Several weeks ago, I wrote an article talking about how the Hurricanes needed to go after two wide receivers in the transfer portal, Kobay White from Boston College and Tarik Black from Michigan. While White is now returning to BC, it’s been reported that Miami apparently is one of the schools Black could end up at.
Brian Dohn of 247Sports recently listed the Canes as a possible landing destination for Black. The other schools were Texas, Virginia, Syracuse, Arizona State and Boston College. All those schools named, including Miami, have all reportedly reached out to Black.
Black entered the transfer portal back in mid-December. The former four-star recruit from the 2017 class would be immediately eligible to play in 2020, and could also play in 2021 as well, which is unusual for a grad-transfer.
While it was thought not too ago that Black could be on his way to Boston College, reports have been coming out of his interest in Miami and vice verse. Black retweeted the Hurricanes official account on Twitter when the 2020 schedule was announced.
The 2020 has officially arrived!— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) January 22, 2020
This year's schedule features seven games at @HardRockStadium including Florida State.
Get your today! :https://t.co/F75chxYAyB pic.twitter.com/gL9tCU3yAz
It should be noted that Black graduates from Michigan in May, so for the next few months he’ll be conducting visits to several schools, and figuring out which offensive system best fits his talent.
With Black, the potential and the talent is obviously there, though because of certain injuries that he sustained over the past three years, Michigan wasn’t able to fully see the whole picture with Tarik. Suffering foot injuries in 2017 and 2018 limited Black and hurt him when it came to depth chart battles and progressing further on the team.
Though like it’s been said, the talent is there. Even as a true freshman, Black started his first three games with the Wolverines, catching a touchdown his very first game.
September 2nd, 2017: (Part 1) Wilton Speight throws a 46-yard TD pass to Tarik Black, his 1st career TD at Michigan. pic.twitter.com/SIOsKzzLJB— Michigan Moments (@UofMMoments) September 3, 2017
This past year as a part-time starter, Black finished with 25 receptions, for 323 yards and 1 touchdown.
Tarik Black said @LetmeRockk_ in the end zone real quick.— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) September 1, 2019
Wilson picks up a block, Shea drops a dime and @UMichFootball grabs the lead: pic.twitter.com/BFoTR9a8hg
If Black could maintain a clean bill of health, he would absolutely be a great target for the Hurricanes at wide receiver. He has tremendous size at 6-3 and 215 pounds, a physical WR with good ability to high-point the football.
Michigan true freshman WR Tarik Black is going to be a fun player to keep track of over the next few years pic.twitter.com/0z5Eo4B5k9— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) July 6, 2017
With the addition of quarterback D’Eriq King and also new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Miami gives Black two exceptional selling points. With King, Black would have a preseason Heisman candidate at QB, something that none of the other potential schools have, except with Texas and Sam Ehlinger. And then with Lashlee, and the up-tempo style of play that he’s going to install, Black would have tons of opportunities to catch more passes.
Also, because of the Hurricanes questions marks at the wide receiver position heading into 2020, Black would more than likely be playing right away. Miami lost K.J. Osborn and Jeff Thomas to the NFL Draft, and they’re going to be depending on Mike Harley, Mark Pope, Dee Wiggins and Jeremiah Payton to lead the WR room.
In the coming weeks, it’ll be very interesting with Black and the Hurricanes, but I think it’s clear that he could be a valuable asset to the Miami offense for the next couple years.