Miami recruiting will always run through South Florida. The Hurricanes’ best players almost all hail from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and the Class of 2019 is no exception. In particular, Broward County has become a must-own location for the Hurricanes.
Miami is off to a good start at some of the county’s traditional powers. Miami has landed multiple pledges from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale and Chaminade-Madonna in Hollywood since the start of the year.
As spring football wraps up in Florida, the DieHards team was able to make stops at just about every school in Broward with a Hurricanes target. Here’s some of what we learned in the past weeks:
- St. Thomas Aquinas is traditionally the top program in the Sunshine State and Miami has built a major inroad at the school in 2019. The Hurricanes landed a commitment from 4-star outside linebacker Anthony Solomon in April and another from 4-star outside linebacker Avery Huff in May.
Proud to announce that I'm committed to @MiamiHurricanes @Coach_MannyDiaz @MarkRicht @SlyJohnson3 @larryblustein @247Sports @Andrew_Ivins @CoachHarriott @DavidFurones_ @SFHSSports @Solomon_STA pic.twitter.com/aDmQApVD5h
— July 21 (@Averyhuff9) May 8, 2018
- Despite his 4-star grade in the 247Sports composite rankings, Huff is still a relative unknown after spending last season at McArthur High School in Hollywood. Solomon projects as Miami’s weakside linebacker and Huff will probably play the strong side. For the Raiders, though, Huff might even play some safety given St. Thomas Aquinas’ depth of linebackers.
- On Thursday, Miami could land a third Raider linebacker. Jahmar Brown, a 3-star outside linebacker, is set to pick from the Hurricanes, South Carolina and Stanford later this week. I like Miami’s chances here.
I’m committing this Thursday..
— Jahmar Brown (@Jrock8__) May 20, 2018
- Braylen Ingraham is perhaps the most important St. Thomas Aquinas player for the Hurricanes to land this cycle. The 4-star strongside defensive end is looking a potential June commitment. He’ll officially visit Kentucky the weekend of June 8. Oklahoma is probably the biggest challenger to Miami, though. The Hurricanes are certainly the favorite for the defensive lineman, who has also visited Florida and Alabama.
- Jordan Battle to Ohio State isn’t a done deal. Even though the 4-star safety named the Buckeyes his leader, some feel Miami might ultimately be the team to beat.
- Jaden Davis is still looking at a July commitment and it’s starting to look like it could go any number of directions. The Hurricanes and Gators are both still positioned well for the 4-star cornerback, but he’s already taken official visits with the Sooners and Penn State. Clemson and the Buckeyes are in the mix, too.
- Daniel Carter is still a secondary name to know at running back. The 4-star running back attended Miami’s junior day March 24 and if the Hurricanes don’t land 4-star running back Kenny McIntosh then Carter could be the next option. Ohio State and Michigan are among the others who have offered.
- Miami has yet to offer some of the Raiders’ top underclassmen, such as 4-star wide receiver Marcus Rosemy. Marcus Dumervil, a 4-star tackle in the 247Sports.com rankings, is probably the most important player to land from St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class of 2020, though, because of the scarcity of elite linemen in the Miami metropolitan area. Dumervil has already visited the Hurricanes a number of times, but he’s taking things slowly. Louisville, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan are other early suitors.
- Miami’s most recent commit is Keontra Smith, a 4-star safety from Chaminade-Madonna College Prep. While the Hurricanes flipped him from Kentucky, they beat out some bigger names. The Crimson Tide were particularly high on the defensive back, who will be a leader for this class.
— L O C K S M I T H ⛓ (@IronMan794) May 13, 2018
- Smith’s commitment should also help Miami hang on to Cameron Williams. The 3-star weakside defensive end flipped from Florida to the Hurricanes in January, but is still hearing from the Gators, Florida State and Penn State.
- And hanging on to Williams would probably help Miami with John Dunmore. The Hurricanes finally offered the 4-star wide receiver in May and should get him on campus soon. Florida State is still the clear favorite here. I’m not sure how enamored Miami is with him.
— Jdsunn__ (@JohnDunmore2) May 2, 2018
- The Hurricanes are still keeping in touch with Te’Cory Couch even after the 4-star athlete committed to Michigan. He plans to visit this summer. A second flip down the road isn’t out of the question, although so much is still up in the air for Miami in the 2019 secondary.
- Willie Moise, a 2020 prospect, is the Hurricanes’ third commit from Chaminade-Madonna. The 4-star defensive tackle missed the spring with an injury, but Georgia is chasing Moise. The lineman played his freshman year in the Peach State.
- Fort Lauderdale’s NSU University School will be in the hunt for a state title this year and Josh Sanguinetti is one of the biggest reasons why. If Miami keeps the pressure on the 4-star athlete, the Hurricanes should be able to beat out Oklahoma and Stanford.
- McIntosh, one of Sanguinetti’s teammates at NSU University, would like to commit by the end of the summer. The 4-star running back just wants to make sure he can take all his visits first. Alabama and Ohio State are among the schools he still wants to see. Clemson, which once seemed like a contender, has broken off communication. All signs point to him following older brother RJ McIntosh to Miami.
- University also boasts one of the best young offensive linemen in the state. Marcus Tate, an unranked tackle in the Class of 2021, visited Coral Gables, Fla., in March. The Hurricanes are smart to prioritize him early given their struggles at recruiting linemen. LSU, Tate’s childhood favorite team, will probably also be a factor.
- Tyler Scott is the Sharks’ last blue-chip recruit. A 4-star safety in the 2019 class, Scott is a high-academic player who could be this year’s high-profile recruit to make waves with an Ivy League commitment. Miami hasn’t offered, but he’s visited the Hurricanes before and probably will again.
- Khris Bogle continues to say all the right things about Miami. The 4-star weakside defensive end from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale recently named a top 2 of the Hurricanes and Tennessee. Florida is running third. His recruitment could go the distance, though, so Miami still has its work cut out for it.