Miami recruiting nuggets: backup receiver to transfer

January, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here is the latest report from ESPN's Tom Luginbill:

Miami redshirt-freshman receiver Jermaine McKenzie has decided to transfer to Memphis.

McKenzie played in only three games for the Canes this past season and did not catch a pass. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound wideout was injured in a car accident in June 2007 and was forced to redshirt as a freshman. He was cleared to play this season, but only saw action against Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

Highly recruited as a prep, McKenzie chose the Canes over Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, West Virginia and Kansas.

McKenzie had nothing but kind words about Miami at the time of his departure:

"I loved it. It's a great place. It's great city. A great school known for winning. Miami really taught me a lot of things about football and life. Miami is a beautiful place. I'm going to miss it. Am I going to come back and visit, yes. Overall, it was just a wonderful experience from the coaches on down to the players even though me and some of the coaches weren't seeing eye to eye," he told ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheU.com.

Jermaine will join his fraternal twin Tremaine, who recently signed with Memphis. Tremaine, a safety from College of the Siskiyous, Calif., picked the Tigers over Colorado, Purdue and West Virginia.

Another tidbit out of Coral Gables ...

Sam Barrington, OLB
Jacksonville, FL
Terry Parker H.S.
Scouts Grade: 77
Position Rank: 45

Barrington has a top three of Miami, Illinois and South Florida, according to ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheU.com.

Barrington listed Miami's only negative as the fact it started recruiting him the latest. Illinois' distance from home hurts the Fighting Illini. Also, Barrington doesn't believe the football program or academics at South Florida match the other two.

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