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Jake Garcia is leaving Miami, enter the transfer portal, sources say

Jake Garcia is leaving Miami, enter the transfer portal, sources say

university named after Miami defender Jake Garcia intends to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. He informed Miami’s coaches of his intentions, and his decision was made a day before the portal entry deadline.

Garcia is a former top-25 recruit in the Class of 2021 by the ESPN 300. He originally committed to USC before transferring to Miami in December 2020. He redshirted his freshman year, meaning he will be eligible for three seasons at his next school and be eligible immediately.

According to a source, Garcia wants to commit somewhere immediately and play springball to learn the system and compete for a starting job.

The deadline on the portal is for entry only, so as long as athletes have until Wednesday, they can decide at any time.

Garcia started one game for the Hurricanes this season, a 14-12 four-overtime win at Virginia. Garcia finished 15-for-31 for 125 yards in the game. On the season, he completed 59.1% of his passes through eight games with five touchdown passes and four interceptions.

He played just one game during his first season on campus in 2021, scoring two touchdowns in a 69-0 win over Central Connecticut.

Garcia’s career was an odyssey as he attended five high schools in four years. His career included a stop in his native California at Long Beach Poly, where he backed up future Ole Miss star Matt Corral. He transferred to Narbonne (Calif.) High School and starred there for two seasons before ending his career at Georgia so he could play his senior season during the 2020 season, which was rescheduled due to COVID-19.

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