Hello there, Crootin’ fans. I’m back with another Recruiting Radar ahead of Miami’s first Official Visit weekend before National Signing Day. Excited? I am. Let’s get into it:
4-star OT Navaughn Donaldson. Unquestionably the headliner of this weekend’s visitor group (unless a surprise visit happens — as some have rumored), Donaldson has been committed to Miami since July 2015. He’s a local player (Miami Central) with a world of talent, and would be a day 1 starter at Miami next year. UF has tried to make a run at Donaldson of late, but all reports have the 6’6” 335lb Tackle solidly committed to Miami. Donaldson will be an EE, so this is his last visit before hitting campus in January. A good visit should all but lock him up for Miami.
5-star WR Jerry Jeudy. So that “surprise visit” I just mentioned in the Donaldson section? This is it. It was going to be a “secret visit”, but the information has gotten out into the public. This could potentially be a huge, HUGE event for Miami recruiting. Jeudy is a 5-star player and absolutely the kind of kid that Miami needs at WR. He is currently committed to Alabama, but this visit might possibly be Miami’s chance to make a move. Jeudy will be an early enrollee, so this is his last visit before hitting somebody’s campus in January. Could that campus be located in Coral Gables? Time will tell.
AND, before you chalk this up to “just hopeful Miami rumoring”, Peter Ariz from CanesInSight confirmed this visit, Ryan Bartow from 247sports confirmed this visit per his sources, and 4 other recruiting writers I spoke to did the same. So, Jeudy on campus in Coral Gables for an OV is REAL. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess.
3-star DE Jonathan Garvin. This uber-productive DE may be one of the most underrated players in Miami’s class. He has great size at 6’3” 235lbs, and is very productive, as this tweet shows:
Final numbers for Miami DE commit Jonathan Garvin this season – 97 tackles (59 for a loss) and 18 sacks in 9 games. https://t.co/1oB99vqWdo— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) November 1, 2016
Garvin was linked to Tennessee, but his father said that they are no longer communicating with the Vols and Garvin is 100% solid with Miami. Furthermore, Garvin is reportedly “close” to being ready to enroll early. This visit will cement things with Garvin, with the hopes of him enrolling at Miami in January.
3-star QB Cade Weldon. Another early enrollee, Weldon will visit campus this weekend. He is still VERY underrated after missing his junior year, but Weldon had the kind of huge season that warrants a rankings bump — hopefully in the future. Weldon threw for more than 3,000 yards as a HS senior, leading his team to the 2nd round of the Florida State playoffs. He’s got size, arm strength, and accuracy, and is a great fit at QB2 (behind 4-star N’Kosi Perry) in this class. It’s really almost QB1 and QB1a, to be honest. Weldon is 100% solid to Miami, and will enroll in January.
3-star RB Robert Burns. One of the most discussed players in Miami’s recruiting class currently, Burns is a player with a lot of talent but injuries are the question mark with him. He burst onto the scene as a HS sophomore, earning a then-record SPARQ score at a Nike recruiting camp. Since then, his production has been low (9 carries for 53 yards as a senior). Miami still wants him in this class, and that has been the case all along. If — and this is a big if — Burns can stay healthy and regain the form from his sophomore year, Miami may have a steal on their hands. Another early enrollee, Burns is on track to hit campus in January.
3-star S Amari Carter. Yet another early enrollee, Carter is a physical S who should see plenty of time for Miami as a freshman. He is solidly committed to Miami, and this visit will only strengthen that connection. And, don’t let that 3-star rating fool you: Carter can seriously play and is SERIOUSLY underrated by the recruiting world. He, like so many other players who are visiting this weekend, will enroll at Miami in January.
3-star LB Waynmon Steed. A teammate of Donaldson’s at Miami Central, Steed is a productive and instinctual linebacker who should fit well in Manny Diaz’s defense. Steed missed most of his junior year with a shoulder injury, and recently had knee surgery to repair a torn ACL on December 2nd. Steed is on track to graduate early and enroll at Miami in January, where he will continue his ACL rehab before hitting the field with the Canes in the future.
3-star LB Bradley Jennings Jr. You guessed it: another early enrollee. This FSU legacy is a productive linebacker with good size. He may need some time to develop at the collegiate level, but Jennings Jr. should become a player here in time. He will graduate early and enroll at Miami in January. He is solidly committed to Miami.
4-star ATH Christopher Henderson Jr. A one-time Miami commit, Henderson decommitted from Miami on October 3rd. Since then (and before), this recruitment has seemed to be all UF....until this visit popped up on the radar earlier this week. With this being the last weekend to visit before the Dead Period starts on Sunday, Henderson choosing to come to Miami for an OV now with all the EE candidates in this class is interesting. Miami has maintained contact with Henderson even after his decommitment, with the hopes of getting the 6’1” speedster back in this class. While listed as an ATH currently, Henderson profiles best as a CB at the college level. With some time to develop technique there, he could be a very nice player at that position. Henderson’s HS — Miami Columbus — doesn’t allow early enrollees. He will make his choice in January before signing on National Signing Day.
While I could go into more recruiting developments, I’m sure you want to talk about these visits, including getting 5-star WR Jerry Jeudy on campus this weekend. So, hop in the comments and have at it.
LCC, this is your time to shine, bro!