When it comes to the 2022 recruiting cycle, one of the biggest positions of need for the Miami Hurricanes is definitely cornerback. After not securing one true CB in the 2021 class, Miami is now at a position where they’ll need to stock up on the position.
How many should UM look to sign though? Currently, Miami has 6 cornerbacks on scholarship, however, they are losing Al Blades Jr. and DJ Ivey after 2021. That’ll just leave Tyrique Stevenson, Te’cory Couch, Isaiah Dunson and Marcus Clarke left moving forward, and hopefully none of them decide to enter the transfer portal.
Cornerback depth has been a problem at Miami recently, so I'd say the Canes need to do their best at signing around 3 CB’s for this class. However, Miami needs to make sure that the corners they sign, are blue-chip talented players, similar to the recruits that UM has brought in at safety recently. You want to bring in guys who will make a difference on this team, not just sign CB’s just because you need numbers.
Luckily for the Hurricanes, they’re looking at several top-notch cornerbacks in the class. With the arrival of new DB’s coach Travaris Robinson, and new CB coach Demarcus Van Dyke, Miami has turned up the heat at recruiting corners.
- Jacolby Spells
One of the top targets at CB right now for Miami is 4-star Jacolby Spells out of American Heritage in Broward County. Spells, who just transitioned to cornerback during his junior season, established himself as someone who has a very bright future at the position. Now in his second year on defense, look for Spells to become one of the best corners in the nation.
Jacolby Spells Talks Transitioning To Defensive Back, And T-Rob Coming To Miamihttps://t.co/1XACWGhaBV— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) February 6, 2021
At 5-11, Spells has incredible upside with impressive versatility. He proved clutch in the Patriots march to a state championship in 2020.
Spells announced that he’ll be taking an official visit to Miami in June, and it’s been said that he wants to make a decision prior to the start of the season. Right now it seems that West Virginia could be Miami’s biggest competitor for Spells, but I'd say the Canes are in a very good position to land him.
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- Khamauri Rogers
The next player on here is 4-star Khamauri Rogers, who’s the #1 overall player in Mississippi according to 247 Sports. In my opinion, Rogers and Spells are the top two cornerback targets for Miami right now. Rogers has also said he’s taking an OV to Miami in June.
He’s very polished at the position, and uses his 6-1 height to his advantage. A player with a high football IQ, Rogers anticipates the play quickly, and his reaction speed sets him apart. In 31 games at CB, Rogers has 38 pass-breakups and 6 interceptions.
Residing in SEC country, the battle to land Rogers is going to be difficult, though Miami feels that they’re in a good spot. In-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State look like they could be the ones UM is going up against the most.
- Jordan Allen
We’re going to stay in the South for a moment, and talk about 3-star Jordan Allen from Lafayette, Louisiana. As a junior, Allen totaled 60 tackles and 5 interceptions, helping his school capture a state championship. Watch his tape, the kid can play, and he’s much better than his ranking. My dream realistic scenario right now, is for UM to land Spells, Rogers and Allen.
Blessed to be 1st team All state DB pic.twitter.com/jRPRBpzWIz— Jordan “LOCKDOWN” Allen (@jordanallen2022) January 13, 2021
Allen has a good relationship with the Miami staff, especially Ed Reed, a Louisiana native, and CB’s coach Demarcus Van Dyke. At 6-0 and 182 pounds, I’m a big fan of Allen and think he has a ton of upside. Georgia and Penn State are two of the schools Miami is going to have to beat out.
2022 LCA cornerback Jordan Allen wasn't tested much vs. the Pios, but was up to the task when he was. Allen also came up with a few tackles along the way in Friday's victory@jordanallen2022 @LCAKnights pic.twitter.com/o8EO3eTOqg— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) November 1, 2020
- Trevell Mullen
Moving back down to South Florida, 4-star Trevell Mullen in Coconut Creek, is another recruit that is high on Miami’s radar. Mullen has told reporters that DVD and Travaris Robinson are going hard after him.
Trevell Mullen 6’1” 165 Coconut Creek HS, FL is one of the premier DB prospects in South Florida. As the length, body control, loose hips and burst two excel As a cover corner. Runs a 4.4 and plays the position with a whole Lotta confidence.@tt_mullen 3.0 GPA. All the tools. pic.twitter.com/PTfJGFH0L2— Tom Lemming (@LemmingReport) March 3, 2021
With 4.4 40-speed, Mullen is a great talent at cornerback, with incredible skills in coverage and making a play on the ball. Indiana may be the team to beat for Mullen, as his brother Tiawan, is a star player for the Hoosiers.
All county honorable mention ✅ pic.twitter.com/IJUmB3LXtE— Trevell Mullen (@tt_mullen) January 16, 2021
Those are my top four at the moment, who I believe Miami has the best chance of landing. Obviously, there are several other cornerbacks that Manny Diaz and his staff are looking at, and still very much have a shot at.
4-star Trequon Fegans out of Oxford, Alabama, a highly coveted CB, also someone who spent some time in Miami earlier this year when he was attending a 7-on-7 tournament. It’s been reported that he’ll be taking an OV to Miami. Right now, it looks like Georgia is leading the race for Fegans, and schools like Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska and Oklahoma are also in the mix.
4-star Earl Little Jr. is a well known name for Canes fans, a Miami legacy, and of the best cornerbacks in the entire country. I’ve heard he’s taking an unofficial visit to Miami possibly in June, so things may change if that happens. At the moment however, it looks like Little could very well be an SEC player, as he’s looking at LSU and Alabama closely. He’s also taking OV’s to UF and USC, as well as LSU and Bama.
This maybe the hardest edit I’ve ever gotten! pic.twitter.com/a9nnAx31CP— Earl Little Jr (@EarlLittleJr1) February 6, 2021
4-star Ryan Turner from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida, is someone who I’m a very big fan of, though it sounds like Miami could be on the outside looking in. Having made unofficial visits to Clemson, Ohio State and Boston College, Turner very well could be leaving the Sunshine State. Though, Turner has said he’s not rushing his recruitment, which could give Miami a chance to make up some ground.
Top 4 Cornerbacks UM need for 2021— Terminator X (@monstaX) February 10, 2021
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As it goes in recruiting, things will change, more targets will be added for Miami, but at the moment, these are my top CB’s right now.