ORLANDO, Fla. — Earlier this month, Miami firmly established itself as a contender for Lloyd Summerall. The 4-star weakside defensive end from Auburndale (Fla.) High School visited the Hurricanes on March 9, two days before he played in the adidas East Coast Invitational 7-on-7 tournament in Homestead, Fla.
Two weeks later, Miami has thrust itself toward the top of Summerall’s mind. For the second time in 15 days, Summerall made his way south Saturday for a massive junior day event in Coral Gables, Fla. Two visits in less than three weeks mean exactly what it seems: Summerall likes the Hurricanes — a lot.
“They’re high on my list,” Summerall told DieHards on Sunday at an Under Armour All-America Camp in Orlando. “I’m sure I’m high on their list.”
The start to 2018 has been something of a whirlwind for the No. 10 weakside defensive end in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Miami, Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska all offered in January. Louisville, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas and Texas followed suit in February. Penn State jumped in earlier this month.
He spent Sunday at William R. Boone High School’s Dr. Norton Baker Field and flashed his athleticism, which has made him so tantalizing.
— Craig Haubert (@CraigHaubert) March 25, 2018
The avalanche of offers means it’s far too early for the defensive end to seriously narrow down his options — he’s working on a top 12 — but there is a short list of schools standing out. The Seminoles and Bulldogs, Summerall said, are two he’s particularly high on after he visited both in the winter.
“It’s too early right now,” Summerall said. “They was the first ones I kind of connected with.”
Miami, though, is quickly becoming one of the schools Summerall is most familiar with. The Hurricanes offered while former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski was still with the team, so Summerall’s trip to the Miami metropolitan area at the start of March was largely about getting to know new defensive line coach Jess Simpson.
This time, the defensive lineman got to watch the Hurricanes practice and spend time around virtually all of Miami’s top 2019 targets.
“Practice was kind of my tempo. Practice was the tempo that I like,” Summerall said. “I knew it was kind of high energy because it’s Miami.”
After practice, Summerall even went out of his way to introduce himself to defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau, a 6-foot-6 early enrollee to whom the Hurricanes’ coaches frequently compare Summerall.
“We look exactly the same. He’s a freak. He’s a beast,” said Summerall, who stands at about 6-7, 210 pounds and also plays wide receiver. “A lot of coaches were kind of comparing us.”
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A lot will change for the edge rusher during the coming months. Summerall wants to visit Clemson, Auburn, UCLA, Alabama and Nebraska this offseason, and potentially take an official visit or two in the summer. The rising senior is scheduled to head to Los Angeles in about two weeks and attend Clemson’s spring game April 14.
Although Summerall said he plans to early enroll, this is a recruitment that likely will stretch all the way until December. Summerall said he wants to take most of his visits during the season, probably one during his bye week and then a couple of more before Christmas. With a slew of visits coming, the picture could look totally different for Summerall come the fall.
Miami is doing everything right so far, though. Florida State will be tough to beat because the Seminoles’ associate head coach, Odell Haggins, also comes from Polk County, but Summerall said outside linebackers coach Jonathan Patke is right there with Haggins in terms of coaches he has the strongest relationship with.
Said Summerall: “I’m trying to build a relationship with other schools.”