arizona safety Isaiah Taylor and Marshall edge rusher Elijah Alston on Thursday. Taylor is the son of Miami DL coach Jason Taylor. All three add depth and could compete for playing time in 2024.
The six week saga of the Miami football program pursuing Washington State transfer QB Cameron Ward ended on Saturday night when he committed to the Hurricanes. Ward is a prolific passer who has thrown for 13,874 yards, 119 TDs and 30 interceptions during his collegiate career.
The Miami football team is getting needed depth and experience at safety with the addition of former Washington Husky Mishael Powell. Powell had 38 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and nine pass breakups this season for Washington. Powell played in 24 games with 22 starts in the last two seasons for Washington.
The Miami football team received a commitment from former Florida State running back Rodney Hill per multiple reports on Saturday afternoon. Hill had 334 rushing yards and two TDs, five receptions for 83 yards and two kickoff returns for 42 yards in two seasons with the Seminoles.
Football has a second transfer portal window from April 16 through April 30 after spring practice concludes. Miami has acquired several players in the spring transfer portal window. Expect at the very least for Miami to add a QB by the start of the spring semester in January. Miami will have a very different-looking roster in 2024.