The last week of Miami Hurricanes spring practice is underway and the Hurricanes hosted two priority recruits from what I saw.
Darnell Washington, a 6’7 250-pound five-star tight end out of Desert Pines High in Las Vegas, attended practice today. He towered over every current offensive player as a high school junior. His size is unreal and him being so young tells you there is still potential to grow.
Miami has to feel good about their chances with him after reeling in Brevin Jordan out of the same area and him finding success early. Washington will fly out today to visit Auburn and Alabama over the next couple of days, according to CaneSport. He has also said publicly that Miami will get one of his official visits.
Jake Garcia may not be as much of a priority at the very moment given he is in the 2021 class and the Hurricanes still have to worry about finding their quarterback for this cycle. Regardless, the Harbor City, California native made the trip to Coral Gables which is a great sign of interest early on by the 24th ranked player in his class.
Garcia got to practice around the same time as the media did and immediately gravitated towards the sideline we stood on to get a closer look at the quarterbacks. The rotation art the position didn't change over the weekend, so it still looks like N’Kosi Perry, Jarren Williams, and Tate Martell.
Dan Enos scolded and complimented Perry and Williams today. They both had flashes, but struggled to place the ball where it needs to be. Williams threw a bad ball on one route that was caught but misplaced and the Hurricanes offensive coordinator let him know it.
As far as the receivers go, Jeff Thomas, Mike Harley, and Brian Hightower were all held out of practice today.
True freshman Jeremiah Payton continues to be a regular part of the offense, but shows some growing pains from time to time. A couple of times today he had to either re-do a drill or had to be spoken to while the Hurricanes offense ran plays on air. His ceiling is through the roof and these adjustments should be expected from the young man. I really do believe that he is going to be a really good player here.
A formation that stood out to me today was one where Will Mallory was lined up just to the right of where the offensive line would be and Michael Irvin II was out wide on the left side. In a perfect world, I think Irvin’s spot for that formation would belong to Brevin Jordan, but the concept is interesting either way.
We got a glimpse of the offense on Saturday at Traz Powell, but there is still so much more that the Canes are keeping in their back pocket.
We didn't get a very good look at the offensive or defensive line, as they practice on the small field on the far side of us and we were escorted out of the building as they came together. I’m assuming that we aren't going to get another look at offensive/defensive line work this spring.
Out today: Jeff Thomas, Mike Harley, Brian Hightower, Lorenzo Lingard, Brevin Jordan and Jon Ford (from what I can see).