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Miami Hurricane recruit recap: Week 8

Hurricane verbal commitments were extremely impressive in week eight

Hurricanes now must pivot from prime time to rebound from Clemson loss
Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz celebrates a touchdown against Florida State in Miami’s 52-10 win on September 26.
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It finally felt like a normal Friday night in Miami as Dade County public schools began their high school football seasons last week.

Miami-Northwestern and Miami-Central played a thriller last Friday that featured six Hurricane verbal commitments. Northwestern defeated rival Central 21-14 at Traz Powell Stadium thanks to a late defensive stand.

2021 Miami verbal commitment Romello Brinson caught a 77-yard touchdown pass in the first half for the Bulls.

2021 safety verbal commitment Kamren Kinchens intercepted a pass for Northwestern as well.

According to the Miami Herald, Brinson was inserted into the game on defense on the final drive and tackled Miami 2023 wide receiver commitment Lamar Seymore short of the first down marker to preserve the victory.

In addition to the six players Miami had committed in the game, the Hurricanes are keeping an eye on three Central seniors in running back Amari Daniels, linebacker Terrence Lewis, and athlete Yulkeith Brown. All made plays for Central in the loss.

Daniels finished the game with 146 yards rushing on just 15 carries.

Lewis, who won two state championships playing for Northwestern in years past, was aggressive for Central and had multiple tackles for loss in the contest.

Brown caught a touchdown pass for the Rockets and was slippery on multiple plays when trying to be tackled.

Miami-Palmetto and Miami-Booker T. Washington played a controlled scrimmage last Friday afternoon that Palmetto won 28-8.

Hurricane verbal commitments Brashard Smith and Leonard Taylor each made big plays for Palmetto in the win.

Smith caught two touchdown passes in the first half.

Taylor was disruptive and in the backfield on numerous occasions for Palmetto.

Elsewhere, 2021 five-star athlete commitment James Williams made a big play for Plantation-American Heritage in its blowout victory over Venice.

After sitting out last week’s game for Fort Myers-Bishop Verot because he was “dinged up”, Malik Curtis made his presence felt in Verot’s 34-33 victory over Orlando-Bishop Moore last Friday night.

Curtis caught three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead 35-yard touchdown with 48 seconds to play, as the Vikings topped the No.9 ranked team in Class 5A. He finished the game with seven receptions for 115 yards and three touchdowns.

Curtis now has three games this season with seven or more receptions and he has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark in all of those games.