Vernon Carey Sr. was a standout offensive lineman for Miami. His son, Vernon Carey Jr., could potentially be a standout on the basketball court for the Hurricanes.
Miami was named one of five finalists for 5-star University School (Fla.) product Vernon Carey, who release his top five Wednesday via Twitter. Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Duke round out the top five.
— Vernon Carey Jr. (@vernoncarey22) May 16, 2018
Carey is the best power forward and second overall player in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He was named Florida’s Mr. Basketball after averaging 26.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a junior.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has already had official visits with Michigan State and Kentucky and unofficial visits with Duke and Miami. All five coaches have had in-home visits with Carey as well.
Miami has the recruiting pedigree to land a player of Carey’s caliber. It has signed three 5-star players over the past three seasons and Chris Lykes was a 4-star prospect ranked in the top 70 for the Class of 2017.
It also helps that Carey is a legacy. Vernon Carey Sr. played football for the Hurricanes from 2000-03. He was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and played in the NFL for eight seasons.