Miami recruiting: OT John Campbell recruiting coveted DT Dennis Briggs
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Miami commit John Campbell: DT Dennis Briggs likely to commit
John Campbell had a pretty precise number to place on the likelihood of one of his good friends committing to join him at Miami.
The defensive tackle from Dr. Phillips in Orlando who carries a 3-star rating on the 247Sports composite, said he’s close friends with 3-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs of Gateway High School in Kissimme, Fla., and is texting him nearly every day to make his pitch. Briggs, Campbell said, is almost certain to commit.
“I’m trying to get him,” Campbell said after helping Dr. Phillips to a 21-17 win against University High School of Orange City, Fla., on Thursday in Orlando. “It’s like a 99.9876-percent chance that he’ll come.”
Briggs announced a Top 10 in July, but that list already seems to be shrinking. He told Andrew Ivins of 247Sports on Wednesday he has the five schools basically picked out for his official visits. He’ll go to Coral Gables, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and Oregon for official visits. He also plans to take unofficial trips to Florida, North Carolina State and South Carolina. It’s still a long list, but Briggs said the Hurricanes and Seminoles are the two favorites right now.
“Definitely,” Briggs said. “Since I have been both places a number of times I know what each program can do for me, so right now they are at the top.”
Miami first burst on to Briggs’ radar in February when he visited the campus for a junior day. The Hurricanes have maintained a strong presence in part because of the promise of early playing time. Miami has three senior defensive linemen on the current roster and both projected starting defensive tackles are draft-eligible juniors.
Campbell will take advantage of his available official visits, too. He’ll visit Miami on Dec. 15 and is also planning to visit Georgia, Louisiana State and UCLA. Ohio State, Briggs said, is the most likely destination for his fifth and final visit.
Consensus builds on Delone Scaife
It’s been a good week for Delone Scaife. At the start of the week, the Miami Southridge High School guard leapt from outside the Rivals 250 all the way up to No. 52 in its end-of-summer update. On Wednesday, he got another bump in the 247Sports composite rankings.
While the composite rankings still don’t have the Miami commit in the top 250 — he currently sits at No. 286 after leaping more than 100 spots — the consensus ranking now pegs him as a 4-star prospect. Scaife was one of only two players in the most recent update to get the bump from 3 to 4 stars.
The offensive lineman plays for a team loaded with future Hurricanes, including another which saw a bump come thanks to the most recent Rivals update. Miami Southridge wide receiver Mark Pope was one of four players this week to get the bump from 4 to 5 stars.
Scaife now stands as the No. 12 guard in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and the No. 50 player in Florida. Pope, still a 4-star in the composite, is the No. 18 wideout in the nation and the No. 15 player in the state.
Miami cracks top 4 for 5-star CB Tyson Campbell
This one is a little unclear, but the competition for Tyson Campbell may have just gotten a bit easier for Miami. Campbell has picked out a top 4, according to GridironStuds.com, and his decision will come down to the Hurricanes, Florida State, Florida and Alabama. Miami and the Buckeyes had been considered the top 2, based on predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Even if Ohio State has slipped, though, Bill Kurelic of 247Sports said it won’t change Campbell’s potential official visits. The 5-star cornerback from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., is still expected to make an official visit. He told DieHards earlier this week, however, nothing was set in stone beyond a likely trip to see the Hurricanes because of proximity.
“It’s right there,” Campbell said Tuesday. “It’s a 45-minute drive down there, so I can just drive down there and it’s fine.”
It’s wouldn’t be a major surprise if Campbell’s interest in the Buckeyes has waned a bit. The defensive back, ranked No. 3 corner in the Class of 2018 and the No. 4 player in the state, was unable to visit Columbus during the summer and a rash of American Heritage teammates recently dropped their interest in Ohio State. Defensive end Andrew Chatfield de-committed earlier this month and 4-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera canceled a visit Saturday to lock in with Miami.
“Sometimes he thinks about other schools,” Campbell said, “but now that he’s fully committed he probably might bother me a little bit now.”
Campbell’s ties to the Hurricanes are strong beyond just living in South Florida. Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph was Campbell’s coach at American Heritage during Campbell’s freshman and sophomore years.
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