Just because spring football is over, doesn’t mean recruiting and transfer season has to end for Manny Diaz and Miami as well. Last week, something that caught the eyes of both Canes players and fans was that cornerback K.J. Sails announced that he was transferring from North Carolina.
Though he technically announced he was going to be looking at other schools within the transfer portal on March 22nd, everyone in the Miami community started to blow it up last week.
A native of Tampa, Sails was apart of the 2016 recruiting class and 247Sports had him as a four-star cornerback. Though offered by bigger schools like Wisconsin and Penn State, Sails ultimately went to Chapel Hill to play at UNC.
He only played one game as a freshman in 2016, but as a sophomore the next season, Sails started to establish himself. Appearing in 12 games and starting 11 in 2017, Sails led the Tar Heels with 13 pass breakups, which also ranked ninth in the ACC. Entering a much anticipated 2018 junior year, Sails was thought of as a major piece to the UNC defense. However, a season-ending injury suffered just four games in sealed his fate for last year. Through two-and-a-quarter seasons in Carolina, Sails appeared in 19 games and started 14.
Now, due to family circumstances back in Florida, Sails decided to pursue another opportunity somewhere else, and there are several reasons why him coming to Miami would be beneficial.
First, the Hurricanes need help at the cornerback position. Not in the way that the linebackers need help with depth, but Miami’s corners are young. UM has junior Trajan Bandy, who’s the established as the number-one CB, but it’s a bunch of youngsters after him. Right now, D.J. Ivey and Al Blades Jr. are fighting for the second spot, and while their upside is extremely high, they’re both sophomore with limited experience. Sails on the other hand, played a full season at corner, and because he only played in four games in 2018, he can use his redshirt for last year, meaning he still has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Should I start doing more edits of highlight videos like this? What do you guys think. I posted this yesterday but wanted to know y’alls thoughts ( KJ Sails DB UNC ) pic.twitter.com/XUimNjuFIQ— Snake (@Elijah_Shriner) April 6, 2018
While Miami’s pass defense was ranked first in the nation last season, Bandy is the only starter in the secondary who’s returning. The Hurricanes are replacing Michael Jackson at the other corner spot, and then Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine at safety. The experience that Sails would bring is something that can’t be measured, and his playing has also come against ACC and Big-5 talent.
KJ Sails will DEFINITELY play on Sundays!— RoyWilliamsCourt@TheSmithCenter (@Briccyardlilyo) September 8, 2018
Also, nearing the six-foot height range, Sails again presents an attractive part of his game. Blades Jr. and Ivey are both six-one, but Bandy stands at only five-nine. It also helps that Sails has been described as a vocal and fiery leader on this team, which of course means he’ll fit in perfectly with Miami.
KJ Sails is getting the best of Trevon Brown right now, and he's letting him hear about it.— Stephen Igoe (@StephenIgoe) September 8, 2018
“Right now it’s between FAU, USF and Miami,” Sails told 247Sports last Wednesday. Then he tweeted this on Sunday, meaning that we’ll know where he’s going within the week.
This the week I’ll be making one of the biggest decisions of my life this weekend— KJ Sails Jr 9⃣‼️ (@KJ2LiVE) April 28, 2019