Welcome back to the Class Breakdown. No, I didn't post one in June, but the last one was on May 31st, so it's not that big of a loss. And, I wanted to wait until there was more movement in the target and commit group before putting out a new one. Lucky for us, there has been sufficient movement in a number of areas, so we're back for July breaking down this class.
Just as a reminder as to what numbers I'm projecting in this class, here's the chart that I've been using: (note, I edited the numbers along the DL based on reports from multiple outlets)
|Quarterback||Running Back||Wide Receiver||Tight End||Offensive Line|
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle||Linebacker||Cornerback||Safety||Best Available|
|3||1+||2||3||2||(any extra spots not filled)
We'll get more to the numbers (I have one update to the chart, too) later as we look at each position.
So, here we go.
Class Breakdown: 5/31
An early look at where the Canes' 2017 recruiting class stands, and where it might go in the future.
4-star Robert Burns is the commit at Running Back currently. He's a South Florida kid, so that fits the new recruiting paradigm to focus locally before looking Nationally.
Miami is looking to upgrade the level of talent on the roster, it was widely speculated that 3-star Bentavious Thompson was in line to be dropped sooner rather than later by Miami. That finally came to fruition when he decommitted on July 20th, after participating at Paradise Camp, but tweeting (then deleting) his displeasure that Miami coaches didn't "show him love" during that event. Thompson dropping from the class opens up a scholarship spot for a more talented back, of which there are plenty who are interested in Miami.
As far as Burns is concerned, Notre Dame is trying to make a push to flip him from his commitment to Miami. At this point, however, that seems to be a largely one-sided endeavor and Burns is solidly committed.
Leading the target list is 4-star Anthony McFarland. The talented player from powerhouse Dematha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) has said Miami, Maryland, and Alabama lead his recruitment. McFarland was close to committing to Georgia when Mark Richt and Thomas Brown were on staff there. While the pair has moved from Athens to Coral Gables, their connection with McFarland has remained steady, if not increased. McFarland has said he views OC/RB coach Brown "like a brother", and has a great connection with him. All 3 of McFarland's named top schools are in the running, and Miami is in a good place to make a push.
3-star Darrian Felix is an in-state option from North Fort Myers, FL. He's really fast, and really good. And, on top of that, he's stated that Miami is the leader in his recruitment. So, that's a good thing. Oh, and don't let the "3-star" part fool you. Felix is super legit, and could easily get a rating bump in the near future, especially after his strong showing at Nike's The Opening. Oregon is thought to lead Miami for Felix.
5-star Stephen Carr is committed to USC, but visited Miami in the spring and has repeatedly had good things to say about the Canes. He's a California native, so that won't be an easy pull, but there's room to make a move. Carr has repeatedly said he's committed to USC, but evaluating all options equally. It remains unclear whether Carr will return to Coral Gables for an Official Visit during or after his senior season.