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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting: Official Visit preview, 11/8

The nation’s best LB and a local 4-star S make their way to Coral Gables for an official visit this weekend

The best LB in the country is coming to Coral Gables for an official visit this weekend. So that’s cool.

Hello again, recruiting fan friends! For the first time in a long time (since this spring, to be accurate), we have another Miami Hurricanes Official Visit Weekend on deck! TURN UP!!!!

This is the first in-season Official Visit weekend for the Canes, and it comes on Homecoming AND Senior Day. So, there will be a lot going on in Coral Gables on campus, and hopefully the game against Louisville is a great atmosphere and another Canes win, which we hope for every week, but especially so on Official Visit weeks.

With no further ado, let’s look at the visits on deck this weekend:

Miami Hurricanes Official Visits

5-star LB Justin Flowe. Even through the slow start to the 2019 season, Miami has been steadfast in their pursuit of the Nation’s top LB. Flowe, ranked as the #1 LB and #3 player overall in the class of 2020, is the prototype at LB. Well built at 6’2” 225lbs, Flowe makes his presence felt with punishing hits and blinding speed. He has also worked at RB for Upland (CA) this year, and been every bit as good there as he is on defense. But make no mistake about it: his future is stopping ball carriers, not becoming one.

Flowe will visit Miami this weekend then travel to his presumed leaders, the Clemson Tigers, next weekend for an Official Visit. Obviously, everybody in the recruiting world would love to get at top-3 player in this class on their team. And, the success rate when recruiting head-to-head against Clemson has not been strong at all. But, this is Flowe’s 2nd visit to Miami (he previously took an unofficial visit in the spring), he recently said in an interview that he “loves the coaches” at Miami ($), and the Canes won’t go down without a fight. So here’s hoping we have a good plan in place for this weekend and can start to make a move on this elite player.

4-star S Jalen Harrell. A local standout from Hialeah (FL) Champagnat Catholic (and previously Miami Central), Harrell has quickly emerged as Miami’s #1 target at Safety according to reports. A stout 6’2” 180lbs, Harrell was formerly committed to Florida State. But, seeing the downward trajectory of that program and just wanting a new start, Harrell decommitted from FSU on October 15th.

Harrell has been in attendance at a previous Miami home game, and will return again for his Official Visit this weekend. Harrell visited Georgia Tech last weekend, and has a Thanksgiving-weekend OV scheduled at UCF. Harrell is a highly rated recruit, the #38 player in the State of Florida, the #23 Safety, and the #233 player overall in the 2020 recruiting class. Since he’s not a top-5-can’t-miss prospect like Flowe, there are some polarizing opinions regarding Harrell. I, for one, think he’s a good player with solid athleticism and a good physical build and would like to add him to the Canes roster.

Commits and Targets taking Official Visits Elsewhere

3-star DT Tre’von Riggins - Arizona State. Riggins is the longest tenure recruit in the Canes’ 2020 class, but that may change. He’s already taken an OV to Illinois and has this OV to ASU on the books. With those things being true, and with no visit to Miami on the books at present, this may indicate a forthcoming parting of the ways between player and school.

5-star TE Darnell Washington - Alabama. Best and biggest (6’8” 255lbs) TE in the country visiting Alabama this weekend. Miami is battling with every top program in the country for Washington, and him going to Tuscaloosa for the game-of-the-year-so-far isn’t necessarily great. But, Recruiting is a marathon not a sprint so there’s time to make up ground. But it won’t be easy, that’s for sure. There is that whole “Miami actually uses their TEs whereas Georgia and Alabama don’t” thing, but we’ll see if that’s enough to lure Washington to Coral Gables at signing day.

It’s not a visit, but Andrew Ivins of 247sports also recently reported that Miami will likely move on from 3-star OL Antonio Smith and look to add other additional linemen to the 2020 recruiting class. So, file that away for the future, as well.

This isn’t really a huge OV weekend nationally, so there isn’t too much to note here. There may be some unofficial visits, which also go toward painting the picture of various recruitments, so be on the look out for those as well.

Hop in the comments and let’s talk crootin’, y’all!

Go Canes