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Josh Sanguinetti will heavily consider academics as he makes his college choice.

Miami recruiting: Hurricanes pitch academics to DB Josh Sanguinetti, who’s also eyeing Stanford

David Wilson

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Miami stresses academics to ATH Josh Sanguinetti on visit

Tracking the visits by Josh Sanguinetti, it’s not hard to see what’s important to the 4-star athlete. Yes, Sanguinetti, like most South Florida prospects, has spent plenty of time at Miami. But he has also ventured west.

But not to SEC and Big 10 destinations. Instead, the rising senior has been to Pac-12 country for a pair of unofficial visits to Stanford.

Sanguinetti took his most recent trip to California in February, checking out the Cardinal for the second time in less than a year. Aside from the Hurricanes, Stanford is the only other school to regularly host Sanguinetti for visits. Academics will clearly be a major part of the elite prospect’s decision.

“About 50-50,” Sanguinetti told DieHards when asked how he weighs the academic and football situations.

This gave Miami a specific approach when it hosted Sanguinetti only a few weeks after he visited the Cardinal. Sanguinetti, who plays both wide receiver and cornerback, made it back to Coral Gables, Fla., on Feb. 26 for a chance to tour campus and meet with coaches once again.

This time, the Hurricanes tried to show they can compete with Stanford academically.

“They were just talking to me about academics and how good of a school it was,” Sanguinetti said Sunday at the adidas East Coast Invitational in Homestead, Fla.

Sanguinetti spent his Sunday at Harris Field Park, where he played in a loaded South Florida Express secondary. Miami is now targeting just about everyone from that group and Sanguinetti, whom the 247Sports composite rankings consider the No. 49 player in the Class of 2019, is one of the most important. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound defensive back from NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale could play anywhere in the secondary in college and his polish should let him contribute early.

For Miami in 2019, it could become a necessity. The Hurricanes will lose at least three starters from their secondary after this season — both safeties and at least one cornerback — which means the opportunity will be there for Sanguinetti, wherever Miami decides it needs him.

“They was telling me how bad they really want me,” Sanguinetti said. “When I come in, because they’re losing a lot of DBs, they say I’ll have a good chance of playing early. I will play early.”

Previously unrated 2020 commits join 247Sports rankings

Even before the latest round of updates, the Hurricanes’ Class of 2020 was tough to argue against as the best in the country. Miami holds seven commitments, most of whom should at least push 4-star status.

Still, two commits entered the week unranked — although it was only a matter of time before recruiting services took notice. Wednesday was that time. Athlete Marc Britt and defensive tackle Willie Moise, both previously unranked, each cracked the top 250 in the latest round of 247Sports composite rankings and are now considered 4-star prospects. Britt, who verbally committed during December, checks in at No. 124 and Moise, who pledged March 1, finds himself at No. 247.

Miami also holds a commitment from the No. 1 player in Florida as 5-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel checks in at No. 13. He is set to visit the Hurricanes this weekend. The rising junior did, however, slip seven spots.

Three more Miami commitments claim a spot in the top 250 with another sitting just outside. Avantae Williams, a 4-star athlete, dropped 67 spots to No. 80; 4-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton dropped 67 spots to No. 168; and 4-star strongside defensive end Samuel Anaele tumbled 100 spots to No. 171. Tre’von Riggins, now a 3-star strongside defensive end, rounds out the class as the No. 258 player in the cycle.

Miami still sits atop 247Sports’ class rankings and could strengthen its hold soon. The Hurricanes lead early for 4-star athlete Fred Davis and 4-star cornerback Henry Gray, both of whom cracked the top 100. Miami will also have a good chance to land 4-star pro-style quarterback Max Johnson, 4-star weakside defensive end Chantz Williams, and 4-star running backs Don Chaney Jr. and Demarkcus Bowman, all of whom are also in the top 120.

DT commit Denzel Daxon adds another major offer

Of all Miami’s current 3-star commits in the Class of 2019 — and there are plenty — Denzel Daxon may possess the highest upside. The defensive tackle, who recently transferred to Doral (Fla.) Academy Preparatory School, has been playing organized football for less than a year and already claims an offer list approaching double digits.

The talented defensive lineman welcomed another to the fold Tuesday when Louisville became the seventh school to offer the rising senior.

Daxon committed to Miami in October and seems like a safe bet to stick. He grew up in the Bahamas, using Hurricanes and Dolphins games as his football education. Although former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski’s departure upset him, Daxon is excited to learn more about new defensive line coach Jess Simpson.

If he does change his mind, though, Daxon will have options. The 6-3, 305-pound prospect currently claims a short list of offers: Georgia Tech, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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