For the second time this week, the Miami Hurricanes have lost a defensive back to the transfer portal. Almost a week before Miami was set to play Florida in Orlando, Nigel Bethel, a former 3-star recruit, announced his decision to enter the transfer portal.
Bethel announced the decision on Twitter.
— 27 (@F5_nigel) August 16, 2019
A redshirt freshman, Bethel played in one game during the 2018 season — the blowout win over Savannah State. Bethel, who hails from Miami, was also recruited out of high school by Georgia, Florida, UCF and Louisville.
Earlier the week, Derrick Smith — a reserve safety — also announced his decision to enter the transfer portal. Smith reportedly had a good run in preseason play thus far; he could’ve challenged for a starting spot, too. During his two seasons at Miami, the 6-foot-2 Smith played in 25 games; he recorded 11 tackles in the 2018 season.
Miami’s defense is already dealing with another notable setback, too: defensive tackle Nesta Silvera is out with a foot injury.