Miami recruiting mailbag: Which recruit will keep momentum rolling?
It’s mostly been a good few weeks for Miami recruiting. While the Class of 2020 has taken some hits, the Class of 2019 has grown. The Hurricanes landed commitments from both 4-star outside linebacker Avery Huff and 4-star safety Keontra Smith in the past two weeks.
The momentum shouldn’t let up soon. This summer will be Miami’s chance to solidify its position in the top 10 of the 247Sports composite rankings. This week’s Hurricanes recruiting mailbag will take a look at what could come next for Miami.
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Let’s get to your questions:
Who do u think could be the next commit that doesn't have a set commit date and do we have any traction with any 5 stars
— Nick Conlan (@NickConlan5) May 15, 2018
The next major scheduled commitment is Jaden Davis‘. The 4-star cornerback from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has Miami near the top of his list and plans to commit in July. The Hurricanes will almost certainly land a handful of players before him. Braylen Ingraham, a 4-star strongside defensive end from St. Thomas Aquinas, could be one of those.
The most likely prospect, however, is probably Kenny McIntosh. The 4-star running back from Fort Lauderdale’s NSU University School plans to make a decision this summer, and the Hurricanes seem to be far ahead. Michael Johnson Jr. also plans to make a decision in the next couple of months. The Hurricanes are currently the favorite for the 4-star, dual-threat quarterback from Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore., but he’ll take a number of visits before the end of June, at which point he plans to make a decision.
It’s always worth keeping an eye on some smaller name options, too. Kenny Logan, a 3-star athlete from St. Augustine (Fla.) Menendez High School, seemed on the verge of committing to Miami in March and could do so at some point if the Hurricanes are impressed with his spring. Cornelius Nunn, another 3-star athlete, is in a similar situation after being offered in March, although the Sunrise, Fla., resident told DieHards in April that Auburn and Syracuse lead.
As for 5-star prospects, Miami is involved with 5-star running back Trey Sanders and 5-star tackle Darnell Wright, but I don’t expect the Hurricanes to land either. Florida currently leads for Sanders, who is also considering Alabama and Georgia. Wright hasn’t even visited Coral Gables, Fla.; Virginia Tech, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State have made strong headway early. Miami’s best chance to wind up with a 5-star player in the Class of 2019 is landing 4-star guard Evan Neal and watching him climb to 5-star status during his senior season.
Could you enlighten me as to why the Hurricanes (at least in my view) seem to be struggling to get the recruits they want this year? Last year it felt like there were a cavalcade of commitments around this time of the year. This year, despite the success of last season, it seems that not many seem to be committing. (Martin Dube via email)
This email came in a few hours before Smith committed Sunday, so the situation is already starting to look up. Still, this class isn’t quite where last year’s was at the same time for a couple of reasons. One, which I’ve touched on a handful of times, is where the top targets are coming from. The Hurricanes’ Class of 2018 was full of public-school prospects, who could enroll early and therefore had a quicker timeline. Miami’s 2019 class could easily wind up with double-digit players who attend schools that don’t let their students graduate early. Prospects such as 4-star athlete Josh Sanguinetti (Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) NSU University) and 4-star weakside defensive end Khris Bogle (Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons) are simply working on a longer timeline. Both have expressed desires to wait until 2019 to make a decision.
Still, Miami would have certainly liked to start stronger. This is what happens when you get involved in national recruiting battles, though. Evan Neal, for example, is probably the Hurricanes’ most important target and the 4-star guard from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has just about every national power lining up. The offensive lineman will probably visit Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma this summer and then make a decision.
Tyrique Stevenson, the top local target for Miami, is in the same boat. The 4-star cornerback from Miami Southridge is also going to take his time with Clemson, Alabama and Georgia in the mix. Mark Pope is probably the best comparison point from the Class of 2018. The Hurricanes beat the Crimson Tide to land the 4-star wide receiver, he simply decided to commit in March. Winning one of these national recruiting battles would go a long way to making this class feel as good as last year’s.
Ingraham remains the most likely next domino to fall in Miami’s favor here. The Sooners are in the hunt after hosting the defensive end for an official visit the weekend of April 14. Before he headed out to Norman, though, Ingraham called the Hurricanes his No. 1 choice. A commitment should come by the end of the summer. Ingraham projects as a defensive tackle long term, although he could start at defensive end.
Miami will also continue to chip away at 4-star defensive tackles Mike Morris (West Palm Beach American Heritage) and Quashon Fuller (Lehigh Acres, Fla.). Both defensive linemen are committed to Florida State, but both visited the Hurricanes in the spring. Like Ingraham, both could become defensive tackles long term, even if they start at defensive end. Fuller is less certain about his commitment to the Seminoles at this point.
Jaquaze Sorrells (Largo, Fla.) is the top true defensive tackle on the board. The 4-star defensive tackle, however, looks like a somewhat significant Oregon lean at this point. Miami needs to get him on campus a couple of times before his Aug. 27 commitment date.