The offseason for the Miami Hurricanes rolls on, and with it so does the numbers of players transferring schools. For the Canes, one player they need to go after during this period is Buffalo receiver K.J. Osborn, who recently put his name into the transfer portal.
Osborn would be able to play immediately because he has already graduated from Buffalo.
Several months ago, the need at the receiver position for the Hurricanes didn’t seem like a need at all really, Miami still had players like Ahmmon Richards, Jeff Thomas and Lawrence Cager. Since then, Richards suffered a career-ending injury, and the other two have now left the program.
Now, the Canes experience at the position is limited, with no seniors returning, and even limited juniors, so the time to reach out to talent at WR is now for Manny Diaz and his staff.
Talent is something that Miami has at WR, including several to-be sophomores like Brian Hightower, Dee Wiggins and Mark Pope, 2019 commit Jeremiah Payton will also be adding to the receiver roster. They also have incoming junior Mike Harley, who will be expected to take on a much larger role in 2019.
Osborn would bring to Coral Gables experience, talent and an impressive reputation. During the 2018 season, Osborn had one of the finest seasons by a receiver in Buffalo history, pulling in 53 receptions, seven touchdowns and 892 yards, and was voted second-team All-MAC.
Though he grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, Osborn decided to play his senior season of high school football in Bradenton, Florida, at IMG Academy.
As was stated earlier, Miami’s receivers now are extremely talented, just unproven. Harley is coming back as the leading returning receiver from the 2018 season, and he finished with just 21 catches, 240 yards and zero touchdowns.
Osborn brings a deep-threat style to his game, and averaged 16.8 yards per reception last year with Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson, as the Bulls finished 2018 in the FBS’ top-20 for average yards per completion.
Even off the field, Osborn has been doing great things, and was named second-team Academic All-MAC team two years in a row, and though he’s already graduated, you can always look at that as a positive.
It has been reported that Miami has interest in Osborn, though nothing more than that.
Barry states Miami’s interest in Buffalo transfer KJ Osborn. https://t.co/UltCJtDZSA— Kevin Fielder (@TheKevinFielder) January 8, 2019
Though the search for an offensive coordinator carries on, as well as another transfer quarterback, Diaz would do well to land Osborn.