In South Florida, the 2018 class is absolutely loaded at defensive back. It just happens to be one of the Hurricanes’ biggest needs going forward. In all honesty they could probably use some of these 2018 commits for next season.
Miami’s secondary depth is a major concern heading into spring. It’s to the point where Miami could very well be starting a freshman or two when the 2017 season kicks off.
Miami’s 2018 class currently has five or six defensive back commits, depending on what side of the ball you think 3-star Jalen Patterson plays on at the next level. As it is still early in the recruiting process, there are reasons to believe that two or three of the current commits will not be signing with Miami come February 2018.
Regardless, let’s take a look at Miami’s commits and targets. This will be a series of articles until each commit/target is covered.
- Josh Jobe out of Columbus High School is considered as one of the best recruits in South Florida. At this point, the 4-star seems solid to Miami, but things could change if and when he leaves the state for his senior year. A positive for the ‘Canes is that his former teammate CB Trajan Bandy signed with Miami earlier this month. Alabama made a push for him, but the ‘Canes were able to fend them off to this point.
- Located near Miami’s campus is 4-star DB Gilbert Frierson out of Coral Gables High. He’s another highly sought after recruit, and he’s been extremely solid to the ‘Canes since committing. He’s athletic enough to play any position in the secondary, which makes him a valuable asset to the class.
- Cornerback Tyson Campbell is another 4-star that Miami is going after hard. The American Heritage product has a relationship with the Hurricanes’ cornerback’s coach Mike Rumph that goes back years. Clemson seems to be Miami toughest competition for him at the moment, but it helps that the ‘Canes already have his teammate defensive tackle Nesta Silvera committed.
- South Dade cornerback D.J. Ivey could jump up the rankings throughout his senior year. The Miami commit suffered an injury in his junior year, but could elevate himself to a 4-star by the time these rankings are done. A solid Miami commit since last summer, he brings size to the position.