The Miami Hurricanes have continued to rebuild and restock the roster through recruiting. 10 players enrolled early in January, and participated in Spring Practice. The list can be found right here:
Now, with the academic year ending and HS graduations around the corner, the balance of the 2018 recruiting class will begin making their way to Coral Gables this weekend. They’ll be moving into the dorms, getting their Cane Cards, and becoming the newest enrollees at The U, just ahead of Summer Session A starting on Monday.
This is the group that’s on the way now: (note: I’ve linked our Recruit Notebook from signing day to each player’s name)
Mark Pope. One of the most polished and explosive WRs in the 2018 class nationally, Pope will join a loaded WR corps for the Canes. At 6’1” 170lbs, Pope has good enough size to go with outstanding quickness and speed. Pope has the talent to hit the field early as a freshman, even without having been able to enroll early.
Marquez Ezzard. A big WR in the mold of Anquan Boldin, Ezzard comes to Miami from Georgia, and adds a new dimension to Miami’s loaded WR corps. A solid route runner with strong hands and a powerful 6’1.5” 213lb build, Ezzard will try to fight his way up the depth chart and onto the field for Miami in the fall.
Brevin Jordan. The best TE in the 2018 class, Jordan bring his prodigious talents from Las Vegas to Coral Gables. With Miami’s dearth of talent at the TE position, Jordan becomes the most talented player at the position the moment he sets foot on campus. The only things that will keep Jordan from starting the opener are injury or the coaches trying to give a less talented, but more experienced, player a chance to show what they can do before turning to Jordan.
Will Mallory. The other part of the “2 headed monster” at TE in this recruiting class, the 6’6” 220lb Mallory will join Jordan at the top of the TE group in short order. Having run sub-11 seconds in the 100 meter dash at the Florida Track and Field State Championships, Mallory has great speed to go with good hands and a developing physique. And, like Jordan, absent injury, Mallory should see plenty of the field for the Canes this fall.
Cam’ron Davis. Another supremely talented skill position player, Cam’ron Davis will join early-enrollee Lorenzo Lingard and the rest of Miami’s LOADED RB group this weekend. Davis is a stocky and muscular 5’9.5” 190lbs, and runs with good quickness, speed, and power. He will have a bit of catching up to do to see the field this year, as Miami’s RB group is one of the most loaded in America, but Davis is a top-tier talent, and he’ll make a name for himself in Coral Gables.
Realus George. In the quest to add more physicality to the run game, Miami got the nation’s #1 FB from Atlanta’s Pace Academy to come to the Gables. George, who played all over the field in HS, is powerfully built at 6’2” 245lbs. He loves contact, and has soft hands out of the backfield. When Miami goes I-Formation for the next 4 years, it will be George who is lined up in front of one of the many talented RBs on the Canes’ roster.
Cleveland Reed. A big lineman known for his strength, the 6’3” 327lb Reed could be seen dominating opponents on the gridiron and setting power-lifting records off of it. A pure guard prospect, Reed will acclimate himself to the speed of the game, and reshape his body a bit this season. He’s probably not going to factor much in the OL rotation this year, but has the build, strength, and potential to break into the 2-deep in 2019.
Nesta Silvera. The nation’s #2 DT in the 2018 recruiting class spurned many suitors to sign with the Hurricanes and, as he put it on National Signing Day, “Make the crib great”. At 6’2” 308lbs, Silvera has much needed size and skill to add depth and talent to the DT position for the Canes. Obviously, he won’t be the #1 DT on the team this year, but Silvera should play in a rotational role this year at worst. Miami needs big, talented linemen such as Silvera to play, and that’s going to happen plenty this season..
Jordan Miller. A lightly recruited DT who toiled in virtual obscurity until he transferred to Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood for his senior year, Miller is a big body at 6’4” 330lbs. He has a bit of bad weight to cut, and strength to add, but Miller could be one of the steals of this recruiting class for Miami. He needs refinement to his technique, but hopefully he follows a similar developmental and performance path as 2017 signee Jon Ford, who earned more time throughout the season as he got more comfortable with the college game and his personal technique.
Patrick Joyner. An LB/DE in high school, Joyner will play exclusively at LB for Miami. He’s the only LB the Canes took in the 2018 class, and the 6’3” 210lb Joyner has good size and skill. Unlike some of his fellow freshmen, Joyner’s role will likely be limited in 2018. But, he’s the kind of athlete who could develop into a very nice starter for Miami in the years to come.
Al Blades Jr. A Miami legacy whose father of the same name and uncles Bennie and Brian previously starred for The U, Blades brings good size to the CB position at 6’1” 195lbs. Like his freshmen brothers Gilbert Frierson and DJ Ivey who enrolled early, Blades Jr. looks to add depth and talent to the Canes’ secondary.
Nigel Bethel. A late addition to the 2018 recruiting class, the 5’11” 160lb Bethel has the kind of game-changing speed you can’t teach. Bethel’s explosive speed could earn him a role in 2018 as a kick or punt returner, with his time at corner coming in future years, when his technique has developed a bit.
Bubba Baxa. The nation’s #2 kicker, Baxa brings a powerful leg to Coral Gables. The 6’0” 200lb Pasadena, TX native will be tasked with replacing all-time leading scorer Michael Badgley and handle the kicking duties for the Canes. There are other contenders in the program, but Baxa is the only scholarship kicker on the roster, and should easily be able to win the job.
That’s it, kids. All the non-early enrollee members of Miami’s 2018 recruiting class should be making their way to Coral Gables for Summer Session A next week. And, with talents like Pope, Jordan, Mallory, Silvera, and Baxa, Miami will get key boosts at several positions of need.