Barry Jackson

UM pursuing more quarterbacks and eyeing another blue-chip transfer

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Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced he is transferring to Miami. Here are five things to know about the former four-star recruit.
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Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced he is transferring to Miami. Here are five things to know about the former four-star recruit.

Even after snagging Ohio State transfer Tate Martell, UM has remained highly aggressive in its pursuit of additional quarterbacks.

The latest target: two-star Houston-based Class of 2019 prospect Peyton Matocha, who announced UM has offered him a scholarship.

Here was his tweet this past weekend:

“After a great conversation with @CoachDanEnos I am very excited to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Miami #TheU



Matocha has visited Wyoming and Texas A&M and plans to visit UM.

Army, Massachusetts and Tulane also have offered him a scholarship.

The Canes would like to have five scholarship quarterbacks in 2019, which will protect themselves in case Martell isn’t successful in his pursuit of a waiver to be eligible to play immediately, as opposed to sitting out a year, which is customary for transfers who aren’t grad transfers.

Parents of Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry have said in recent days that their sons will not transfer. Cade Weldon’s plans are unknown. UM last week added former Arkansas walk-on quarterback Carson Proctor as a Hurricanes walk-on.

Metocha, a 6-4 pro style quarterback, threw for 3,697 yards last season (308 per game) with 35 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. He also ran for 804 yards.

MaxPreps.com last week rated him among the 100 under-the-radar college prospects for 2019, adding this: “[St. Thomas Catholic] coach Josh Hooten said colleges should be knocking down the door on the dual-threat star. Matocha has run 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, high jumped 6-feet, 9-inches and thrown for 3,700 yards and 35 touchdowns. He added 804 yards rushing and 14 TDs in 2018.

“He’s a freak athlete,” Hooten said. “I think he is a kid that people will be talking about in a few years as a ‘where did this kid come from’ list.”

Metocha is at least the second 2019 quarterback that Enos, UM’s new offensive coordinator, has offered. Enos previously evaluated Metocha, but did not offer him a scholarship, when he was Arkansas’ offensive coordinator from 2015 through 2017.

Last week, Enos offered a scholarship to four-star New Orleans-based QB Lance Legendre during an in-home visit.

Legendre, 6-3, is down to three finalists — Tennessee, FSU and UM. He’s planning to visit UM Feb. 1, the weekend before National Signing Day.

A former Kansas commit, Legendre is rated by Rivals as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class.

Meanwhile, UM continues to pursue Jacksonville-based four-star Class of 2020 quarterback Carson Beck.

BLUE-CHIP TRANSFER IN PLAY

Martell indicated on Twitter that former five-star defensive end/linebacker Jaelan Phillips will be visiting UM this weekend. That coincided with several tweets by tight end Brevin Jordan lobbying for Phillips to join UM, two of which were retweeted by Phillips.

Phillips, out of East Valley High in Redlands, Cal., was rated Rivals.com’s sixth best overall prospect in the 2017 class but played in only 10 games at UCLA - six as a freshman and four last season - before announcing in December that he planned to medically retire from football after a rash of injuries, including a concussion.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Phillips was sidelined by an ankle injury and a concussion in 2017 and suffered another concussion in 2018. He also underwent two surgeries last offseason offseason because of a wrist injury after being hit by a car.”

He finished his UCLA career with 41 tackles, 4½ sacks and eight tackles for loss.

“This is a shame,” Rivals’ Mike Farrell said last month, “because Phillips is one of the best big athletes I’ve seen in my career coming out of high school. He played as a standup linebacker for the most part in high school but showed off his ability as a rush end as well at camps and all-star events. If he didn’t have the injuries, he would have had a great career and been an easy first-rounder.”

While any medical update on Phillips is unclear, he apparently wants to resume playing.

Phillips, listed at 6-5 and 245 pounds, retweeted Martell’s tweet, which said: “Just got back from my adventure in the portal and came back with @JJPhillips15 visiting this weekend.”

And Phillips also retweeted Jordan, who tweeted: “#1 player in the c/o 2017 wants to slide to the U, Canes family y’all know what to do.”

DUGANS LANDS JOB

Ron Dugans, one of five former UM offensive assistants dismissed by new coach Manny Diaz, has resurfaced as FSU’s receivers coach. Dugans is an FSU alumnus.

That means four of the five fired UM assistants have found work.

Thomas Brown is the new running backs coach at South Carolina, Todd Hartley the new tight ends coach at Georgia and Stacy Searels the new offensive line coach at North Carolina. Quarterbacks coach Jon Richt hasn’t been hired to this point.

Here was my post earlier Monday on UM’s pursuit of two impact grad transfer defensive ends.

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Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.


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