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Miami Has Become ‘Portal U’ This Offseason

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The ‘Canes are reloading their roster through transfers early in 2019.

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Miami has struggled to add talent to its 2019 recruiting class, but head coach Manny Diaz and his staff have made up for it by bringing in a handful of uber-talented transfers.

As stated in previous State of the U articles, it’s clear that Manny Diaz has re-established Miami as an attractive place to play. He has reignited the program — restoring the passion and excitement that was lost during the 2018 season. Most importantly, he’s making this process something that players want be part of.

One of the highly-touted players Miami landed is Tate Martell. Martell, a 4-star recruit from Las Vegas, Nevada (247), was projected to be Ohio State’s starting quarterback in 2019 until Justin Fields transferred to the school. Martell may be the most valuable addition this offseason, however, as prior to him transferring, Miami was desperately searching for new talent at the position group. If he’s able to play immediately, he could potentially be the leader of Miami’s new offense.

Martell’s importance shouldn’t overshadow other transfers though, as Miami added ex-Auburn running back Asa Martin and ex-Butler offensive lineman Tommy Kennedy last month, ex-USC Safety Bubba Bolden, ex-Buffalo wide receiver K.J. Osborn, and most recently, ex-UCLA defensive tackle Chigozie Nnoruka.

Aside from the talent, Diaz’s efficiency is equally as impressive, as the players mentioned fulfill needs in vital position groups. ‘Cane fans shouldn’t expect Diaz to slow down anytime soon — Jaelen Phillips, the best overall recruit in 2017 (247), is set to visit Coral Gables this weekend.

Excitement continues to grow within the fanbase as they wait to hear who Miami’s next talented addition will be.