Countdown to NSD - National Recruiting Rankings

Where does Miami rank? Who can they flip and sign to shoot up the rankings? All that and more...

The Miami Hurricanes Class of 2014 football recruiting is undoubtedly a critical one for the Al Golden era.

For the first time since arriving in Coral Gables, AG and staff are working with out the cloud of NCAA investigations.

And the early returns were superb. Even before the NCAA handed down its decision, UM boasted a class that nearly every program in the country envied.  Miami was sitting pretty, anywhere from #3 to #5 on most board.

But recently other teams have made gains, and the Hurricanes have lost a few chips.

Where do they rank just days before NSD?

247 is bullish due to the 'Canes recent rash of lost commits, placing them at #11.

See their full rankings below:

Team Total Five Star Four Star Three Star Avg Points
1 Alabama Alabama 25 5 15 5 93.53 314.76
2 Ohio State Ohio State 22 1 15 6 92.73 295.30
3 Texas A&M Texas A&M 21 3 12 6 91.84 279.83
4 LSU LSU 19 3 11 5 92.23 279.29
5 Florida State Florida State 27 1 14 11 89.73 275.87
6 Tennessee Tennessee 34 0 16 18 89.23 274.71
7 Auburn Auburn 20 2 9 9 90.23 263.83
8
UP 3
Georgia Georgia 18 2 10 6 91.38 260.01
9
DOWN -1
Notre Dame Notre Dame 22 0 15 7 89.96 259.82
10
DOWN -1
Florida Florida 21 1 7 13 89.59 258.62
11
DOWN -1
Miami Miami 25 1 7 17 88.63 256.50
12 Texas Texas 21 0 7 14 88.48 238.00
13 Ole Miss Ole Miss 24 0 5 19 88.01 237.62
14
UP 2
Clemson Clemson 19 0 9 10 88.61 236.41
15
DOWN -1
Michigan Michigan 16 1 8 7 89.90 233.54
16
UP 10
Stanford Stanford 18 0 7 11 88.73 231.93
17
UP 1
UCLA UCLA 17 0 7 10 88.96 226.60
18
DOWN -1
Oklahoma Oklahoma 23 1 5 16 86.75 226.46
19
UP 5
Kentucky Kentucky 28 0 6 22 86.68 225.01
20 South Carolina South Carolina 18 0 7 11 88.33 223.00
21
UP 7
Penn State Penn State 24 0 5 19 87.14 222.63
22
DOWN -7
Oregon Oregon 17 0 7 9 88.45 222.38
23
DOWN -1
Arizona State Arizona State 25 0 8 16 86.62 219.98
24
DOWN -1
Baylor Baylor 28 1 3 24 85.08 216.98
25
UP 2
North Carolina North Carolina 22 0 3 19 86.57 215.95

How do the other publications rate UM's class?

ESPN - 8th

Rivals - 8th

Scout - 8th

But alas 'Canes fans,  if JC Jackson, Lamont Gaillard, Treon Harris or any other combination of undecided players pick up a UM cap on Wednesday, Miami can still shoot up the charts.

Our very own Cameron Underwood summarized the class neatly,

"Adding JC Jackson would be a nice boost, and give us another top talent at a position of need.  And, obviously, the whole Travonte Valentine thing. We need him desperately, but if he decides to go to LSU, as many believe he will, getting Lamont Gaillard to flip from his Georgia commitment would soften that blow.

The only way I really see us moving up in the rankings would be to flip Bo Scarbrough from Alabama (HIGHLY UNLIKELY), and getting the above listed players. Short of that, I think a finish somewhere between 10-17 is likely."

Also in the mix on NSD, 4  star WR Isiah Ford from Jacksonville, WR CJ Worton (unlikely) of Homestead, Brad Kaaya's favorite target in HS, Brayden Lenius, and perhaps a few surprises.

Don't expect them to catch Alabama for the mythical NSD National Championship, but with a few late closes Miami can still rise some.

More importantly, even with out any late pushes, UM will still end up with a very highly rated class highlighted by guys like Kaaya, Joseph Yearby, Anthony Moten, KC McDermott, Chad Thomas (hopefully), and Kiy Hester.

Stay tuned for updated rankings, post NSD.

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