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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: Numbers and Needs after the Early Signing Period

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Miami has plenty of holes to fill and work to do on the recruiting trail for 2019.

State of the U Illustration by Mike Meredith

The Miami Hurricanes signed the majority of their 2019 commits during the Early Signing Period last week. 13 players signed their NLIs with the Canes, with 2 players — DE Cameron Williams and P Louis Hedley — not having done so.

There was a report that Williams signed on 12/20, the last day of the early signing period, but no announcement was made by Miami Athletics. So, who knows. P Louis Hedley is waiting until February per a report, but he’s locked in.

Numbers

As previously stated, Miami signed 13 players in the Early Signing Period. Here are the numbers:

Miami Hurricanes Early Signees 2019

QB RB WR TE OL DE DT LB CB S
QB RB WR TE OL DE DT LB CB S
0 0 1 1 3 1+ 3 2 1 1

Now, when you compare those numbers to the scholarship needs I’ve been working off of throughout this cycle, you can see where additional players are needed:

Miami Hurricanes 2019 Class Numbers (updated 11/26)

QB RB WR TE OL DE DT LB CB S Best Available
QB RB WR TE OL DE DT LB CB S Best Available
1 1 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 (Any extra spots not filled)

Miami is not Clemson; a carefully selected 16-member recruiting class is not going to cut it. Miami needs a full class, a 25+ member class, and needs substantial talent to round it out and help balance the roster.

On the first day of the Early Signing Period, Miami Hurricanes coaches detailed the needs going forward for the Canes. From a numbers perspective, this is what was said:

Ignoring the Jarren Williams thing, which has been refuted by multiple reports, Miami is looking for 4 additional offensive recruits in this class. Got it. Noted.

What about defense? Anything there?

Oh, okay then. A total number of 7 (I believe another journalist put the number at 8) with a position breakdown of where those numbers would fit. Good. Good.

So, Miami is looking for another 11-12 players in the 2019 recruiting class. That’s a big number, and with an overwhelming marjority of top-tier players — some analysts have said nearly 80% of recruits sign during the Early Signing Period — finding 1. interested and 2. MIAMI CALIBER players to fill those spots will be a challenge. But, that’s what they coaches get paid for, so tough or not, that’s the job ahead of them.

Needs

If you combine the first 2 charts, here’s what Miami needs to fill out their 2019 class appropriately:

Miami Hurricanes Remaining Needs 2019

QB RB WR TE OL DE DT LB CB S
QB RB WR TE OL DE DT LB CB S
1 2 2 1 0+ 2 0 1 2 1

Since it’s Christmas, let’s leave things there.

We’ll look at the names who could fill each position’s need tomorrow.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

Go Canes