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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: 2019 Rivals 250 Initial Release

A few early Cane commits and a hoard of Miami targets make Rivals’ first 2019 ranking.

Miami commit WR Brieon Fuller lands at #113 in the 2019 Rivals 250.
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Signing Day, February 2019.

It’s about a year and a half away, but as we know: recruiting never sleeps.

In an industry that is constantly changing one day to the next, it can sometimes seem counterproductive to make such a fuss about what kids say or where they are ranked on one day in particular, especially when discussing a class that is 2 years from actual on-field impact.

Nevertheless, there is also another truth about the recruiting industry: kids are getting attention and offers earlier and earlier nowadays due to a combination of the internet and increased camp settings generating greater exposure. Bonds between a staff and a prospect are formed so much quicker and with that accelerated exposure comes advanced commitments, and therefore, a demand for coverage.

In reaction to these modified times, the recruiting sites are releasing their rankings for juniors sooner than ever. Last week, Rivals released their initial Rivals 250 for the Class of 2019, of whom are about to begin their junior seasons, and of course the Miami Hurricanes were well represented.

Of their 5 early Surge19 commitments, 2 made Rivals’ cut for the top 250 players in the nation, as did a host of 15 other prime Miami targets mainly from the South Florida area.

Below you can find a handy little chart of all the guys of Miami interest within the initial 2019 Rivals 250.

2019 Rivals250 - Miami Commits

Player New Ranking Old Ranking Change
Player New Ranking Old Ranking Change
WR Brieon Fuller 121 113 -8

2019 Rivals250 - Miami Targets

Player New Ranking Old Ranking Change
Player New Ranking Old Ranking Change
LB Owen Pappoe 15 19 4
ATH Mark-Antony Richards 22 125 103
ATH Jashawn Sheffield 37 20 -17
CB Joshua Sanguinetti 42 47 5
RB Noah Cain 51 17 -34
OG Evan Neal 56 50 -6
OT Will Putnam 74 64 -10
S Tyler Scott 93 87 -6
TE Keon Zipperer 100 97 -3
OT Dontae Lucas 129 115 -14
RB Nayquan Wright 131 33 -98
LB Anthony Solomon 132 118 -14
ATH Kenny McIntosh 133 49 -84
DE Braylen Ingraham 148 153 5
DE Khris Bogle 153 169 16
WR Frank Ladson 154 146 -8
WR Jeremiah Payton 156 148 -8
WR Blake Hinson 177 168 -9
OT Mark Fox 183 182 -1
CB Johnny Dixon 199 199 0
ATH Tyrique Stevenson 213 206 -7
RB Cesare Mellusi 223 178 -45
CB Kaiir Elam 245 NR N/A
OT Michael Tarquin NR 248 N/A


  • In terms of the commitments, no surprises there. Both DE/DT Derick Hunter and WR Brieon Fuller are elite-level talents with offers from all over the country. Hunter is locked in with Miami and has already been doing a bit of recruiting for the Canes, while Fuller was actually a bit of an bizarre story as a rare commit/decommit/recommit within a 12-hour span; however, for the time being, he seems to be solid.

  • RB Noah Cain is the top overall target on the board for Miami, and he checks in at #17 overall in the nation. Cain is a transplant from Texas that has made his way to IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL to finish his high school career. Having Cain substantially closer to Miami definitely won’t hurt the Canes’ chances in securing his commitment, and he’s already planning to come to a Hurricanes game with his new QB: 2018 Hurricane commit Artur Sitkowski. Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, and Texas are also heavily involved here.

  • Perhaps my favorite tidbit to come out of the new 2019 Rivals 250? That the Canes have 3 legacies on the target list that are extremely high on Miami: ATH’s Kenny McIntosh and Mark-Antony Richards, plus DE George Karlaftis. Karlaftis’ father was a track athlete at UM that walked onto the football team in the 90’s, while McIntosh’s and Richards’ names should be familiar to any novice Canes fan: their older brothers, RJ and Ahmmon, respectively, currently star for Mark Richt on the 2017 Hurricanes.