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Hurricanes Continue Rolling in the Transfer Portal: Indiana Transfer Offensive Lineman Zach Carpenter Commits to Miami



The Miami Hurricanes football program secured a significant commitment tonight as Indiana transfer offensive lineman Zach Carpenter chose the sunny shores of Miami over his other two finalists, the North Carolina Tar Heels, and Maryland Terrapins. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman is expected to fill a crucial role as Miami’s next center on the offensive line for the 2024 season, following the early departure of offensive center Matt Lee to the NFL Draft.

Carpenter is Miami’s third addition via the transfer portal, following North Carolina State defensive tackle C.J. Clark’s commitment on Friday evening and Vanderbilt safety Savion Riley’s commitment on Saturday night.

Carpenter, a seasoned sixth-year redshirt senior, brings a wealth of experience to the Hurricanes’ front line on offense, having played in 37 games and making 25 starts throughout his collegiate career. His decision to transfer to Miami not only bolsters the team’s offensive line at a position of need but also adds a seasoned and mature player to the roster.

Originally signing with the Michigan Wolverines in the class of 2019, Carpenter has since proven his mettle, gaining recognition as Indiana’s best offensive lineman during the 2023 regular season, according to head coach Tom Allen. His stellar performance and versatility on the field, where he is able to swing positions between offensive guard and center, make him a valuable asset for the Hurricanes as they gear up for the challenges of the 2024 season.

Carpenter’s decision to choose Miami over other competitive programs like North Carolina and Maryland signifies the appeal and strength of the Hurricanes’ football program under head coach Mario Cristobal.

As the Hurricanes continue to make waves in the college football landscape, more breaking news is anticipated in the coming days. With the transfer portal and the early signing day period in full swing, Miami fans can expect a minimum of five more additions to next season’s roster, according to a program source. The addition of Zach Carpenter is just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting week for the Hurricanes.