UPDATE: Northwestern officially announced Kidd's arrival Friday.
Former Miami wide receiver Garrett Kidd is transferring to Northwestern. Kidd tweeted the news last month, but it somehow slipped through the cracks.
Kidd is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout originally from Midland, Mich. He did not record any stats for the Hurricanes in 2014. He was primarily a special teams player as a redshirt freshman and sophomore in 2012 and 2013, and recorded one catch each season.
John Kidd punting for the Buffalo Bills | Photo: Rick Stewart/Allsport
Kidd will be eligible to play this year, and will be on scholarship. Per a team spokesman, Kidd has been working out with the team. However, he has not yet been officially announced or added to the roster because he has not yet officially been admitted to graduate school at NU. According to the spokesman though, that could happen any day now.
Kidd was originally a walk-on at Miami, but was eventually put on scholarship by the Hurricanes at the end of the 2013 season. This past January, after his redshirt junior season, he announced that he would be retiring from football. However, it appears he decided to transfer.
Kidd is the son of former Northwestern punter John Kidd, who was drafted in the 5th round of the 1984 NFL Draft and went on to have a 15-year NFL career. John spent most of his professional career with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.
Garrett Kidd only had offers from FCS schools coming out of high school. Here is his high school highlight tape:
In the eyes of Miami head coach Al Golden, Kidd was a hard worker, and that's why he earned his scholarship, per 247 sports:
"He's gotten faster and stronger, and a very blue-collar guy that runs very good routes. He finds a way to get open and he's helped us out on special teams and just excited about his growth and development." - Al Golden
As far as on-field contributions go, Kidd could be a special teamer right away. His route-running skills are evident even in his high school tape, but learning a new playbook will surely be a challenge, especially considering he only joined the team less than two months before camp opens. Still, the wide receiver position, as we have noted before, is not exactly an area of strength, so Kidd could compete for snaps on offense at some point this season.