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Recruiting Radar: Final Class Breakdown

The final installment of the Class Breakdown for the 2017 cycle. Here’s the list, and some rankings

4-star OL Kai-Leon Herbert (American Heritage) is one of the best players in Miami’s 2017 recruiting class

National Signing Day is upon us, so here’s the final version the Class Breakdown, our monthly look at the Canes’ 2017 recruiting class. We look at the commits at each position, the outlook for recruiting that position, and recap any movement in the class or targets that have previously been mentioned.

Just as a reminder as to what numbers I'm projecting in this class, here's the chart that I've been using:

And, since the players have either signed or enrolled, I’ve linked my Recruit Notebook for each of them on their names. No more 247 profiles, our original analysis and commentary. For each and every player.

Yeah. I was workin’ for NSD

Anyway, here’s the breakdown:


Need: 1+

Committed: 2

Top target N’Kosi Perry and Early Enrollee Cade Weldon both have talent. Perry is the QB of the future, and Weldon is smooth, but may be close to his ceiling due to advanced coaching.

Running Back

Need: 2+

Committed: 1

Early Enrollee Robert Burns looks to leave his injury issues in HS and show he’s still the elite athlete he showed flashes of as a HS sophomore.

After months of being silently committed, RB Anthony McFarland elected to sign with Maryland at the last minute.

Miami may look to a 1 year grad transfer, such as Tyshon Dye from Clemson, to add depth to the RB position for 2017, while still saving the scholarship slot for 2018.

Wide Receiver

Need: 4+

Committed: 4

Miami had Evidence Njoku in this class for nearly the whole cycle. The Canes closed with 4-star WRs Mike Harley and Jeff Thomas on National Signing day, adding elite playmaking and SPEED to the roster.

ATH DeeJay Dallas, an Early Enrollee, will start out on offense at WR per Mark Richt at today’s recap presser.

Miami may look to grad transfers like Notre Dame’s Corey Holmes for additional depth at this position.

Tight End

Need: 0

Committed: 1

Early Enrollee 3-star Brian Polendey is the only player at this position. He was committed solidly throughout the cycle.

Offensive Line

Need: 4+

Committed: 5

Miami absolutely nailed their recruiting on the offensive line, adding 4-stars Navaughn Donaldson, an early enrollee, and Kai-Leon Herbert to go along with 3-stars Corey Gaynor, Zalon’tae Hillery, and Zach Dykstra, also an early enrollee.

Miami needed both depth and talent, and that’s what they got. Donaldson, Herbert, and Hillery can all play tackle, something which the Canes’ roster desperately needs, Gaynor is a mean, nasty interior lineman, and Dykstra is one of the most talented OL from Iowa this cycle.

This 5 man group is an absolute homerun for Miami.

Defensive Line

Need: 4

Committed: 3

Miami added 4-star Defensive Ends D.J. Johnson and Jonathan Garvin, another early enrollee, and 3-star DT Jonathan Ford along the DL. This is an elite 3 man group, and all these players should grow into top tier players at Miami.


Need: 2

Committed: 3

Early enrollees Bradley Jennings Jr. and Waynmon Steed add versatility and depth. De’Andre Wilder is a hybrid OLB/DE edge rusher type who is an explosive athlete and specializes at getting to the QB.

Defensive Back

Need: 5

Committed: 4

Miami added depth and talent yet again. CBs Trajan Bandy and JUCO product Jhavonte Dean will both play early. Safeties Amari Carter, an early enrollee, and Derrick Smith provide physical play and good skill.

Bandy and Dean will see heavy action all year long. And Carter has been mentioned as a potential starter at S.

Though he will start out on offense at WR, ATH DeeJay Dallas could be in the mix at DB down the line if things don’t work out on offense.

Miami still needs some talent at depth at DB, but that may have to wait until 2018.

Special Teams

Need: 0

Committed: 1

Legacy P Zach Feagles will follow his father Jeff’s footsteps to Miami and battle to replace the now-graduated Justin Vogel as Miami’s punter.

That’s it for the 2017 editions of the Class Breakdown.

24 players in this class. And many of them will play major roles for Miami in the coming years.

Welcome to the team, and let’s get to work.

Go Canes