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Recruiting Radar: Miami Hurricanes recruits in the Under Armour All-American Game

Several Canes commits and targets will be playing in this elite talent showcase.

4-star OT Navaughn Donaldson (Miami Central) is one of several Miami commits and targets playing in the Under Armour All-American Game

There are 2 major High School Football All-Star Games: the Army All-American Game, and the Under Armour All-American Game. Top players from around the country go to San Antonio and Orlando, respectively, to showcase their talents and compete against other top players.

On Friday, the rosters for the Under Armour All-American Game were announced. A bit of background on the pedigree of players who have participated in this game, from the Under Armour Roster Announcement press release:

Since 2008, the Under Armour All-America Game has featured the nation’s top high school seniors. NFL Pro Bowlers like Julio Jones and A.J. Green competed in the inaugural game, while No. 1 overall NFL Draft selections Jadeveon Clowney and Jameis Winston are among the players that participated in later years. Current college standouts who participated in the Under Armour All-America Game include: Leonard Fournette (LSU), Dalvin Cook (FSU), Deshaun Watson (Clemson), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) and Myles Garrett (Texas A&M).

The tenth annual Under Armour All-America High School Football Game presented by American Family Insurance is set for Sunday, Jan. 1, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. and will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Here are the Canes commits and targets who will be participating in this year’s game:

Team Armour

Miami Commits

4-star OT Navaughn Donaldson. Miami (FL) Central OL has been committed to Miami since July 2015. FSU and UF have tried to make a run at flipping him, but all indications are that he will stick with Miami and enroll at The U the week after the UAAAG.

3-star RB Robert Burns. Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep RB has struggled with injuries over the last 2 years, but when healthy, he’s an elite talent. Many teams have fallen off of recruiting him and he’s seen his recruiting ranking drop (from 4-star to 3-star), but if he can stay on the field, he can be elite. He, like Donaldson, will enroll at Miami the week after the UAAAG.

3-star P Zach Feagles. A Miami legacy, Feagles is one of the best punters in this class. While he starred at FB for his Ridgewood (NJ) Maroons, he will exclusively play special teams in college. Feagles is 100% solid to Miami.

4-star DE DJ Johnson. The player with the most reported offers in the 2017 recruiting class, this Sacramento (CA) Luther Burbank star claims bids from 100 FBS teams. Johnson has visited Washington and USC, but after those visits, Johnson has maintained — emphatically so — that he is 100% solid to Miami.

Miami Targets

5-star WR Jerry Jeudy. This Alabama commit is among the biggest targets for Miami in 2017. This Deerfield Beach (FL) WR took an official visit to Coral Gables on the last weekend before the Dead Period. Jeudy will enroll early at his selected school, and Miami is making a push for that school to be theirs instead of the one in Tuscaloosa. Nevermind. Jeudy is sticking with Alabama.

4-star ATH Christopher Henderson. This one-time Miami commit is still a high target for the Canes. This Miami (FL) Columbus player is being chased by Miami, Florida, and Alabama. He joined Jeudy — and others — in visiting Miami on the last weekend before the December dead period, and will make his choice shortly before NSD.

4-star OL Kai-Leon Herbert. This Ft. Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage product is one of the best OTs in America. And, with a need at that position, Miami is working tirelessly to flip Herbert from Michigan to stay in South Florida. Herbert, who is also being pursued by Florida, could potentially visit Coral Gables in January.

Team Highlight

Canes commits


Canes Targets

4-star RB Anthony McFarland. This Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic player is Miami’s top target at RB in this class. The Canes would like to pair him with Robert Burns in their 2 RB class. McFarland’s recruitment at current seems to be a Miami-Maryland battle, with Miami holding the upper hand. While he had previously intended to commit to a school at the UAAAG, McFarland will now wait until later in January, closer to National Signing Day to make his choice.

4-star DT Phidarian Mathis. This Monroe (LA) Neville star is a player Miami has contacted recently in recruiting. Mathis’ recruitment looks like an LSU-Bama battle, with Miami on the outside.

Who’s going to show out? You’ll see on January 1st on ESPN.

Go Canes