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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: Paradise Camp 2017 preview

Setting the landscape for Paradise Camp

Paradise Camp is back

Hello again, ‘Crootin fans! We’re back, and it’s time to talk about Miami’s premier recruiting event:

Paradise Camp 2017

Throughout the last week, Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Mark Richt has announced a cavalcade of Canes legends who will return to campus and coach at this elite recruiting event. You can see the whole list in the link below:

Now, the main key component to any recruiting event is the collection of recruits who will be in attendance and participating. We’ll get there in a minute, I promise, but here’s a general overview of the events of the weekend:

Friday - Underclassmen day (class of 2020 and 2021); can be invited back to compete with the Upperclassmen on Saturday (several players had this happen last year, like DE/LB Jeremy Passmore and others)

Saturday - Main event. Invite only. This is where the above-mentioned group of UM legends will be seen and make their mark. There will be elite competition (last year several 5-star recruits said the talent at Paradise Camp was better than at Nike’s The Opening). Basically, if you’re looking for a recruiting event to attend, this is it.

This is last year’s Paradise Camp preview, with full itineraries for both days. I anticipate that this year’s schedule of events will be very similar if not the same.

With construction on the Carol Soffer Football Practice Facility ongoing on the Greentree Practice fields, Paradise Camp will take place on the Intramural Fields in front of Stanford Residential College (where I lived when I went to The U) on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

Now that I’ve said all that to lay the landscape of this weekend’s events, let’s get to talking about the players who will be in attendance. There will probably be a couple late surprises who show up.
*list of attendees per 24/7, Rivals, Scout, and CanesInSight reports

Class of 2018 Attendees

Position Name Height/Weight School Commitment (if any)
Position Name Height/Weight School Commitment (if any)
QB Artur Sitkowski 6'5" 215lbs IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Miami
RB Lorenzo Lingard 6'0" 190lbs University (Orange City, FL) Miami
RB Camron Davis 5'9" 190lbs Carol City (FL) Miami
WR Mark Pope 6'1" 175lbs Southridge (Miami, FL) Miami
WR Daquris Wiggins 6'2" 180lbs Southridge (Miami, FL) Miami
WR Brian Hightower 6'3" 202lbs IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Miami
WR Tyquan Thornton 6'3" 165lbs Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL)
WR Elijah Moore 5'10" 170lbs St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
TE Will Mallory 6'5" 207lbs Providence (Jacksonville, FL) Miami
OL Cleveland Reed 6'3" 327lbs Fort Meade (FL) Miami
OL John Campbell 6'5" 284lbs Dr. Phillips (Orlando, FL) Miami
OL Delone Scaife 6'3" 305lbs Southridge (Miami, FL) Miami
DE Gregory Rousseau 6'6" 222lbs Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, FL) Miami
DE Kayode Oladele 6'4" 235lbs Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, FL)
DE Jordan Domineck 6'2" 210lbs George W. Jenkins (Lakeland, FL)
DT Nesta Silvera 6'2" 302lbs American Heritage (Plantation, FL) Miami
LB Donovan Georges 6'0" 237lbs Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, FL)
DB Josh Jobe 6'1" 180lbs Cheshire Academy (CT) Miami
DB Gurvan Hall 5'11" 173lbs Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Miami
DB Al Blades Jr 6'0" 170lbs St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Miami
DB Nigel Bethel 5'11" 160lbs Northwestern (Miami, FL)
DB JohnHuggins 6'2" 200lbs Mainland (Daytona Beach, FL)
DB Jamari Brown 6'3" 180lbs Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, FL)

Of the 2016 attendee list, there are 15 players currently committed to Miami. Of those committed players, 5-star RB Lorenzo Lingard is the vocal leader, and expect him to be recruiting the uncommitted or otherwise committed guys very, very hard throughout this weekend.

To my mind, the top targets of the non-Canes commits on the above list are:

  • DE Kayode Oladele - former FSU commit with a world of potential that he’s yet to unlock. Nigerian native is new to football. Think “defensive David Njoku”
  • WRs Tyquan Thornton and Elijah Moore - both have talent and are nearly uncoverable in 7v7 and 1v1 scenarios. Thornton has an offer and Moore will compete to try to get one. Performance in pads will likely be more telling for both these players.
  • CB Nigel Bethel - A player with speed and developing skill who has seen his profile rise recently.

And while that list is impressive, there will be additional depth and talent in the form of underclassmen who will be attending Paradise Camp as well.

Underclassmen attendees

Year Position Name Height/Weight School Commitment (if any)
Year Position Name Height/Weight School Commitment (if any)
2020 QB Caziah Holmes 6'0" 175lbs Cocoa (FL)
2019 RB Keshawn King 5'11" 180lbs Oakleaf (Orange Park, FL)
2020 RB Don Chaney Jr 5'11" 175lbs Belen Jesuit (Miami, FL)
2019 WR Jashawn Sheffield 6'2" 175lbs Frederica Academy (Saint Simons Island, GA)
2020 WR Leonard Manuel 6'4" 205lbs Vanguard (Ocala, FL)
2020 WR Deajuan McDougle 5'10" 175lbs Deerfield Beach (FL)
2020 WR Aydin Henningham 6'1" 200lbs Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL)
2019 OL Dontae Lucas 6'3" 323lbs Miami Senior (Miami, FL)
2019 OL Michael Tarquin 6'5" 290lbs Belleview (FL)
2019 OL Kingsley Eguakun 6'1" 293lbs Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville, FL)
2019 OL Brandon Cunningham 6'5" 270lbs Ocean Springs (MS)
2019 OL William Putnam 6'4" 280lbs H.B. Plant (Tampa, FL)
2020 OL Jalen Rivers 6'5" 327lbs Oakleaf (Orange Park, FL)
2020 OL Miller Lewis 6'3" 298lbs Vanguard (Ocala, FL)
2019 DE George Karlaftis 6'3" 253lbs West Lafayette (Lafayette, IN)
2019 DE Jeramy Passmore 6'2" 215lbs Columbus (Miami, FL)
2020 DE Chantz Williams 6'4" 212lbs Oakleaf (Orange Park, FL)
2019 LB Diamante Howard 6'2" 178lbs Southridge (Miami, FL) Miami
2019 LB Jesiah Pierre 6'2" 220lbs Christian Home and Bible (Mt. Dora, FL) Miami
2019 LB Samuel Brooks 6'1" 197lbs Northwestern (Miami, FL)
2019 LB Ge'mon Eaford 6'2" 215lbs Deerfield Beach (FL)
2019 LB Jahmar Brown 6'1" 190lbs St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
2019 DB Akeem Dent 6'1" 170lbs Palm Beach Central (West Palm Beach, FL)
2019 DB Josh Sanguinetti 6'2" 165lbs University School (Davie, FL)
2019 DB Kaiir Elam 6'0" 177lbs The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, FL)
2019 DB Jaylin Simpson 5'11" 165lbs Frederica Academy (Saint Simons Island, GA)
2019 ATH Marcus Crowley 6'0" 165lbs Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)
2021 ATH Dedrick Smith 6'2" 150lbs Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)

There is a TON of talent in that underclassmen list. Diamante Howard and Jesiah Pierre are 2 Canes commits with plenty of talent. Akeem Dent is a former Canes commit who is the thought to be the best CB in his class. Keshawn King and Don Chaney Jr. are explosive RBs. Dontae Lucas, Michael Tarquin and the rest of the OL talent figures to be highly sought after. Josh Sanquinetti, Jashawn Sheffield and Jaylin Simpson offer top tier talent at skill positions.

The lists of talent, both senior and underclassmen, are loaded with talent. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I can nearly guarantee that there are other players who are going to come to Paradise Camp who are keeping things quiet until they pop up in Coral Gables this weekend.

Nearly every 2018 commit attended Paradise Camp as an underclassman, so there has already been tangible results seen from this event.

Paradise Camp is a premium recruiting even, hosted at a premium location, coached by a premium coaching staff, and assisted by legends in the game of football. It, literally, doesn’t get any better than this.

We’ll have plenty of reaction, opinion, and commentary in the days following Paradise.

For now, hop in the comments to talk with other Canes fans, and vote in the poll.

Go Canes


Standard visit week/camp event question: Over/Under 0.5: How many new commitments will Miami get at Paradise?

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