Miami recruiting: Jaden Davis keeps options open as decision approaches
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CB Jaden Davis expands options as decision date nears
Jaden Davis understands the numbers game recruiting can be. The 4-star cornerback from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has plenty of options on the table as his July 18 decision date rapidly approaches, but he knows sometimes finding the best fit can factor in a little bit of math.
Take his decision to attend the Butch Davis Football Camp on Thursday at Florida International. The 5-foot-9, 166-pound defensive back made the quick trip to Miami because Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was in town to work the camp. The Sooners are one of Davis’ top choices after he officially visited the weekend of April 14 and Tuesday was the perfect opportunity to see where Davis fits into Oklahoma’s plans.
“It was really good to see Coach Stoops today, that’s why I came down here,” Davis told DieHards at the camp Tuesday. “I talk to him a lot, but mostly I talk to coach [Kerry] Cooks—the DBs coach—and coach [Lincoln] Riley, so it’s just good to talk to him again ever since my official just to talk about numbers and stuff with their DBs.”
Recruiting classes start to truly come together during the spring before National Signing Day, which means colleges are getting a sense of just how their secondaries will shake out. In this case, another of Davis’ top choices is a perfect example — in less than a month, Miami’s secondary in the Class of 2019 has gone from a major question mark to a solid group.
On Thursday, Davis made his way to Coral Gables, Fla., for the first time since junior day March 24. The Hurricanes had just landed a commitment from 3-star athlete Damarius Good, who projects as a corner, and reeled in a pledge from 3-star cornerback Jarvis Brownlee while Davis was on campus.
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The senior understands spots are filling up in Miami’s 2019 secondary, but he feels confident there will still be a spot for him should he pick the Hurricanes next month.
“It was just to get back out there and just talk to them again about numbers, and what their timeline is because they want me to take an official in December if I choose Miami,” Davis said. “They said that pretty much they’re going to take me unless something like crazy happens, like they get three, or four or five more. Basically, they’re going to take me whenever I want to commit, especially with that July 18 date. They said there’s no way they wouldn’t take me the July 18 date, no matter who commits between now and then.”
While the Hurricanes are still in his top group, Davis has spent the spring building an array of options. He followed up his official visit in Norman with another official to Penn State the weekend of April 21. Davis spent last weekend on an official visit with Kentucky and is set to officially visit Michigan State this coming weekend.
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The Wildcats weren’t exactly a team closely linked with Davis, but the corner has a longstanding relationship with some of the Kentucky coaches. Cincinnati was the first school to offer Davis when he was a freshman, and Kentucky assistant coach Eddie Gran and defensive backs coach Steven Clinkscale were both with the Bearcats at the time. The longstanding relationship was enough to attract Davis to visit Lexington for the third time.
“The relationship I’ve built with the coaches is stronger than any other relationship I’ve built,” Davis said. “They’ve contacted me ever since and said I’ve always had an offer on the table.”
The Spartans are an even bigger surprise visit destination. Michigan State wasn’t part of a top 10 that Davis put out earlier this year. The Spartans, however, ramped up communication and Davis has built a good relationship with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. Since he’s never been to East Lansing, Davis figured he should check out the school before he makes a decision.
“It’s the relationship with Coach Dantonio that got me to go up there and just take the official with them and just see something new,” Davis said. “I just wanted to see something different and maybe it will open my eyes to different things that I haven’t seen, so it could change everything, that one visit.”
Miami places 4 commits in updated Rivals 250
Rivals.com is rolling out its full slate of updated rankings for the 2019 class this week. The recruiting site unveiled the new Rivals 250 on Wednesday. While the site shut out Miami from its Rivals 100, the Hurricanes fared well in the top 250, placing four commitments.
Jeremiah Payton, whom many consider the centerpiece of the class, climbed two spots to No. 176. Rivals is a bit lower on the 4-star wide receiver from Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla., than others. Payton, for example, checks in at No. 59 overall in the 247Sports composite rankings.
The two cornerstone linebackers to the Hurricanes’ top-10 class also find themselves in the top 250, although Anthony Solomon took a significant hit. The 4-star outside linebacker from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., slipped 89 places to No. 244.
Avery Huff, another 4-star outside linebacker from St. Thomas Aquinas, jumps from outside the top 250 to No. 167.
One Miami commit Rivals is higher on than others is Cameron Williams. The 3-star weakside defensive end from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., holds a 4-star grade from Rivals even after he slipped four spots to No. 249.
The Hurricanes, of course, have a number of targets in the Rivals 250, as well. Tackle Darnell Wright, running back Trey Sanders and cornerback Akeem Dent are three of the top prospects in the updated rankings. The 5-star offensive lineman checks in at No. 2, the 5-star halfback climbed three places to No. 8 and the 5-star defensive back moved up two spots to No. 20.
Miami, however, is a relative long shot for those prospects, which means Mark-Antony Richards is the top-ranked player the Hurricanes have a good chance to land. The 4-star athlete dropped five places to No. 28. Guard Evan Neal, wide receiver John Dunmore and weakside defensive end Khris Bogle are all in the top 50, too. The 4-star prospects check in at Nos. 45, 47 and 50, respectively. Neal and Dunmore both dropped six spots, while Bogle slipped seven.
Josh Sanguinetti, one of McIntosh’s teammates, was one of the biggest fallers in this update. The 4-star safety tumbled 116 places to land at No. 165. Dual-threat quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. also fell significantly, plummeting 47 spots to No. 169. Right behind Johnson, 4-star running back Daniel Carter dropped 103 spots to No. 170.
Two more major secondary targets check in inside the top 100. Cornerback Tyrique Stevenson surprisingly dropped 13 places to No. 175. Athlete Te’Cory Couch, meanwhile, jumps to No. 178 from outside the Rivals 250.
A group rounding out the top 250 includes 3-star cornerback John Dixon, 4-star cornerback Jaden Davis and 4-star tight end Keon Zipperer, all of whom dropped eight places. Dixon lands at No. 229, Davis at No. 237 and Zipperer at No. 238.
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