Hello again, recruiting fans. We’re back for more ‘crootin.
Yesterday, we took a look at the numbers and needs for Miami in the 2020 recruiting class. If you missed that piece, be sure you click the link below.
Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: Numbers and Needs in 2020. Recruiting is about filling needs so here are the ones for Miami this recruiting cycle. #Canes #TNM https://t.co/0uTu5lLGqy pic.twitter.com/1Ep38cq5Mk— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) February 25, 2019
As of today, Miami has the #3 class in America for the 2020 class and the #1 class in the ACC, according to the 247sports composite rankings. This is VERY EARLY, but having a highly ranked class is always a good thing. But, don’t get married to or caught up in the number. If Miami gets the kind of players that they need, the ranking shouldn’t.
A QUICK ASIDE: I know, I know, I know. I can hear and see the comments already. Miami has had a top 5 class at this point of the process pretty much every year for the last 6-8 years. And, Miami always has a bunch of decommitments from that early group, mixed with misses on plenty of elite targets — many from South Florida — down the stretch, which has kept the ending class ranking lower than the beginning one. Hell, last year when I wrote this piece, Miami had the #2 class nationally and #1 class in the ACC. But, only 2 of the 10 players who were committed at this time last year signed with Miami.
So, I know those facts. You know those facts. Everybody in the recruiting world knows those facts. So we don’t need to rehash them here, or in the comments. Because we all know them already. Agreed? Agreed. (Yes, I answered for you. Deal with it).
Back to the article.
Now, it’s time we meet the players who have already committed to Manny Diaz and The New Miami for 2020. A last aside: rankings change so don’t get TOO caught up in them right now. The course correction over the course of this cycle will come later, if necessary.
Here we go:
4-star RB Don Chaney Jr., Miami (FL), Belen Jesuit
If there’s a player in Miami’s early 2020 commit list who could end up as a 5-star recruit, it’s Chaney Jr. The 5’11” 199lb back has been a standout on the field since seemingly forever. Chaney Jr. burst onto the scene as a HS freshman in 2016, and has been the best player for Belen since his first snap there. In 3 years of HSFB, Chaney has rushed for 3,253 yards and 43 total touchdowns.
Chaney Jr. has long been the top target in this class at RB for Miami, and he’s the most recent commitment to this class. Chaney Jr. has stated in interviews that he’s shut down his recruitment, will not take any visits elsewhere, and is fully locked in with Miami. For a player of his caliber, this is a big, big deal and a huge recruiting win for Miami.
4-star WR Bryan Robinson, West Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Central
One of the top WRs in Florida, Robinson is a dynamic 6’0” 175lb receiver. He has good size, good speed, and routinely finds his way past the defense. At Nike’s The Opening Orlando Regional last weekend, Robinson was one of the only players to beat a couple elite DBs during 1 on 1’s.
Miami was after Robinson hard last year, which led to his commitment. With a new offensive staff in place, former WR coach Ron Dugans, now at his alma mater Florida State, is pushing for Robinson. But, Robinson has stated that he loves the new energy around the Canes program (thanks, Manny Diaz), and seems to be locked in with Miami.
4-star DE Samuel Anaele, Miami (FL) Carol City
At 6’4” 247lbs, Anaele is built like a college lineman already.
Having moved around a bit in HS (Anaele has at least 2 transfers to his credit), Anaele has showcased his talents at various schools in SoFLA. And, at every stop, he’s been damn good.
One of the longest tenured commits in this class, Anaele is the kind of elite player that will have all kinds of schools both in and out of state chasing him. Anaele hasn’t visited Coral Gables in quite some time, but is reportedly going to do so shortly. Anaele recently dominated at Nike’s The Opening Miami regional, earning an invite to The Opening Finals along the way, and has plenty of interest on the trail. When you watch the highlights, it will be clear why.
4-star TE Dominic Mammarelli, Naples (FL)
Miami is Tight End U for a reason. The Canes have had a bunch of top-end talents at the position over a long, long time, and Mammarelli is the latest player to join that list. At 6’4” 235lbs, Mammarelli has idea size and very good athleticism for the TE position. Mammarelli missed some time last summer due to a shoulder injury, but he was back at 100% this season and played very well as a junior.
While Mammarelli committed to Miami and former TE coach Todd Hartley, he’s locked in with the Canes after a recent visit. Sure, Hartley is gonna make a run at Mammarelli now that he’s at Georgia, but all signs point to the Naples native making his way down to Coral Gables next year.
4-star DT Willie Moise, Hollywood (FL), Chaminade-Madonna
A 2-way lineman for a smaller prep school with a serious football program — Chaminade-Madonna has an enrollment of 525 students TOTAL — Moise is a lynchpin for both the OL and DL for the back-to-back 3A State Champions.
At 6’3” 291lbs, Moise has good size for an interior lineman. He plays with good leverage and skill, and profiles as a 3-tech DT for the Canes in college. He also plays at a winning HSFB program with many P5 recruits, including a pair of 2018 Canes signees — CB Te’Cory Couch and S Keontra Smith. Moise has offers from all over the country, understandably due to the profile of his HSFB team and his own size/skill. Already a good player and prospect, Moise will only get better when he is able to focus exclusively on defense.
4-star WR Marcus Fleming, Miami (FL) Northwestern
Another dynamic WR, Fleming is a speed demon who is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. Like so many other players in South Florida, Fleming has a couple transfers under his belt already, and Northwestern is his 3rd HS in his career.
At 5’9.5” 160lbs, Fleming isn’t the biggest receiver in the world, but when you have his kind of speed, you don’t need to be. Of the committed players we’re profiling today, Fleming has been the most open about evaluating all his options. So Miami will need to continue recruiting him until he signs.
4-star DT Tre’von Riggins, Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Though he’s still listed as a DE by recruiting sites, the 6’1.5” 273lb Riggins will be moving in side for college. He’s even said as much on his twitter account, and the fact that he’s been this size, 270lbs+, since his sophomore year of HS clearly signals that he should be this big or bigger once he hits a college nutrition and weight training program.
A St. Petersburg native who has been at the IMG Academy football factory for several years (nearly his entire HSFB career), Riggins is THE longest standing commitment in Miami’s 2020 recruiting class, having committed on January 10, 2018. He should be the next in a line of longest-standing commits to sign with Miami.
3-star CB Jaiden Francois, Homestead (FL) South Dade
The most underrated player among Miami’s current commits, Francois is a ballhawk who could end up at CB or S in college. Francois was a 1st team All-Dade and 1st team All-State performer in 2018 after he tied the Miami-Dade county record with 12 interceptions. I believe that’s pretty good, no?
Francois was committed to Miami, decommitted from Miami, then recommitted to Miami after the hire of Manny Diaz. He’s got decent size at 6’0” 184lbs, good cover skills, and great ball skills — as evidenced by his record number of interceptions. Francois will surely get a big rankings bump between now and the start of the 2019 HSFB season.
3-star ATH Ladarius Tennison, Rockledge (FL)
Another player with more game that his rating might currently indicate, Miami hopes to have found the next Jaquan Johnson in Tennison. A muscular 5’9” 193lb athlete, Tennison had over 1,000 yards rushing and 12 TDs while splitting time with a Louisville-signee RB.
But, Miami recruited Tennison on defense, where he had 124 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception on defense to go along with two blocked kicks on special teams. He might not be the tallest player on the field, but Tennison is P-H-Y-S-I-C-A-L as a tackler and could be the early steal of the year for Miami’s recruiting class.
Now that you’ve met Miami’s talented and diverse group of early 2020 commits, who are the targets and names to know for the rest of the class? We’ll tackle that in the coming days.