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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: Class Breakdown 5/15

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Our latest monthly look at the Miami Hurricanes’ 2019 recruiting class.

Miami continues to make IMG Academy OT Evan Neal their #1 priority on the OL this cycle.
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Wazzup, wazzup, WAZZUP!? Welcome back for another installment of our Miami Hurricanes Class Breakdown.

If you’re new here, the Class Breakdown is our monthly look at the Canes’ recruiting class, with the commits currently in the class, and updates and chatter about those players and others who are on the radar for UM.

REMINDER: recruiting is a fluid construct, and this list is not exhaustive. New names will pop up, and old names will fade away, over the course of this cycle. Which happens every year. And I wanted to remind you of that fact.

And away we go.

Class Numbers

I wrote about this already earlier in the spring and you can read the whole piece here. Those were the numbers I was working off of for this class early, but I need to update a couple of them. Here are the changes:

  • WR - down from 3 to 2 (after taking 7 WRs in the last 2 classes, big numbers aren’t needed this year)
  • OL - up from 3 to 4+ (need bodies and talent to rebuild the unit)
  • LB - up from 3 to 4 (already have 4 committed, should be there or bigger, depending)

Other than those 3 positions, everything else stays the same. So, your new numbers chart after these updates looks like this

Miami Hurricanes 2019 Class Numbers (updated)

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 2 2 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 (Any extra spots not filled)

Now that we’ve looked at the updated numbers, let’s move on to the recruiting picture at each position.

Quarterback

Need: 1

Committed: 0

If you’ve been reading my recruiting posts over the past few years, you know I have a closely held recruiting rule: you have to have a QB in every recruiting class. No excuses; no exceptions.

For the 2019 cycle, Miami seems singularly focused on Eugene (OR) Sheldon 4-star QB Michael Johnson Jr. at QB in this class. So much so, that I wrote about that fact about a week ago:

The 4-star prospect has been a high priority for a long time, with QB coach Jon Richt having traveled cross-country on a weekly basis to see the dual-threat QB during the previous contact period. Yes, Richt flew from Miami to Eugene, OR for 1 day for 5 consecutive weeks just to see Johnson Jr.

It is widely known that Johnson’s father of the same name is on the staff at the University of Oregon (hence why he lives in Eugene). Johnson Sr. has worked in many places between college and the NFL, so it’s not a given that Johnson Jr. will follow him to Eugene — because there’s no guarantee that the dad will be there long term. But, I can’t ignore the fact that as of now, Johnson’s father is a college coach of a team recruiting the kid.

Additionally, Oregon recently received a commitment from their #1 QB target — 3-star Cale Millen (Snoqualmie, WA). And, as Michael Felder of College Sports Now has noted: if Johnson were going to commit to Oregon, that move likely would have been done already. But it hasn’t so..........

Johnson recently released his top 7, which included Miami. The Canes are likely the team in the lead for Johnson, but he has other visits lined up for later this spring. Even still, it’s hard to think that Miami is in any other position that the lead for Johnson.

As I said above in the piece from the tweet, it’s Johnson or nothing at QB. Yes, Miami has other offers out, and people have said there’s “communication” with Leawood (KS) Blue Valley North 4-star Graham Mertz, a Wisconsin commit, but he’s rebuffed Notre Dame, who is openly recruiting him harder than Miami, so that doesn’t bode well for the Canes.

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: Miami needs to close on Michael Johnson Jr. in this class, or the QB spot will be less than Miami quality. Which, as we’ve seen, isn’t really what this program needs.

Others to know: Graham Mertz (Leawood, KS) I guess.

Running Back

Need: 2

Committed: 1

Miami is off to another good start at RB, already having Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian Academy 3-star Marcus Crowley committed in this class. Crowley has already seen his stock rise, and that will be reflected once rankings update in the spring. In any event, the 6’1” 200lb Crowley will be a key player on a State Championship caliber team once again this fall, and is a very good get for Miami in this class.

Even with a player of Crowley’s caliber committed, Miami is looking to bring in 2 RBs in this class, so there’s plenty of work yet to be done.

Leading the list of targets is Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy 5-star Trey Sanders. A former Alabama commit, the 5’11” 215lb Sanders is a top 10 player in this recruiting class. Miami was the first team to contact him after he decommitted from the Tide, and have gotten Sanders to visit multiple times this spring. However, Florida and Florida State both have connections with Sanders as well, and all 3 teams are well ensconced in a tight recruiting battle at current. Georgia and Alabama are also teams hanging around.

Another target is Ft. Lauderdale (FL) University School 4-star Kenny McIntosh. He is the younger brother of former Canes DT RJ McIntosh, and at 6’1 205lbs McIntosh has great size and athleticism for the position. He’s got 21 offers from top teams, but Miami is thought to be way, way in front here. 247sports has reported that McIntosh will make a decision in June or July, and as of today, all signs point to that decision being to make the crib great and commit to Miami.

Miami recently offered Destrehan (LA) 4-star John Emery Jr. A standout player whose speed and playmaking ability are among the best in the country, Emery Jr. was one of a handful of juniors to attend Nike’s The Opening last year. Emery Jr. used his electric athleticism to be one of the best players at that event, and continued to do so during the HSFB season. The 6’0” 194lb Emery Jr is a top-5 RB nationally in this class, with offers from all around the country. It will be a shock if Emery Jr. ends up anywhere other than LSU.

Others like Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy 5-star Noah Cain, Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star Daniel Carter, and Carol City (FL) 4-star Nayquan Wright all have offers, but seem to be further down the list for various reasons. But, of them, Carter seems the most likely option to join this class should McIntosh elect to go elsewhere.

Previously listed Naples (FL) 4-star Chez Mellusi is off the board after committing to Clemson in April.

Wide Receiver

Need: 2

Committed: 1

As stated above, I’ve dropped the number of WR slots in this class from 3 to 2. Miami took 7 WRs in the last 2 years, and the 2020 class is packed with top talent, so due to those facts, Miami can be very selective in the 2019 class at this position.

Miami holds a commitment from Neptune Beach (FL) Duncan U. Fletcher 4-star Jeremiah Payton. At 6’1” 190lbs, Payton has good size and elite playmaking ability on the outside. He’s a top 100 player in this class, and was the top target to commit this spring. Area recruiter Todd Hartley got another good one from Jacksonville for Miami.

Miami has finally offered Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna 4-star John Dunmore. A talented local player, Dunmore was without a Canes offer until May 2nd. For a player of his caliber, that’s fairly late in the process. Now, the Canes are trying to turn up the heat on the 6’2” 177lb playmaker.

It should be noted that, due to the late nature of Miami’s offer, the Canes trail both Florida and Florida State in Dunmore’s recruitment. Miami does hold commitments from several of Dunmore’s teammates at Chaminade, and could lean on peer-level recruiting to make up ground here. It’s good that Dunmore finally got offered, but Miami has a bunch of work to do to get seriously involved here.

Miami was able to get Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove 5-star Jadon Haselwood on campus for an unofficial visit recently. The nation’s #1 WR is committed to Georgia, so temper your expectations/don’t go over board. That being said, Haselwood seemed to enjoy his visit to Coral Gables, as you can see from this tweet:

While it’s nice to get the Nation’s #1 WR on campus, I think that’s a nice story and nothing more at this point. If Haselwood returns to Coral Gables for an official visit further down the line, then things might be heating up. But at this point, it’s a nice story, and shows Miami can get a surface level connection with elite players, but nothing more.

Previously listed Homestead (FL) South Dade 5-star Frank Ladson is off the board after committing to Clemson. Miami is kicking the tires, but Ladson looks to have shut things down.

Other WRs have offers, but none are noteworthy enough to mention at this time. Miami is shooting for high-end talent only at WR this year, and are content to take only 1 WR — the already-committed Payton — instead of reaching for a less-than-elite talent, especially with the group they’ve taken in the last 2 years, and the talent available in 2020, and beyond.

Tight End

Need: 2

Committed: 1

After signing the best TE class in America in 2018, the Canes are off to another fast start in 2019. Already committed is Tampa (FL) Jesuit 3-star Larry Hodges. Hodges is an H-Back type who lacks elite height — he’s only 6’1” — but is fast and athletic and explosive and can impact games in a number of ways. Hodges has shown well on the spring 7v7 circuit, and figures to get a ratings bump in the future.

Even with Hodges committed, however, Miami is not done recruiting at Tight End. Looking to add another player to this group, the Canes have several offers out, and are evaluating players at this position.

The first name to know on the offer/target list is Lakeland (FL) 4-star Keon Zipperer. Once considered a lock to go to Florida, Zipperer has visited Miami a couple of times, and the Canes are trying to make a move to get the 6’2” 240lb playmaker in their class. There is still lots of time left, but this isn’t a firm “no” as many perceived it to be at one time.

Another player Miami has offered at TE is Dickinson (TX) 3-star Jalen Wydermyer. This is more your prototypical TE prospect, standing 6’5” 235lbs. Wydermyer has offers from all over the Southeast, with notable teams such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Texas A&M being on his list. As of now, all signs point to Wydermyer staying in Texas and picking A&M.

If not Zipperer or Wydermyer, Miami could look elsewhere — Concord (CA) De La Salle 4-star Isaiah Foskey already holds an offer, for example — to get TE2 for this class. This will be a key moving forward, as depth and talent are still needed for Miami at TE.

Offensive Line

Need: 4

Committed: 2

Let’s start with the commits: Belleview (FL) 4-star OT Michael Tarquin and Jacksonville (FL) Atlantic Coast 3-star OG Kingsley Eguakun. Eguakun has been committed for several months, while Tarquin just recently committed a couple weeks ago. Both players have good size and skill, and especially in the case of Tarquin, address glaring roster issues for the Canes.

There is another player listed at OT currently — West Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Central’s Renato Brown — but his stated preference according to multiple reports is to play DT at the next level, and Miami is moving forward with him on the DL commit group. Hence, I’m mentioning him here but listing him with the DL. Got it? Good.

But, the work up front is far from done.

Leading the offer list is Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy 5-star OT Evan Neal. A towering hulk of a man, Neal stands 6’8” and is down about 30lbs from his previously-listed (and 100% accurate) 381lbs. Neal can play guard or tackle, and has excelled at both in his time at IMG. A Central Florida native, Neal has visited Miami multiple times over the last year and a half. He’s far and away the #1 target at OT, and the Canes are battling the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, and Oklahoma for his services. But, depending on which reports you believe, Miami is out front (debatable how far) in Neal’s recruitment.

Another OL Target is Tampa (FL) Plant 4-star Will Putnam. A player who can play either Guard or Tackle, the 6’4” 280lb Putnam has good size and pedigree, and plays for one of the best HSFB programs in the State of Florida, one that ha routinely produced top level P5 talent.

With a more pressing need at tackle than guard, Putnam is at the bottom of the wishlist at OL in my opinion. He’s a good take, could probably play tackle if needed, and I’d surely take him in this class and on this team, but given the choice between Putnam and any of the above-listed players, I’m taking the other option first — as long as those “other options” are still on the board.

Miami has also offered other players, like national #1 OT 5-star Darnell Wright (Huntington, WV) but he, and the others with offers, don’t seem to have strong connections to Miami at this time.

Defensive Line

Need: 5

Committed: 3

Miami needs a bigger DL class this year due to a bunch of losses from the roster, and only replacing them with 3 DL in the 2018 recruiting class. But, there needs to be quality with those numbers, and there’s talent available to fill this need.

Already committed to Miami in the 2019 class are Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna 3-star DE Cameron Williams, Doral (FL) Academy 3-star DT Denzel Daxon, and West Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Central 3-star lineman Renato Brown.

Williams is a 6’5” 215lb edge rusher with burst and skill. There is chatter that Williams may be less than solid in his commitment, so that’s something to watch moving forward. Daxon is a stocky DT with a good motor and good size at 6’1” 315lbs. I’ve already discussed Brown, a 6’5” 310lb 2-way lineman in HS whose preference is to play defense in college. Putting him at DT is not some stupid platitude; Brown can be an impact player on that side of the ball for Miami.

With more talent needed, let’s look at the targets.

Defensive Tackles

Leading the list is Largo (FL) 4-star DT Jaquaze Sorrels. An elite player ranked 5th nationally at DT this cycle, Sorrells checks in at 6’3” 270lbs with room to grow. He’s already been impactful and impressive on the HSFB level, and projects to continue that path in college. Sorrells and DE target Khris Bogle (we’ll meet him in a minute) have talked about playing in college together, and I think it would be cool if they did that at Miami. Sorrells holds 21 offers from top P5 teams across the country, so Miami has a battle on their hands in pursuit of this talented player. The Oregon Ducks have mad a big move, and stand as Sorrells’ leaders at the moment.

Next is Apopka (FL) Wekiva 4-star DT Tyler Davis. Another top prospect, Davis holds nearly 30 offers, and figures to get a ratings bump after a dominant spring camp and combine circuit. He’s a bit shorter than you’d like at just 6’0”, but he’s 293lbs and wears it well. Davis is a penetrating DT who disrupts plays on a routine basis. Miami is still trailing Ohio State and Florida in this recruitment at current.

Another option who will grow into a DT is Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star DE Braylen Ingraham. Formerly at Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard HS — the same school that produced current DT Jon Ford — Ingraham is a big player at 6’4” 270lbs. With a very lithe frame, Ingraham could add weight, move inside, and be the next iteration of an RJ McIntosh-type DT for Miami. While Ingraham holds 25 offers, Miami is thought to be the far and away favorite to sign this talented defender.

Another future DT is Ft. Myers (FL) Dunbar 4-star DE Derrick Hunter. A one-time Miami commit, Hunter has been all over the place in his recruitment recently. With 40 offers to his credit, Hunter is one of the more highly recruited players in this class. And, he’s been basking in all that attention, to say the least.

Hunter is earning a reputation as a bit of a head-case with recruiting fans, due to his antics on social media. While that is a fan perspective, it could impact his recruitment down the lien, as has happened with other players. Hunter seemingly has a new leading school every week, with Florida being the flavor du jour. It’s rare you find 6’4” 280lb defenders with the athleticism Hunter showcases and potential he could realize, and those are the things that have Miami, and many others, still connected to Hunter’s recruitment.

Miami is also pursuing a couple of FSU commits who figure to end up at DT in college. Lehigh Acres (FL) Senior 4-star DE Quayshon Fuller and Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage — the sister school of the Nesta Silvera, Pat Surtain Jr, Tyson Campbell American Heritage — 4-star DE Mike Morris are both prospects who will grow into DTs at the next level and have Canes offers. Both have visited Miami in recent weeks, and the Canes seem to really be making headway with Fuller, but nothing is finalized yet.

Defensive End

At the top of the target list at DE is Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons 4-star Khris Bogle. An athletic 6’4” 207lbs, Bogle is one of the premium pass rushers in the 2019 recruiting class. He’s visited Miami multiple times over recent months, and Florida State and Clemson are also chasing after the star player. As stated above, Bogle and DT target Jaquaze Sorrells have said on social meida in the past that they want to play together in college. With Oregon making such a concerted move with Sorrells, however, I think that may be a notion of the past.

Another target at DE is Auburndale (FL) Senior 4-star Lloyd Summerall. A long and lean edge rusher at 6’6” 215lbs, Summerall is exactly what Miami wants at DE. The problem with him being a prototypical DE is that teams all over America want him on their roster, as well. Summerall has visited Miami, and that visit went well. Even still, Florida State are said to be the leaders, with Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Georgia joining Miami in hot pursuit.

Miami recently offered #1 and #2 JUCO prospects 4-star Chester Graves and 4-star Jermaine Johnson. Graves, the #1 JUCO player in this class, is 6’4” 220lbs and plays at Iowa Western CC. Johnson, the #4 JUCO player and #2 DE in this class, stands 6’6” 240lbs and plays at Independence (KS) CC. Both players have size and talent, and could help bridge the gap between the older DEs on the roster and the youngsters Miami looks to bring in with the 2019 recruiting class. Both Graves and Johnson have many suitors, but are names to know due to their combination of size and athletic ability.

Vero Beach (FL) 3-star Jahfari Harvey is another player who holds a Miami offer at DE currently. At 6’3” 215lbs, Harvey has the physical traits that Miami looks for at DE. He’s kind of on the outskirts of the radar right now, however, as Miami continues to evaluate him. Still, Harvey is a name to know who could become a prime target in the coming months.

One of player who recently received an offer (late on Monday night) — something that should continue to happen as this position continues to be recruited — is Lawrenceville (GA) Archer 3-star Colby Wooden. A well built player at 6’4” 230lbs Wooden has good burst and bend from the DE position. He’s shown well all spring based on the reports I read, and he could end up being a solid target in the future, what with DL coach Jess Simpson’s strong ties to the Atlanta-area.

Previously listed Loganville (GA) Grayson 4-star Kevin Harris II is off the board after he committed to Alabama over Miami. Harris II told multiple Miami coaches that he was coming after a great official visit to Coral Gables, but over the course of the weekend between his visit and his announcement, he “got clarity” that Alabama was the place for him. It’s recruiting. It happens.

Linebacker

Need: 4

Committed: 4

After only taking 1 LB in 2018, and a less-than-inspiring group in 2017, the Canes need big numbers and talent in this class at LB. The good news is that Miami has 4 LBs already committed: Mount Dora (FL) Christian Home and Bible School 3-star Jesiah Pierre, Miami (FL) Northwestern 3-star Sam Brooks, and Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star Anthony Solomon and 4-star Avery Huff. Those players are a diverse group, and a great foundation for the kind of LB class Miami needs this cycle.

Leading the target list is Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star Jahmar Brown. Teammates with recent commits Solomon and Huff at STA, Brown looks the part of a fast, speedy OLB at 6’1” 192lbs. Brown has visited Miami a couple of times, and has been a standout performer on the spring camp circuit. Miami is in a good place here, but Brown holds 21 offers from teams all over the country, so this is far from a done deal.

On top of the STA LBs, Miami has offered Deerfield Beach (FL) 4-star Ge’mon Eaford, Apopka (FL) Wekiva 4-star Rian Davis (who could end up at DE), and Miami (FL) Norland 3-star Darius Williams. All 3 are options for the 5th LB spot in this class, but each has plenty of offers and options to choose from. Of these 3, Eaford is probably the most-wanted due to his size and the HS where he plays (where Miami hasn’t REALLY recruited all that well in recent years). But, Miami would probably take Eaford or Davis, with Williams being a bit lower on the list. And, all 4 of the uncommitted players on this list could become higher options if one of the LB commits were to drop from this class.

Defensive Back

Need: 5

Committed: 1

After having no DB commits for quite a long time, Miami recently got on the board when Hollywood (FL) 4-star S Keontra Smith flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Miami.

But, Smith is the only DB commit, and Miami needs many of them, so let’s look at the landscape at each position.

Cornerback

Miami (FL) Southridge 4-star Tyrique Stevenson is a potential 5-star player in this class and an elite athlete. A recent transfer from Homestead (FL) South Dade, Stevenson would be at the top of Miami’s board no matter the school he attended. At 6’0” 190lbs, Stevenson has the height, build, and athleticism to be an impact player in the secondary from day 1. Obviously, a player of Stevenson’s caliber has his fair share of suitors — he claims 28 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Florida State. Even still, Miami is thought to be far and away at the top of Stevenson’s recruitment, and hold all predictions for his commitment as of the writing of this piece.

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star Jaden Davis is another player on the radar for Miami. At 5’9” 170lbs, Davis is built similarly to current Canes CB Trajan Bandy. a player with great cover skills, Davis is being highly recruited by teams all over the country. Currently holding 44 scholarship offers, Davis has his pick of schools. Miami has been recruiting Davis, and Davis has visited campus a couple times, but it’s unclear as of now whether Miami would take Davis in this class due to his lack of height. Even without that being the case, Florida has been viewed as leading Davis’ recruitment.

Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco 5-star Chris Steele is a top 30 recruit in this class and the #3 CB nationally. At 6’1” 188lbs, Steele has the height and length to be a lockdown corner, and his rating reflects that. Steele is taking a different approach to his recruitment, Spring official visits scheduled to LSU, Oklahoma, and Florida.

Miami is not taking anyone for Spring officials, so Steele will have to wait until the fall to do that. So, things have changed. After bringing in DE Kevin Harris II for a spring official visit, Miami is going to do the same with Steele. Recent reports indicate that Steele will be in Coral Gables for his official visit during June 16th weekend, which is just weeks before his scheduled commitment date of July 7th. With Steele having taken 4 other officials, Miami will get his last visit before his commitment ceremony. I still think USC is the favorite, but let’s get Steele on campus, shoot our shot, and see what happens.

West Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Central 5-star Akeem Dent is the #1 CB in the 2019 recruiting class. Once committed to Miami, Dent flipped to Florida State last July. Obviously, the #1 CB in America is a player that Miami — and many schools — want, and they’re trying to get him to flip from FSU. Dent and his mother visited Coral Gables for a recent Junior Day event, so there’s been connection to campus. Even still, the Canes are fighting an uphill battle in this recruitment.

Miami recently offered Arizona Western College (JUCO) 4-star Elijah Blades. Originally from Pasadena (CA) John Muir, Blades was committed to Florida, flipped to Nebraska, but didn’t qualify in the class of 2017. Blades just finished his first year at AWC, and is the #1 JUCO CB in this class. Teams like Alabama and Texas have recently entered the fray — same as Miami — with offers, and more teams are sure to do the same. Blades’ recruitment is just getting started, but he’s a name to know for this year.

Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna 4-star Te’cory Couch was committed to Tennessee, but recently flipped to Michigan. Couch is a bit undersized at 5’9.5” 150lbs, but has long arms and length matters. He’s more a take than the previously-mentioned Jaden Davis because of that, and Miami is actively engaged in his recruitment, even in spite of his recent commitment to the Wolverines.

Tampa (FL) Chamberlain 4-star John Dixon is another option at CB for Miami. At 6’0” 170lb, Dixon has good height and length for the position. He fits the physical profile that Miami wants, and that’s a good thing. With 18 offers at current, Dixon has plenty of options. Florida is widely seen as the unquestioned leader in his recruitment.

North Palm Beach (FL) The Benjamin School 4-star Kaiir Elam — a cousin of former Florida star Matt Elam — is player who I previously took off the board, but could become an option down the line. With his family ties, it stands to reason that Florida is the leader for Elam, but we’ll see what happens, I guess.

Wexford (PA) North Allegheny 3-star Joey Porter Jr. recently received an offer from Miami and is being evaluated. Son of the former Pittsburgh Steelers LB of the same name, Porter Jr. has good size at 6’2” 185lbs and good athleticism too. He might not be at the top of the list, but Porter Jr. is a player who Miami has contacted and is evaluating so that’s why he’s on the list.

Miami (FL) Palmetto 3-star Cornelius Nunn holds an offer, but he’s a clear plan B option at CB as of now. The same could be said of recently offered Altamonte Springs (FL) Lake Brantley unrated ATH Damarious Good.

Previously listed Apopka (FL) Wekiva 3-star Renardo Green is off the board after committing to Florida State.

Safety

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) University School 4-star Josh Sanguinetti leads the list of Safety targets. At 6’2” 165lbs, Sanguinetti has good height and length but needs to add size in the future. Sanguinetti is a rangy Safety who is able to blanket the field in the secondary with good speed and great instincts. As he attends a top educational institution for HS, academics matter for his college decision. Miami is battling Stanford for Sanguinetti’s commitment.

Wellington (FL) 4-star ATH Mark-Anthony Richards is a name all Canes fans should know. The younger brother of star WR Ahmmon Richards, Mark-Anthony is a multi-talented athlete would could find a home on offense at WR or on defense in the secondary (or even Linebacker or the hybrid STRIKER position). Obviously, with his brother being a star player here, Miami is in good position for the younger Richards. There are plenty of other interested teams — Richards holds 17 scholarship offers with more likely coming during the spring evaluation period — but as of now, it would be a shock if he ended up anywhere other than Miami.

Lakeland (FL) Kathleen 4-star Brendan Gant is another player Miami is interested in. He decommitted from Alabama shortly after last month’s Breakdown, so he’s a free agent currently. Gant has visited Coral Gables, so this isn’t just a shot in the dark. Even still, there’s plenty of work to be done, and plenty of teams who are chasing after the 6’2” 187lb standout defender. Nobody said recruiting was easy.

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star Jordan Battle is a very nice prospect at Safety. He’s 6’1” 187lbs, and plays to that size. He teams with Sanguinetti and Smith on the elite South Florida Express 7v7 team, which recently completed an undefeated run to the championship at Adidas 7v7 Nationals. Battle, like all his STA teammates, has been to campus multiple times this spring. But, Battle has named Ohio State his #1 school so he’s probably heading up to that infernal institution. Oh, and Clemson just offered him a day before this published, and the Tigers are at the top of the mountain, so that’s a team to watch, as well.

St. Augustine (FL) Pedro Melendez 3-star Kenny Logan is another option at S. He’s 6’1” 183lbs, so he fits the mold of what Miami looks for physically at this position. There was a rumor that Logan tried to commit earlier this spring, but Miami wasn’t ready to accept that commitment.

Translation in my eyes? “We like you, but don’t love you, and maybe down the line you’ll be a take, but there are other players we have above you on the board right now.” Take that as you will.

Miami has room for plenty of DBs in this class, and with the list of offered and interested players in this section, this should end up being a very strong group when all is said and done.

Special Teams

Need: 0

Committed: 0

After taking a punter (Zach Feagles) and a kicker (Bubba Baxa) in the last 2 years, Miami is not in the market for a scholarship specialist in this class.


And that’s that. Another installment of the Class Breakdown is complete.

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