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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: 247Sports Top247 Rankings Update

12 Hurricane pledges make their way into the latest Top247 national ranking.

Mark Pope leads the way for Storm18 in the most recent Top247.

To be clear, this article is in reference to 247Sports’ own site rankings, the Top247, NOT the 247Composite, in which all 4 major recruiting sites rankings are taken into account and combined together.

The newest 247Sports Top247 rankings were released yesterday and boy, were there some changes. 12 of the 19 total Miami Hurricanes commits in Storm18 made their way into the rankings in this update, up from 11 in the previous update. Additionally, Delone Scaife and Nesta Silvera soared into the rankings after getting well-deserved bumps and earning their 4th star.

However, 9 of the 12 Canes in the ranking lost ground and Daquris Wiggins fell out of the rankings altogether for the first time in this recruiting cycle. Also, this most current version of the Top247 saw Lorenzo Lingard lose his 5th star (however, he still retains it in the 247Composite).

Below you can find a handy little chart of all the changes, up and down, of Miami guys within the newest Top247.

Top247 Postseason Rankings Update

Player New Rank Old Rank Change
Player New Rank Old Rank Change
Mark Pope 30 28 -2
Lorenzo Lingard 34 32 -2
Josh Jobe 47 43 -4
Brevin Jordan 105 147 42
Jarren Williams 110 151 41
Al Blades Jr. 149 109 -40
Gurvan Hall 177 158 -19
Nesta Silvera 184 243 59
DJ Ivey 204 NR N/A
Gilbert Frierson 222 195 -27
Brian Hightower 230 136 -94
Delone Scaife 245 227 -15
Cleveland Reed NR 229 N/A

Biggest Riser: OG Delone Scaife (+293)

Scaife’s stock has really ascended the past few months, and that is reflected in his whopping 293 spot bump up. The big man has dominated multiple camps against elite competition during the spring and summer, even winning Offensive Line MVP at the Rivals 5-Star Challenge and holding his own at The Opening. Scaife has eased concerns about his lack of height and short arms by showing a nasty mean streak at the point of attack and light feet for a prospect of his size. He could arguably be even higher than his current rank of #227 and if he continues to take off bad weight, he could be due for another ranking increase in the future.

Biggest Tumbler: OG Cleveland Reed (-75)

Anytime a prospect of Reed’s size undergoes knee surgery, there will be cause for concern, and unfortunately Reed’s ranking paid the price in dropping 75 spots to #229. But even with the injury, he is still in the Top247, showing just how highly thought of he is in the industry. Reed hasn’t lost the size and power that made him a sought after prospect, he just has to show he is healthy in game situations during his senior season to regain some of his lost ground.

Most Surprising: WR Mark Pope (-8)

Pope absolutely crushed it at The Opening, and sitting only a few spots away from 5-star status at #20, many expected him to get his 5th star when the newest rankings were released. So it was shocking to not only see him miss out on an extra star, but to fall 8 spots in the process. The fall can most likely be attributed more to other prospects moving up than anything Pope did or didn’t do, but it was still unexpected to say the least. It really makes you question whether it is Pope’s slight build at 6’1 170 pounds that has the 247Sports staff holding back on his ranking, because it can’t be justified by anything they’ve seen on the field from him. It seems Pope will really have to ball in his senior year to achieve that coveted 5-star status.