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Miami Hurricanes land much-needed LB depth with Caleb Johnson
Miami Hurricanes land much-needed LB depth with Caleb Johnson
May 22, 2024 11:19 PM

The Miami Hurricanes picked up another player from the transfer portal on Friday, as UCLA linebacker Caleb Johnson committed to the program.

This is Miami’s second UCLA transfer in less than a month, as they picked up edge defender Mitchell Agude last month.

Johnson started in 17 games over the course of two seasons with the Bruins. He tallied 89 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, and 5.5 sacks. Before joining UCLA, he had a junior-college stint at Fullerton.

Last season, he had 45 tackles. His best game statistically came against Arizona on October 9. In that contest, he recorded seven tackles.

This is a big pick up for the Miami Hurricanes. As evidenced by the spring game, Miami still needs help at the linebacker position. Mario Cristobal is not afraid to use the transfer portal, and bringing in Johnson allows them to have additional experience at the position.

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— Caleb Johnson (@CalebJohnsun) April 22, 2022

Miami continues to add to going to 2022 class via the transfer portal. In total, they have nine transfers in the class . The class itself ranks 13th overall nationally per the 247Sports Team Rankings.

The Miami Hurricanes addressed a depth problem with this latest news. Currently, they have Keontra Smith, Corey Flagg Jr., and Gilbert Frierson. Adding some experience is important for the position. Experience is a major weakness for Miami currently, and now this will help bolster it.

There is also some familiarity between coach and player. Cristobal extended an offer to Johnson while the coach was at Oregon.

Overall, this is a big get for the Miami hurricanes. We have seen throughout the offseason how this current and coaching staff is getting players they are familiar with be of the transfer portal. This is another case of that type of scenario. Johnson will give Miami some much-needed juice at the position.

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