The Miami Hurricanes have had luck within the past year of landing players in the transfer portal. K.J. Osborn, Trevon Hill, Chigozie Nnoruka, and others have all come from other schools and have been able to contribute for UM.
Now there's another player who Miami should go after, receiver Theo Howard, who announced last week he’d be entering the transfer portal after playing for the UCLA Bruins. Howard has only played one game this season, and decided to enter the portal, and plans on playing his final year of eligibility once his hand injuries heal.
A native of Thousand Oaks, California, Howard has been known as a reliable target for any Bruins quarterback over the past couple years, including Josh Rosen.
Rosen to Theo Howard and we have a game! pic.twitter.com/0QADl865wT— Daniel Brito (@DraftHeads) September 4, 2017
In 2017, Howard recorded 51 catches and then 56 the following year in 2018. Last season was Theo’s most productive season, racking up nearly 700 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive stat from Howard, was that he did all of that catching without recording a single drop on the year.
The FBS leaders in most receptions without a drop are led by UCLA's Theo Howard pic.twitter.com/4OQsyUWzw7— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 29, 2018
Miami did recruit and offer Howard back in 2016, but didn’t really go further than that. Looking ahead to 2020, the Hurricanes lose Osborn, and you never know what Jeff Thomas does if he has a successful second half of the season. Miami will return Mike Harley, Brian Hightower, Dee Wiggins and Mark Pope, but having a guy who has played and succeeded at the college level is always a plus.
UM has had success with UCLA players within the transfer portal, with Nnoruka on the defensive line as well as linebacker Jaelan Phillips, who will be eligible to play in 2020 for the Canes. Howard and Phillips recently had a small interaction with each other about Miami on Twitter.
WR coach Taylor Stubblefield has West Coast ties, and we’ll see if Miami can go after Howard and help their receiver room going forward.