This season has seen quite the attrition for players leaving the Miami Hurricanes football program. This week the team lost yet another player, when CB Ryan Mayes decided to leave. On the surface this could look bad, considering all of the other players who have recently left the program. However the position for the Canes is pretty stacked.
Mayes was already down on the depth chart and with some high profile newcomers expected to come in and snatch starting spots, the chance for him to get any playing time dramatically decreased. The loss of Mayes shouldn’t be a major concern for the coaching staff and the fan base.
Perhaps the most significant pickup the program had this offseason was the transfer of grad student Dee Delaney. Delaney who comes over from FCS program The Citadel led his conference with six interceptions last year. The 6’1 195 lb Delaney is an NFL prospect and has already impressed Miami with his speed, size and athleticism. On the other side will like be Jhavonte Dean who’s a JUCO transfer from Blinn College. Dean’s a four start talent and a local kid, who graduated from South Dade. He’s 6’2 185 lbs and is said to be even faster than Delaney.
It doesn’t end there. Sophomore Malek Young who had perhaps the best overall Spring camp is going to be in the mix to start as well. The coaching staff is very high on Young who has shown a tremendous level of understanding the position and leadership, which is certainly helping his cause. Michael Jackson and newly arrived Trajan Bradley who’s another four star recruit keep the Miami CB unit very deep.
Mayes is the second CB to leave, Terrance Henley left earlier in the month in search for more playing time as well. Perhaps the most impactful departure was RB Gus Edwards leaving to go to Rutgers. With RB depth being in question, Edwards leaving, which was expected certainly made the unit thing, with Mark Walton being the only RB with significant experience.