Barry Jackson

UM targets another veteran cornerback

For the Miami Herald

University of Miami coach Mark Richt says he loves adding grad transfers and compares it to NFL free agency.

And UM is continuing its search for veteran help at several positions this week.

The latest name linked to Miami: Citadel cornerback Dee Delaney. Herald contributor and caneinsight.com’s Peter Ariz reports that Delaney will visit UM next week.

CBS.com rates the 6-1 Delaney the No. 18 cornerback in the 2018 draft class.

Delaney, who attended high school at Whale Branch in South Carolina, was an FCS All-American last season, finishing with 35 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

The Citadel reached the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row before being eliminated by Wofford.

“I talked to my family about it and we agreed that I should come back to school and get started on my master’s program and graduate school, rather than not finishing up school and taking that chance,” Delaney told bluffonsports.com last month, making no mention of the possibility of transferring.

“And with the success we’ve had (in football) the last few years, we want to keep the expectations high and just keep moving forward. “I need to work on my footwork and my tackling,” he said. “(Scouts) all say the same thing. You need quick feet and the ability to tackle.

“As a pro you also need to be able to adapt to the speed and study film. A lot of it is being in the right position at the right time in a game. There’s just a lot of preparation that goes into being a professional athlete.”

UM also has pursued Clemson grad transfer Adrian Baker - who missed last season with an ACL injury - but recruiting analyst Ryan Bartow reports Baker so far has lined up visits only with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Meanwhile, UM officials say the school also is looking for grad transfer help at running back, tight end and safety, with Clemson’s Tyshon Dye remaining a prime target at running back.

For my Heat post on this Sunday, on what scouts are saying about Miami’s roster, please click here.

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