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

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The foundation of the 2020 recruiting class for Miami is strong. But there are still some areas that need addressing.

State of the U Illustration by Mike Meredith

The Miami Hurricanes signed nearly all of their 2020 commits during the Early Signing Period last week. 18 players signed their NLIs with the Canes, with just 1 committed player — 4-star DT Willie Moise — not having done so.

With the foundation for the 2020 recruiting class set in stone, let’s look at who signed, and where Miami still needs help to finish this recruiting class.

Numbers

Miami Hurricanes Early Signees 2020

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

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 2020 Recruiting Class Numbers

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 4 2 5 3 2 3 3 2 (any spots not filled)

An 18 member class with the 8th highest recruit ranking average nationally and 2nd best in the ACC is a darn good class. There’s a LOT to be excited about.

But good isn’t good enough and Miami still has work to do to get the quantity and quality of talent needed to replenish the roster moving forward.

When considering the numbers needed, the first thing to do is decide how you view DT Willie Moise’s situation. If you believe the reported academic work he needs to complete is a mere bump along his sure path to Coral Gables, then he’s commit #19 and Miami has room/need for 6 more players in this class.

But, if you consider Moise’s academic pursuits to be a bigger issue than that, he becomes less certain for this class, which would mean Miami needs 7 more players to round out this class.

Why am I focusing on the 25 total signee number? Because that’s the number Manny Diaz has stated since he took this job as the goal for Miami’s 2020 recruiting class. “A full class”, as Diaz has called it. The Yearly scholarship allocation is 25 per school. So a full class would be 25. That’s why I’m looking to get to 25, and placing Moise either in or out of this class (at this time) matters for the purposes of accurate accounting.

So, Miami is looking for another 6-7 players in the 2020 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 the coaches get paid for, so tough or not, that’s the job ahead of them.

Needs

If you (kinda) combine the first to charts, here are Miami’s remaining needs in the 2020 recruiting class:

Miami Hurricanes Remaining Needs 2020

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

As I’ve written and repeatedly stated on my, and other podcasts, the places where Miami’s recruiting was good, it was GREAT. But, the places where it was not leave MUCH to be desired. And, as you look at the chart, it’s easy to see where those places are: OL. DT. LB. CB.

So those are the numbers Miami needs to add to fill out the 2020 recruiting class, and roster, appropriately. In a few days, we’ll be back and talk about someth of the names that could fill those needs for the Canes.

Go Canes