As the Miami Hurricanes rapidly approach their April 14 spring game, teams across the country are sorting out their depth charts, and the conclusion of spring football is sure to create a new batch of graduate transfers.
Players who wanted to use the spring to take one last chance to earn playing time at their current institution will realize that their best chance of playing will come elsewhere. Others needed to stick it out through the spring to graduate and be able to transfer without penalty.
Miami has the potential to benefit from a new crop of graduate transfers and it could particularly benefit from adding depth and experience to these three positions.
Why Miami can benefit from a graduate transfer at CB
The unfortunate end of Malek Young’s career due to an injury is sad on a number of levels and Miami will continue to support that young man in every way possible. However, at the same time, they don’t have the luxury of feeling sorry for themselves because they unexpectedly lost a starter.
Trajan Bandy is stepping up into a bigger role in Young’s absence and then Miami already has two cornerbacks on campus from the Class of 2018. They’ll welcome two more, including Top-100 prospect Al Blades Jr., in the summer, but experience would certainly be a welcomed addition.
As the graduate transfer market shakes out, if a cornerback with significant experience in a Power 5 conference shakes loose, it’d certainly behoove Miami to take a long, hard look.
Why Miami can benefit from a graduate transfer at DT
The Hurricanes lost both R.J. McIntosh and Kendrick Norton to the NFL draft in the offseason, opening up a lot of snaps for the younger interior linemen on their roster. Unfortunately for Mark Richt and the Hurricanes, they were only able to sign two defensive tackles in the Class of 2018 when they would have preferred to add as many as four or five.
That creates a depth issue and it’s one they’ve already expressed the desire to address via the graduate transfer market already. There appears to be some interest in former Clemson defensive tackle Sterling Johnson, who will graduate this spring and be eligible to play immediately.
However, that certainly won’t be the only defensive tackle they kick the tires on this spring. Expect movement on this front at some point and it could even come soon.
Why Miami can benefit from a graduate transfer at RB
Make no mistake, Miami feels very good about where they’re at with the running back position. Leading rusher Travis Homer returns and they’ve already added 5-star prospect Lorenzo Lingard in the Class of 2018.
Deejay Dallas will make an impact both as a runner and as a receiver in a hybrid running back/wide receiver role and then they’ve still got Robert Burns and will add 4-star Cam’Ron Davis in the summer. However, with Trayone Gray transitioning to become more of a fullback, there’s a potential use for some experience.
It isn’t the most pressing issue on their roster and they certainly won’t force the issue, but if they come across a graduate transfer who could provide some security against injury and some experience as the No. 3 option, it’d make sense to scoop them up.