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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: ESPN 300 Rankings Update

Thirteen baby Canes make it into the most recent ESPN 300.

Brevin Jordan (left) ranks as the #1 TE in the nation in the new ESPN 300.
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Its been a huge week in the recruiting industry. A few days after 247Sports released their new Top247 rankings, ESPN followed suit and dropped their most recent ESPN 300 update.

The boys at ESPN showed the Canes some love, with 13 of the 19 members of Storm18 making the cut, no more and no less from the last update. However, as with any fresh ranking, there was plenty of movement within the ESPN 300. 6 of the Hurricane commits in the ranking moved up, and 7 of the pledges moved down; nothing special, but a much better offering than what the updated Top247 gave us earlier this week.

Below you can find a handy little chart of all the changes, up and down, of Miami guys within the newest ESPN 300.

ESPN 300 Rankings Update

Player New Rank Old Rank Change
Player New Rank Old Rank Change
Brevin Jordan 32 49 17
Al Blades Jr. 45 81 36
Lorenzo Lingard 59 20 -39
Nesta Silvera 105 285 180
Artur Sitkowski 109 53 -56
Josh Jobe 114 47 -67
Brian Hightower 118 114 -4
Gurvan Hall 139 172 33
Cleveland Reed 143 249 106
Camron Davis 164 185 21
Gilbert Frierson 183 58 -125
Will Mallory 185 148 -37
Mark Pope 219 175 -44

Here’s what rattling around in my head in lieu of ESPN’s new update:

  • According to ESPN, TE Brevin Jordan is the #1 TE in the country after really impressing at The Opening last week and I’d agree with that assessment. He led all TE’s in receptions during the 7-on-7 portion of the event, and showed some serious speed for a 6’3 250 pound man-child.

  • WR Mark Pope continues to get no love from the industry in the new updates, even after his top-notch performance at The Opening. Not only was he already criminally underrated by ESPN at #175, but he actually slid 44 spots to #219 in the new ESPN 300. WOW. (247Sports also dropped him earlier this week, albeit only slightly). Are these guys watching the same player I am? And although he didn’t quite make the same impact at The Opening as Pope, ditto for RB Lorenzo Lingard, who dropped out of the top 50.

  • Interestingly, OG Cleveland Reed moved up despite his knee injury. ESPN must have seen something they liked out of him earlier in the spring beforehand.

  • DT Nesta Silvera was the biggest mover overall, getting a 180 spot jump up, and it was well-deserved. He was another Hurricane that did well against some outstanding competition at The Opening and finished in the Top 5 of the Lineman Challenge in Oregon. But in reality, he has been killing the camp circuit all spring and summer. Silvera’s put any questions about him being a shorter DT to bed. He uses his stockier stature to his advantage by gaining extremely good leverage on his opponent and aggressively out-muscling them.

  • CB/S Gilbert Frierson took the biggest hit, falling 125 spots. Personally, I like Frierson as a player. Physically, he has everything you want in a DB. He’s long, versatile, can get vertical, and breaks on the football well; I think he’ll do great at Miami. However, Frierson’s fundamentals sometimes betray him and his technique needs refining. He also looks more like a safety that wants to play corner, which is his preference. At this stage, he deserves to be in the top 150 or so range and at #183 he’s not far off that.

  • Although OG Delone Scaife has really been making noise in recruiting circles for his dominating camp performances, he still continues to get the shaft from ESPN. Scaife is nowhere to be found in the newest ESPN 300 and still carries a 3-star ranking. No respect, no respect at all.