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Evaluating Five Star Players at Miami

Evaluating how Miami’s most recent 5-star players have performed at Miami

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The Hurricanes have had plenty of highly touted high school players come through Greentree, but only a select few came in with a 5-star rating. Let’s take a look at how they panned out.


DE Chad Thomas

Thomas did not see much success in his first two seasons at Miami, but he emerged as a defensive stopper during his junior campaign. He came into last season with a total of 25 tackles, this season alone, he has 37 tackles. The Miami native made huge improvements like most of his defensive teammates.


RB Duke Johnson

After starring at Miami for three seasons, Johnson was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. While at Miami, he became the Hurricanes’ all-time leading rusher, surpassing names like Edgerrin James and Clinton Portis.

CB Tracy Howard

Howard had his moments during his four year ‘Cane career, but he never developed into the lockdown cornerback people hoped he would be. His entire time at Miami was spent playing under the now infamous former defensive coordinator Mark D’Onfrio. In Howard’s defense, most players during that era underachieved. After not being drafted, he signed with the Cleveland Browns and started three games as a rookie.

Next in line?

2018 RB Lorenzo Lingard announced his commitment to Miami yesterday. He is considered one of the best players in the country regardless of position. He fills a huge need for Miami, as current star running back Mark Walton could decide to enter the NFL Draft after next season. If Lingard does stick with his commitment, he should have ample opportunities to add to Miami’s rich history of star running backs.