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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: Rivals250 Postseason Update

11 members of Storm18 make their way into the latest Rivals250 national ranking.

Lorenzo Lingard remains Miami’s highest ranked recruit.
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The football season is over, and now is the time for the recruiting sites to evaluate senior tapes and release their postseason recruiting rankings.

While the final rankings won’t be released until after the all-star games are concluded in January, the newest edition of the Rivals250 was released today and the Canes did pretty well.

11 Hurricane commits in Storm18 made the cut of the fresh ranking, although that was down from 12 in the last update in August. Within the Rivals250 itself, the majority were minor changes: 9 of 11 UM commits experienced a rise or fall of less than 10 spots. The big movers? That’d be TE Will Mallory and DB Josh Jobe, who made his return to the list.

On the other side of the coin, OT John Campbell’s stock took a hit in falling completely off the rankings, while QB Artur Sitkowski decommitted from UM since the last update (he was dropped from the rankings anyways).

Below you can find a handy little chart of all the changes, up and down, of Miami commits within the newest Rivals250.

Rivals250 Postseason Rankings Update

Player New Rank Old Rank Change
Player New Rank Old Rank Change
Lorenzo Lingard 10 8 -2
Mark Pope 25 26 1
Al Blades Jr. 45 39 -6
Delone Scaife 58 52 -6
Camron Davis 75 66 -9
Brevin Jordan 109 107 -2
Will Mallory 139 250 111
Gurvan Hall 191 183 -8
Josh Jobe 205 NR N/A
Brian Hightower 217 214 -3
Gilbert Frierson 226 219 -7
John Campbell NR 129 N/A

Thoughts

  • Mallory made a huge jump in the eyes of the Rivals team, going from being on the fringe of the Rivals250 to being solidly on the list, getting a 111 spot upgrade to #139. Mallory missed about half his senior season from a concussion suffered at the Opening in July, but returned to put up some monster games. Rivals has been impressed with Mallory’s ability to maintain his speed and athleticism while gaining mass in the process and noted his “combination of length and acceleration makes him a match-up nightmare in the passing game.” Put simply, a guy his size should not be able to move as quick and fluid as Mallory does, and he proved that up close at Paradise Camp.

  • Jobe made his return to the Rivals250 with a solid season at prep school in Connecticut after spending one update off the list. He’s continued to show development physically, grabbing the attention of Rivals analyst Rob Cassidy, who described Jobe as a “physically dominant player with great ball skills and instincts.” While Jobe is progressing nicely as a player, his recruitment is in somewhat of a flux. The Miami native is flirting heavily with Alabama and will be in Tuscaloosa for an official visit the same weekend Miami is planning on having it’s big recruiting weekend, December 15th. Cause for concern? Probably, since the rest of Miami’s 20-man class will be in Coral Gables that weekend and Jobe is also now sending out cryptic tweets hinting at a flip.

  • Campbell took a bit of a tumble, falling off the rankings from #129 overall. Campbell was always a bit raw as a prospect: although he had the tools of an elite edge-blocker, he was lacking in consistency and technique. The holes in his game were exposed a little more during his senior season, but he’s still highly regarded as a 4-star prospect. Campbell won’t be ready to contribute right away for Miami, but he has the highest upside of any of Miami’s O-Line commits and, with some development, could be a mainstay on UM’s blocking unit.

  • Miami target QB Jarren Williams made a massive jump after a huge senior season at Central Gwinnett in Georgia. He threw for 3,015 yards with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions while competing 62 percent of his passes and also ran for 550 yards and another 10 scores. Williams was previously sitting outside the Rivals250, but he’s well into the club now at #106 overall. Remember, Williams makes his decision between Miami and Ohio State via announcement video on Twitter at 3pm tomorrow. Here’s Rivals analyst Chad Simmons on the bump up:

“Not many have progressed the way Williams has over the past year to year and a half. He has really improved as a passer and become much more efficient and consistent.”

  • And, just for reference, former Miami commit Artur Sitkowski fell from #89 to outside the Rivals250. It was a rough year for Sitkowski, who lost his starting job at IMG to an injury/benching, depending on who you believe. Sitkowski is now committed to Rutgers.