Former five-star RB and current Miami Hurricane sophomore Lorenzo Lingard has decided to enter the transfer portal.
This decision comes three days after the Canes starting RB DeeJay Dallas declared for this year’s NFL draft. Lingard was Miami’s top recruit in 2018 and the nation’s number 2 running back recruit in 2018.
Lingard rushed 17 times for 136 yards, along with two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2018, before his season was cut short due to a knee injury. Lingard did not have the bounce-back sophomore season he envisioned. He agreed to be redshirted to retain a year of eligibility but failed to carry the ball once throughout the 4 game quota for redshirts.
Many believe Lingard’s lack of playing time was a factor in his decision to enter the portal. However, Miami has stacked up on RB’s. Bringing back Cam’Ron Harris, the team’s second-leading rusher this season, Redshirt Sophomore Robert Burns, and adding two freshman HS All-Americans in four-stars Jaylan Knighton and Donald Chaney Jr.
However this is not the case, Lingard told @ChrisBoyleDBNJ that the reason he is looking to transfer is to be closer to home due to his father’s health condition.
Lingard is rumored to be interested in UCF as a possible transfer destination. Lingard played football near the university, as he attended University High in Orange County, FL. He could also be looking at Ohio State as a possibility, a school he visited several times before signing with the Canes.
Lorenzo Lingard may remain on the team if he cannot find the right match for his future, or if Manny Diaz and the coaching staff, along with the players can convince him to say.
When it is all said and done, we wish Lorenzo Lingard the best of luck wherever he plays football next season.