Miami has continued to add talent to the roster via the transfer portal. So far the Cane shave added seven players and are still looking to add a couple of more before spring camp begins. The Canes have been strategic with the portal using a strategy of relying on recruiting over loading their roster with portal players. With a culture change under way and players form previous regimes still leaving, Miami has tapped into the portal to fill and upgrade a those areas. These are the players Miami has added so far:
DT- CJ Clark
Clark stands at 6’3 305 lbs true nose tackle that can stop the run. Clark is larger than Branson Deen that produced 73 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks during his career with the Wolfpack. In his last two years at NC State, Clark produced 29 pressures for the Wolfpack.
DT- Marley Cook
Cook hails from Middle Tennessee and he chose Miami over Ohio State. Cook was graded as a top-5 pass rusher at his position during the 2022 season. He has produced 44 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks during his last two seasons with the Blue Raiders, in addition to 93 career pressures. Over two seasons, Cook produced strong PFF numbers:
-83.5 PFF Grade
-67 QB Pressures
-86.4 Pass Rush Grade
DE- Elijah Alston
One of the top grabs in the portal, Alston is a difference maker at the defensive end position. Alston had 45 total tackles, 6 sacks, 2 FFs, 1 INT, and a TD in 2023 The Marshall standout played under Coach Guidry in 2021 and 2022 and produced some of the best PFF numbers at his position this season:
-Defense Grade: 91.0
-Run Defense Grade: 69.2
-Pass Rush Grade: 90.5
QB- Cameron Ward
After an intense recruitment, the Canes secured their top overall target from the portal. Cameron Ward declared for the NFL draft but did not hire an agent, which allowed him until January 15th to finalize his decision to join the NFL. Mario Cristobal persisted in recruiting Ward, undeterred by his initial draft declaration. Ward’s collegiate statistics are outstanding:
- -13,874 career passing yards
- -135 total touchdowns
- -144.4 career passer rating
This acquisition significantly strengthens Miami’s quarterback position. By adding two quarterbacks, including Cam Ward, Miami has now firmly established its QB lineup. Ward’s commitment is a major boost for Miami, especially considering their efforts to recruit a wide receiver from the portal. Many were previously reluctant to join due to uncertainties at the quarterback position. However, with the quarterback role now robustly reinforced by Cam Ward, I anticipate Miami successfully recruiting a game-changing wide receiver, either in this portal window or the upcoming spring portal window.
QB- Reese Poffanbarger
Miami added added Reese Poffanbarger via the transfer portal. The Albany transfer posted impressive stats at the FCS level:
-3,608 Yards (Lead FCS)
-36 Passing TDs (Lead FCS)
-68.4% Adjusted Completion Percentage
Miami was blown away by his leadership qualities and work ethic, will provide solid competition and depth for Ward and Brown.
C- Zach Carpenter
Miami landed the top center in the portal to replace Matt lee who declared for the NFL draft. The 6’5 295-LB center played for Indiana and picked the Canes over North Carolina and Maryland.
S- Savion Riley
With the departure of Bam Kinchens and James Williams there is a huge need for safety help . The Canes secured the commitment of Vanderbilt’s Savion Riley who will have three years of eligibility remaining. Riley recorded 48 tackles for Vanderbilt this past season and will most likely walk in to a starting job at Miami.
S- Mishael Powell
The Canes landed a starting safety with championship experience in Washington’s Misahel Powell . Powell had 38 tackles and 3 INTs with 2.5 TFL while starting all 15 games for the Washington Huskies. Powell is a versatile DB who can play both slot CB and safety. The Canes beat out Florida for his services who had hired his former defensive backs coach Will Harris. This is another “Difference Maker” that the Canes have added in this portal cycle. Miami has their starting Safeties set for 2024 with Riley and Powell in the fold.
Powell is the 8th portal addition for the Canes . This is another “difference maker” type player a plug and play starter that has ALL-ACC potential and was a significant contributor on the runner up Huskies in the National title game. Miami’s safety room is now set as they have addressed one of the biggest needs on the team with a number one wide receiver being the last glaring hole that needs to be filled.
PWO Portal Players
Isaiah Taylor, the talented safety formerly with Arizona and son of Jason Taylor, has recently committed to the Miami Hurricanes. During his tenure at Arizona, he showcased his skills with an impressive 56 total tackles. In the 2022 season alone, he recorded 40 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 2 pass breakups. Standing at 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 200 pounds, Taylor brings both physical presence and experience to the Hurricanes, with two years of eligibility remaining to provide depth and competition to the Canes secondary. Miami was able to get him in as a preferred walk on.
Former FSU running back Rodney Hill, a redshirt sophomore running back, has transferred to join the Canes via the transfer portal. During his two-year tenure, Hill recorded 77 carries for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 5 receptions for 83 yards.
He retains three years of eligibility and is poised to add depth and versatility to Miami’s running back squad. Hill’s skills extend beyond the running back position; he is adept at kick returns and has experience as a wide receiver and defensive back from his high school days. Joining Miami as a preferred walk-on, Hill is the second player to join the team without utilizing a scholarship. His arrival signifies the Canes’ ongoing effort to bolster talent at all levels, from the starting lineup to the scouting team. Hill is expected to enhance the running back group and contribute in specific situations in the passing game.
With eleven current portal additions, it is important to note that six of Miami’s players that have been added have multiple years of eligibility left. The Canes coaching staff is being strategic and meticulous in how they handle the portal as they are not looking for one and done players that are not bought in to the team’s overall culture. We will keep updating this list as Miami continues to add talent to their team.
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