Miami recruiting: Key Hurricanes targets head to Oklahoma for official visits
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Braylen Ingraham heads to Oklahoma with Miami leading
Since National Signing Day, it has been clear that finding versatile defensive linemen would be one of — if not the — top priorities for Miami.
Fortunately for the Hurricanes, they’re in position to land one of the Miami metropolitan area’s best. Braylen Ingraham, a 4-star strongside defensive end in the Class of 2019, has the Hurricanes atop his list after attending Miami’s elite junior day event March 24.
“Miami’s still No. 1,” Ingraham told DieHards. “They’ve been showing the most love for a while, so I’m really interested in that.”
This weekend, though, the Hurricanes’ biggest challenger will get its best crack at swaying the 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect. Ingraham is headed to Norman, Okla., for an official visit with Oklahoma. The Sooners, who have yet to host Ingraham, can make a key pitch. But it’s clear that for now Oklahoma is working from behind.
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Miami has seized a significant and persistent lead through sheer contact with the defensive lineman, who recently transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Hurricanes offered Ingraham in June after he competed at a camp in Coral Gables, Fla. A few other powers had already begun pitching Ingraham, but Miami made it clear — he was the Hurricanes’ top defensive end priority in the Class of 2019.
Ingraham visited Miami Gardens, Fla., for a handful of games at Hard Rock Stadium in the 2017 season. Former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski made multiple trips to Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School before Ingraham transferred across town. The Hurricanes offer Ingraham a chance to play early and play a variety of roles along the defensive line.
Junior day was an important visit, though. Kuligowski left for Alabama in February and Miami replaced him Atlanta Falcons defensive assistant Jess Simpson. Ingraham spoke with the new defensive line coach on the phone a few times before he visited in March. His trip out to Greentree Practice Fields, however, was the first time he really got to know Simpson.
“That was my first time meeting the D-line coach. I really liked him. I like the way he teaches the D-line and how he records it. He makes sure the technique is fundamental,” said Ingraham, who also played some tight end for Dillard. “He has NFL film, so the D-line can watch and learn some stuff from it.”
— B5️⃣ (@BIngraham5) March 28, 2018
Ingraham left the meeting with the Hurricanes atop his list, which is obviously a great sign for Miami. Ingraham doesn’t want to make a decision soon, though. After he visits the Sooners, he plans to attend the Crimson Tide’s spring game April 21 and has an official visit lined up with Kentucky for the weekend of June 9. He would also like to visit Oregon at some point, so there’s no decision timeline in mind.
“I’m not sure yet,” Ingraham said. “I’m trying to way all my options out first, see what’s best for me.”
Ingraham won’t be the only top Hurricanes target spending the weekend in Oklahoma to watch the Sooners’ spring game Saturday. His high school teammate, 4-star cornerback Jaden Davis, will be there, too. The 5-11, 170-pound defensive back has already been selected for the Under Armour All-America Game and is one of Miami’s top priorities to play the slot. The rising senior is also high on Florida, Ohio State and Penn State. He will officially visit the Nittany Lions the weekend of April 20 and also attended the Hurricanes’ junior day.
This weekend is going to be crazy, I can’t wait to get to Norman Friday‼️ #OUDNA
— IV (@Jayd4_) April 9, 2018
Michael Tarquin will also make the trip from the Sunshine State out to Oklahoma this weekend. The 4-star tackle from Belleview High School plans to commit by the end of the month after visiting Miami for junior day in March. The 6-5, 290-pound prospect is also considering the Buckeyes.
The most high-profile visitor in the Sooner State this weekend might be Chris Steele. The 5-star cornerback from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., will take his first official visit this weekend to see Oklahoma. The 6-1, 176-pound defensive back has another official lined up with LSU the following weekend and tentatively plans to take an official visit to Gainesville, Fla., the weekend of Sept. 8. South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas, Penn State, Southern California, California and the Ducks are also in the top 14 for the former UCLA commit, along with the Hurricanes.
Patiently waiting to see what that Boomer life is like this weekend. #NewWave19 😎
— steele 🎒 (@KinggChris7) April 9, 2018
Miami commit, target call off Big 10 official visits
While Davis and Ingraham will spend the weekend on out-of-state official visits, two of their St. Thomas Aquinas teammates have called off official visits to Big 10 country. Anthony Solomon, who verbally committed to Miami on March 4, no longer plans to take an official visit to Michigan this weekend, while Jordan Battle has called off a trip to Ohio State.
Solomon told DieHards in the immediate aftermath of his commitment he wasn’t sure whether he’d continue taking visits. A family emergency which will keep the 4-star outside linebacker in South Florida for the weekend prevented a potential trip to Ann Arbor anyway.
@CoachHarriott @MarkRicht @Coach_Sh1ne @CoachMannyDiaz @TwanRussell @SlyJohnson3 @GuerbyMertil @LocksNoKeys @AndrewIvins @DavidFurones_ @HamiltonESPN @therealkwat @DemetricDWarren pic.twitter.com/0qPys9ffLt
— Anthony Solomon 11™️ (@Solomon_STA) April 4, 2018
Kaleith Solomon, the linebacker’s mother, told DieHards the family has a funeral to attend Saturday, but was unsure if the visit would have happened, anyway.
“There’s still a couple schools still after Anthony,” Solomon said. “I don’t know what the schedule is like or if there’s even going to be one.”
The 6-1, 200-pound rising senior ultimately picked the Hurricanes over the Wolverines, who were his other top suitor, after visiting Miami for junior day. An official visit to see the Nittany Lions was also in the works, while teams such as the Gators, Buckeyes and Clemson continued to push for the Under Armour All-American.
The reason for Battle’s last-minute cancellation is a bit less clear. The 4-star safety named Ohio State his favorite and it was logical to think he might leave Columbus as a Buckeyes commit.
The 6-2, 185-pound defensive back, however, still hasn’t visited Ohio State. As the Buckeyes try to fend off the Hurricanes, Ohio State might be best suited hosting Battle for a visit closer to his decision date, especially with Miami being able to host the rising senior frequently. The Under Armour All-American just visited the Hurricanes for junior day and should be back again in the summer, if not sooner.
“Both parties decided it is in the best interest to wait,” a source told 247Sports’ Bill Kurelic.
Priority DE target Khris Bogle makes return trip to Miami
Khris Bogle may have missed out on Miami’s junior day last month, but he still has the Hurricanes firmly on his radar. The 4-star weakside defensive end made it out to Greentree on Thursday to watch Miami practice, according to 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins.
The defensive end from Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons High School last visited the Hurricanes on March 3 for Miami’s final regular-season men’s basketball game against Virginia Tech. Bogle has since taken an unofficial visit to Florida. He also plans to visit Florida State on Saturday for the Seminoles’ spring game. This was a key visit for Miami.
Bogle has quickly become one of the most coveted prospects in the country in the last year. The 6-5, 215-pound defensive lineman recently put out a top 14, which included national powers such as Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. The rising senior doesn’t plan to make a decision until January, but the Hurricanes need to get him on campus as often as possible. Even a small visit such as the one Thursday will help.
Elite 2020 Miami CB commit adds another Power 5 offer
Henry Gray’s offer count is now past the dozen mark. The 4-star cornerback, who committed to Miami on March 31, added his 13th offer Wednesday and his second since pledging to the hometown team.
Rutgers is the latest team to join the fray for the elite rising junior from Miami Central High School. The Scarlet Knights join Arkansas as Power 5 Conference teams to offer Gray in April.
Blessed to receive my 13th offer from Rutgers University‼️‼️‼️ #TheBirthPlace @1coachwhite @SabbathJoseph @paragon52 @Th3LAB_ @Cassidy_Rob @Corey_Bender @ChadSimmons_ @JerryRecruiting @RFootball @coachc_db @larryblustein @CoachDgip @SleeperAthletes @sfecoach pic.twitter.com/0JUziNlHZE
— Henry Gray (@D1bound_zay2121) April 12, 2018
Gray, who started at free safety for Miramar (Fla.) High School as a sophomore, has become one of the top-ranked defensive backs in the Class of 2020 this offseason. The latest round of 247Sports.com rankings peg the 6-1, 170-pound corner as the No. 71 player in his class regardless of position. He already held offers from Louisville, Boston College, Syracuse, Baylor, South Florida, Florida Atlantic and the Wildcats.
Gray committed to the Hurricanes in part because they’re far and away the biggest team to extend an offer so far. He plans to go through the process and even if Rutgers isn’t a big enough program to move the needle, another offer is a continuing trend for the elite prospect. He plans to attend Miami’s spring game Saturday.
Gray wasn’t the only Hurricanes commit to land a major offer late Wednesday. Samuel Brooks, a 3-star outside Class of 2019 linebacker from Miami Northwestern Senior High School, added an offer from Oregon. The rising senior verbally committed to the Hurricanes on March 3, picking Miami over the Gamecocks. He now claims additional offers from North Carolina State, Kentucky, Kansas State, Purdue, Central Florida, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, the Gators, the Cardinals and the Scarlet Knights.
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