The 2019 recruiting cycle is coming to a close. After nearly 75% of players signed during the Early Signing Period back in December, the Miami Hurricanes and teams around the country are chasing the remaining target to get them to sign now on traditional Signing Day.
There are still a few targets on the board for Miami. And y’all love predictions, so here we go.
Here they are:
4-star ATH/RB Mark-Antony Richards, Wellington (FL). Everybody here knows the name and the story. The multi-talented younger brother of Ahmmon Richards, MAR is a dynamic player who can impact games on either side of the ball. He wants to play RB, and is being recruited at that position by Miami and everybody else. There’s been talk that Miami pushing for and getting 2020 4-star RB Don Chaney Jr. to commit means they wouldn’t push for Richards, but I’m not buying it. Miami’s been in on Richards from jump, and you build a championship roster by stacking talent, not by letting it walk away in favor of a player who can’t sign for AT LEAST another 10 and a half months.
I wish family ties were enough to get this done, but I fear they’re not.
Verdict: Correct. Richards signed with Auburn.
4-star DE Khris Bogle, Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons. Another well-known name, Bogle picked Alabama over Miami at the All American Bowl in January. Since then, there has been massive coaching turnover on Nick Saban’s staff, and Bogle just took a 2nd OV — allowed due the Canes’ coaching change — to Miami last weekend. While Bogle himself is reportedly conflicted as to what to do, it’s also been reported that his mom wants him at Alabama. And what mom wants is what usually happens.
Prediction: Sticks with Alabama
Verdict: Half right/half wrong. Bogle didn’t sign with Alabama, but he didn’t come to Miami, either. He signed with Florida.
5-star WR George Pickens, Hoover (AL). One of the most dynamic players in this year’s recruiting class, the 6’3.5” 190lb Pickens is everybody’s All-American. He’s been committed to Auburn for the better part of 18 months, and while he’s taken visits to several schools, including Miami, I just don’t see that changing.
Prediction: Sticks with Auburn
Verdict: Half right/half wrong. Pickens didn’t sign with Miami, but he did flip, from Auburn to Georgia on NSD.
4-star CB Kaiir Elam, North Palm Beach (FL) The Benjamin School. Elam is a talented local DB that would fit in Miami’s class greatly. He’s also the cousin of former UF standout S Matt Elam, and despite Miami putting their best foot forward, I think that familial connection wins out.
4-star CB Christian Williams, Daphne (AL). A late add to the board for Miami, Williams is an Alabama commit who has been looking around. The Tide have 3 CBs already signed in this class, and Williams’s commitment has been less than solid for a while. Miami made a move to get in the picture, but a last-weekend visit to LSU seems to have the Tigers and not the Canes in the driver’s seat to flip Williams from Nick Saban’s team.
Prediction: Flips to LSU
Verdict: WRONG! WILLIAMS SIGNED WITH MIAMI!!!!
3-star OT Darius Washington, Pensacola (FL) West Florida Tech. After having been rumored for a while, Washington decommitted from Mississippi State on Sunday night. His last 2 visits are to his presumed finalists: Miami and Florida State. Washington is notorious for not doing interviews, so it’s kind of hard to get a read on where he’s going. So, I’m just going to guess here.
Prediction: Florida State
3-star S Martin Emerson Jr., Pensacola (FL) Pine Forest. Miami has been pushing for this other Mississippi State commit for quite a long time. Things have been up and down between Miami and Emerson Jr., with Manny Diaz leaving, then returning, and everything in between. Emerson Jr. was reportedly fully ready to flip to Miami, but then backed off of that. He took and unofficial visit to Starkville this past weekend, but was also in communication with Miami’s staff at the same time. Will he stay or will he go? I mean....it’s really a 50/50 chance right now, if you ask me.
Prediction: Sticks with Mississippi State
So, yeah. I have Miami going 0/6 on these targets. I think the staff has done a good job to even get in the conversation with some of them, I just think it’s a story of not enough time/too little, too late.
But hey, any and all of these players are openly invited to prove me wrong! That would be swell.
Agree with my predictions? Disagree? Let’s talk about it in the comments section.