According to a report from Matt Zenitz of AL.com on Monday morning, Miami Hurricanes redshirt sophomore RB Lorenzo Lingard has elected to enter the transfer portal.
Source: Miami sophomore running back Lorenzo Lingard has entered the transfer portal.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) December 30, 2019
Former five-star recruit. Was rated as the second-best running back in the 2018 recruiting class within the 247 Composite rankings.
An elite recruit. Lingard is one of the last 5-stars on Miami’s roster. But, despite his physical ability and impressive physique, a combination of lack of opportunities (in 2018) and injury/associated recovery (2018 and 2019) curtailed Lingard’s ability to show his skills on the field for the Canes.
After Lingard was lost for he year due to an injury sustained in practice last October, fellow then-freshman Cam’ron Harris stepped up and made a name for himself with the snaps he got. Harris continued to develop and was planted as the backup to starting RB DeeJay Dallas while Lingard worked back from his injury.
After asking to redshirt this season, Lingard did see time in a couple games. He only amassed 1 snap played in the loss at Duke, and did not see the field vs FIU or in the bowl game against Louisiana Tech. With the belief that he’s fully healthy now coming off his injury, I’m sure that this lack of playing time was a factor in Lingard’s reported decision to enter the portal.
If Lingard leaves, Miami will still be stacked at RB. Cam’Ron Harris returns, as does Robert Burns, and 2 freshmen who were HS All-Americans: Donald Chaney Jr and Jaylan Knighton. Still, it is a melancholy situation to see a 5-star RB with literal track speed elect to leave the program. But that’s the way things go sometimes.
Whether he leaves or has a change of heart and stays, we wish Lorenzo Lingard the best in his future endeavors.