I know there is a lot of debate on whether the transfer portal is good or bad for Miami and other non-Power 5 teams.
A little math on how it affected Miami looking at the 2023 roster as is now known.
Transfer portal losses to Power 5
John Saunders, Jr.
Transfer portal additions with Power 5 experience
Joe Wilkens, Jr. Notre Dame
Cam Williams Indiana
William Hardrick Miss State
Jayden Williams USC
Cade McDonald. Mich State
Maddox Kopp. Colorado
John Young. Kentucky
Rashod Amos. South Carolina
Jeremiah Campbell. Louisville
Jackson Kuwatch Ohio State
Four losses of proven performers.
Ten additions of generally unproven performers but who most likely possess more potential than most of those who entered the portal who ended up at lower level programs or will no longer play football.
We will see how 2023 plays out but 2022 seemed to work out positively for us on the transfer portal based on who came in.
All of these portal additions were productive contributors in 2022.
We also got playing time from both Bjorson and LaBounty.
Of course, we lost Pace, Phelps, Butler and A.J. Mayer (who did not go Power 5).
The argument could be made that the portal losses from 2023 are worse than 2022 even though we lost some really top notch players especially on the defensive side in '22…
However, these guys generally only were one and doners.
Losing 2023 guys Saunders, Zolan (and Humphreys who did not go Power 5) with multiple years of eligibility might be more of a negative impact long-term,
On balance, I believe the jury is still out on whether this proves the portal to be a benefit to Miami or not.
We will clearly lose some top players every year to Power 5.
However, if coaches can bring in Power 5 talent from the portal to offset the losses or, ideally, provide a net overall benefit, the portal might be advantageous.
Of course, this ignores the disruptive impact the entire transfer portal process is in the first place in building a program and culture.
Let’s hope we see similar production to last year with this year’s portal additions.