An elite player at 6’4” 170lbs, Ladson was Miami’s top target at WR to pair with Neptune Beach (FL) Duncan U. Fletcher 4-star Jeremiah Payton in the 2019 recruiting class. That, obviously, won’t happen now following today’s commitment.
It had been reported numerous times over the course of recent weeks and months that Clemson stood out as Ladson’s leader for their willingness to play freshmen, and their recent track record of putting players in the NFL, particularly at Wide Receiver. Miami tried to counteract the relationship being built between Ladson and Clemson by getting the standout WR on campus a few times in recent weeks, but that wasn’t enough to overcome Clemson’s recruiting lead and sway him to Miami.
While Ladson’s commitment to Clemson is a miss, it shouldn’t derail Miami’s recruiting class. The Canes have other options available at WR, and could change paradigm back to taking 3 WR in this class instead of 2 — which they would have done if Ladson were the 2nd player in that group.
As I noted in yesterday’s Class Breakdown, 4-stars Ramel Keyton (Marietta, GA) and Kendrell Scurry (Thompson’s Station, TN) both have offers and have Miami in their working top groups at the current time. Additionally, Andrew Ivins of 247sports reported this morning that Miami has contacted 5-star Georgia commit Jadon Haselwood (Ellenwood, GA) and the player has himself mentioned in other interviews that Miami is a team he’s “looking at”. No, I’m NOT saying Miami is going to flip the #1 WR in America, I’m just saying that Haselwood himself has mentioned the Canes as a team on his radar. So, that’s better than nothing.
Obviously, I would prefer it if Ladson, a standout player from a school that’s a 20 minute drive (with good traffic) from Miami’s Coral Gables campus, had picked Miami instead of Clemson. But, even with him making the long-rumored move to commit to his long-time leading school, Clemson, Miami should be able to get high caliber player(s) to join the 2019 recruiting class at WR.
I wish Frank Ladson the best in his future endeavors, and look forward to facing off against him in the ACC Championship Game for years to come.
More on Miami Hurricanes Recruiting in the coming days.