Miami recruiting: Hurricanes still looking at elite class after de-commitments
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Local blue-chip WR Brieon Fuller de-commits from Miami
Miami’s Class of 2019 sustained its second de-commitment in less than two weeks Monday when local 4-star wide receiver Brieon Fuller backed off his longstanding pledge to the hometown team.
Fuller announced his decision through a tweet, although the decision had been bubbling for a while. The Doral (Fla.) Academy Preparatory School wideout committed to the Hurricanes in May, although communication cooled off this winter. He hadn’t visited Miami since November.
— Brieon4️⃣ (@brieon40) April 2, 2018
Fuller joins 3-star outside linebacker Diamante Howard as recent de-commitments for the Hurricanes, meaning two of the three longest-tenured members of Miami’s 2019 class have backed off in the past 10 days.
Like Howard, Fuller kept in frequent contact with the Hurricanes in the immediate aftermath of his pledge. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver visited Coral Gables, Fla., twice in June, then made a trio of trips to Miami Gardens, Fla., during the season to watch the Hurricanes play at Hard Rock Stadium. The Notre Dame game in November was the last time Fuller and the coaching staff made in-person contact, though. Miami never sent coaches to Doral during the contact period, and Fuller didn’t attend the Hurricanes’ junior day on March 24.
Fuller, ranked in the 247Sports composite rankings as the No. 216 player in the 2019 class, will have a strong group of schools to choose from going forward. He has offers from North Carolina State, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa State, West Virginia and Utah. Fuller told Rob Cassidy of Rivals.com he plans to focus on the Cardinals, Orange and Wildcats, among others.
The slight drop in quality of suitors is telling. Miami has put together an elite three-year haul of wide receivers spanning the 2018, 2019 and 2020 classes. The Hurricanes signed three blue-chip wide receivers in 2018, hold a verbal commitment from an elite prospect in 2019 and already have landed a trio of major pledges in 2020. While Fuller would be a welcome addition at just about any program, Miami has the luxury right now of being particularly picky about its targets.
Because of how strong the 2018 class was and how good the 2020 class has a chance to be, the Hurricanes might be content with just Jeremiah Payton in 2019. The 4-star wide receiver from Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla., is the No. 87 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings. He should be a Day 1 contributor on a 2019 depth chart, which also is likely to include former 4-star wide receivers Jeff Thomas, Mike Harley, Mark Pope and Brian Hightower.
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The biggest fish in play for Miami is still Frank Ladson, and the Hurricanes will continue to prioritize the 5-star wide receiver from South Dade High School in Homestead, Fla. Clemson now leads in the 247Sports Crystal Ball and Georgia is a factor, but Miami has hosted him more than anyone. The Hurricanes should be a contender until the the 6-4, 170-pound Class of 2019 member makes his decision during the early signing period.
If Miami can’t land a player of Ladson’s caliber, the Hurricanes could look a bit further down their board or just take a collection of athletes while waiting on a potentially massive 2020 haul at the position.
Kendrell Scurry, a 4-star wide receiver from Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., could be one option for 2019. He visited Miami in November after de-committing from Tennessee. The 6-3, 185-pound player placed the Hurricanes in his top 5 in October, too.
A number of the athletes Miami is targeting potentially could play offense, too. Mark-Antony Richards, a 4-star athlete, is probably the most notable. While he might be at his best as a free safety, Richards also plays running back at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla., and could be a DeeJay Dallas-style athlete for the Hurricanes. Kenny Logan, a 3-star athlete, is in a similar boat as a likely free safety, who also plays running back and wide receiver for Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine, Fla.
No matter the result, the Hurricanes remain in good shape. Miami still holds the No. 2 spot in the class rankings for 2019 despite the class defections.
Miami 2020 DE commit Tre’von Riggins adds ACC offer
Tre’von Riggins was the 2020 Miami commit hit hardest by the latest round of updates to the 247Sports composite rankings. The strongside defensive end dropped from 4-star to 3-star status after playing sparingly as a sophomore at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
There’s still plenty of interest in the 6-4, 260-pound defensive lineman, and it continues to steadily pick up. On Monday, Pittsburgh became the fourth school from a Power 5 conference to offer Riggins.
— Tre’von Riggins (@VonRiggins) April 2, 2018
The Panthers join Florida, Tennessee and South Florida as some of the schools hoping to flip Riggins from Miami. The defensive end did not make it to the Miami metropolitan area Saturday for the Hurricanes’ underclassman day, although he hopes to make it to Miami sometime before spring practices end. He hasn’t visited any schools yet in 2018.
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