OBB: The Wake Up! (1/18)

Wake up sunshine. This is your Wednesday morning wake up call from your local neighborhood OBB. The good news, we personally haven’t hit the portal yet. The Hurricanes offseason roster revamp is in full swing. I think it is time to head on over to the Greentree shall we. Lets Go! Wake up!

the Greentree 

Jake Garcia has entered the transfer portal. In his two-year career at Miami, Garcia held a completion percentage of 61.2 and threw for seven passing touchdowns. During Garcia’s Hurricane tenure he was the primary backup to Tyler Van Dyke. This was supposed to be his year. But things change.

The entire quarterback room in 2022 was turbulent. The surefire departure of Van Dyke to the NFL never materialized. You add that with the inefficiency of the offense and Frank Ponce just left to go back to Appalachian State, not good. Garcia will now test the open market.

Garcia was a top 25 overall recruit in the the Class of 2021 and was initially committed to USC before flipping to Miami. He was the top quarterback recruit in over a decade for the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes now have only Van Dyke, Jacurri Brown and Emory Williams as UM QBs on scholarship.

“Jake is going to do well but I hope he doesn’t send out his Duke game tape.”

“Quick someone check on Marsh.”

Miami’s starting center in 2022 has also hit the portal. Jakai Clark started 42 games and played 2717 snaps for the Hurricanes. But the former Three Orange Recruit from Grayson, Ga has now listed his intention to transfer. This comes directly on the heals of the Hurricanes adding UCF transfer Matt Lee at center.

Lee didn’t allow a single sack last season and graded out with a 91.0 pass blocking grade last year. Lee was also rated the 3rd highest center in college football according to PFF. In 2022, Clark’s pass blocking and run blocking grade hovered in the 60’s.

Could Clark end up at SMU? Possibly. Clark has recently retweeted SMU posts involving former Miami Hurricane teammates. Or is Clark interested in achieving more lucrative NIL deals. Shortly after Lee committed to the Hurricanes, Clark quickly pointed out the absence of any NIL deals.

Technically speaking, the Hurricanes evoked more of a power gap scheme last year under Head Coach Mario Cristobal. Under former OC Rhett Lashlee the Hurricanes favored more of a zone scheme. Clark, who has the nock of being slightly undersized, could benefit more in a system suitable to his size and skillset.

“He must of found out there was no NIL for him.”

“Good luck in the portal Jakai.”

“He would be better fit in a zone blocking scheme.” -Ro

With recent portal additions Garcia and Clark, here is a current updated list of the 19 Miami Hurricane transfer portal departures:

  • QB Jake Garcia
  • RB Thad Franklin
  • RB Jaylan Knighton
  • WR Romello Brinson
  • WR Key’Shawn Smith
  • OL Jakai Clark
  • OL John Campbell
  • DE Elijah Roberts
  • DT Allan Haye Jr.
  • DT Darrell Jackson Jr.
  • DT Jordan Miller
  • STAR Gilbert Frierson
  • LB Avery Huff Jr.
  • CB Isaiah Dunson
  • CB Khamauri Rogers
  • S Al Blades Jr.
  • S Keyshawn Washington
  • S Avantae “Neo” Williams

We will continue to monitor the portal and also give updates on staff changes which we fully anticipate and expect. Join the discussion today and be part of Discord-U. The OBB Legend is its exclusive home and we will put a welcome mat out for you. (Quotes were provided from Discord-U) #staydangerous #BANG. Wake up!

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About the Author: Roman Marciante

Born and raised in South Florida. Local Boy. Husband. Tali and Franco’s dad. “Hey grandpa, is there a local college team we can watch?” “Do they throw the ball?” They don’t run the option do they?” Thus the love affair was born. Proud supporter of St Thomas Aquinas Raider nation and alum. One day got in a studio with two other buddy’s and started a conversation about a local team and the rest was history. A former pro athlete who secretly had a CIA job and some people call “Chief.” Yells “Bang” a lot. “It is not wrong, it is just different.” Managing Editor for the OBB Legend, host of X’s and Ro and Student of the Game connoisseur. I still remember the day I beat Mike Tyson in a fight. 007-373-5963. Thanks for all your help Mac. I couldn’t have done it without you.

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