Miami recruiting: Hurricanes still recruiting RB Kenny McIntosh hardest
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Legacy RB Kenny McIntosh considers summer decision
Kenny McIntosh comes from a Miami family. The 4-star running back from NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., grew up rooting for the hometown Hurricanes. His father is a big Miami fan. RJ McIntosh, the halfback’s older brother, starred for the Hurricanes this past season before getting drafted by the New York Giants in April.
Those family ties alone are enough for McIntosh to have an everlasting soft spot for Miami. It also helps that the Hurricanes have been the most persistent fixture in his recruitment. The Hurricanes, McIntosh told DieHards, are recruiting him harder than anyone else as he inches toward a potential decision date.
“Yeah, definitely,” McIntosh said earlier this month. “They keep telling me I’m their guy in 2019. They’re going to keep showing love, especially because it’s my hometown. They’re always showing love. Coach [Mark] Richt, [running backs coach Thomas] Brown — they always communicate with me throughout the week. We’ve really built that relationship to this day, so I’m always going to love Miami, especially because my brother went there, too.”
It’s all part of the reason McIntosh is still hoping to make a final decision this summer. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound tailback has already visited the Hurricanes twice this year, once Feb. 21 and again for junior day March 24.
He certainly feels comfortable with Miami. A commitment, however, will likely wait until he checks out a couple of other schools.
“If I get to all my visits,” McIntosh told DieHards in a message Wednesday.
The most prevalent of those suitors is probably Oklahoma. McIntosh immediately listed the Sooners when asked who was closest to the Hurricanes in terms of persistence. Oklahoma even sent coaches to Davie, Fla., on Tuesday for NSU University’s spring game against Fort Lauderdale High School, which wound up getting rained out.
McIntosh said he needs to visit Norman before he makes a decision. Oregon is in the same boat. The Ducks have continued to push hard and are in the mix for the No. 7 running back in the 247Sports composite rankings. Florida and Alabama are factors, too, although McIntosh has visited both SEC schools. Oregon and the Sooners are a bit more difficult to visit.
“I’m going to take official visits during one of their games in the season,” McIntosh said. “I’m definitely planning on getting there.”
Notre Dame is another school McIntosh will probably visit in the fall. Deon McIntosh, the South Florida prospect’s other brother, is a running back for the Fighting Irish, so Notre Dame keeps in touch with the younger back. The Fighting Irish, however, sit comfortably behind the other five schools. Clemson, which also once seemed like a potential factor, is no longer in the picture after landing 4-star running back Chez Mellusi in April.
McIntosh plans to be back in Coral Gables, Fla., for Paradise Camp in July. If he knocks out some other visits before then, a decision could come soon after. What does a team have to do to get him to pull the trigger?
“Just keep showing love. Get me on campus, get the players showing me love, stuff like that. It’s definitely got to do with me playing early. Education-wise. A coach that’s going to get me better.”
The Hurricanes check just about all those boxes. Other teams will get their chance to show what they offer this summer.
Miami offers under-the-radar in-state offensive lineman
It’s never easy to for Miami to find no-doubt, elite offensive linemen in Florida. The Hurricanes hope they’ve found one in Pensacola.
Miami is the latest school to offer Hunter Rayburn, who is unranked in the 247Sports composite rankings but is a 3-star guard in 247Sports.com’s own rankings. Despite his ranking, Rayburn is up to 30 offers after the Hurricanes jumped in Tuesday.
— Hunter Rayburn (@rayburn_hunter) May 15, 2018
Rayburn possesses all the physical traits necessary, checking in at 6-4 and 325 pounds. The senior from Pensacola High School has seen a major influx of offers during the last few months with at least 29 of his offers having arrived since the start of the year.
The recent interest means he still has plenty to consider, but Rayburn has a handful of schools that stand out. Duke and Florida are among the schools which have made an early impression. The offensive lineman has an official visit scheduled with Texas A&M for the weekend of June 9.
Miami CB commit adds an offer from Ohio State
No Miami commit has seen his stock grow more this spring than Henry Gray. The 4-star cornerback from Miami Central High School had only a handful of offers from Power 5 Conference schools when he committed to the Hurricanes on March 31. The local prospect made it clear he wasn’t shutting down his recruitment as he waited for other national powers to get involved.
Add another one to the list. Ohio State became the latest powerhouse to join the fray, offering the 6-1, 178-pound defensive back Tuesday.
Blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University 🔴⚪️ #GoBuckeyes #DBU @SabbathJoseph @paragon52 @CoachDgip @_RodIssac @Therula99 @Th3LAB_ @Andrew_Ivins @HamiltonESPN @Corey_Bender @CraigHaubert @ChadSimmons_ @larryblustein @DemetricDWarren @CoachKeeOSU @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/WJsiq8rNuW
— Henry Gray (@D1bound_zay2121) May 15, 2018
Gray drew early attention with his play as both a corner and free safety for Miramar (Fla.) High School in 2017, but his recruitment really took off after he transferred to Miami Central in January. The junior put together a dominant offseason on the 7-on-7 tour and sits at No. 73 overall in the Class of 2020. Florida State, Clemson, Louisville, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Arkansas, Baylor, Central Florida, South Florida and Florida Atlantic have offered.
The offer from the Buckeyes, Gray told ElevenWarriors.com’s Andrew Lind, is a particular standout on Gray’s long list of suitors.
“It’s actually a dream come true,” Gray said. “Ohio State does great things with their defensive backs.”
Another 2019 Hurricanes commit pulled in two more offers Tuesday. Western Kentucky and Southern Mississippi offered Renato Brown, a 3-star tackle from Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla.
Blessed to receive an offer from western Kentucky university ⚪️🔴 pic.twitter.com/rCgu0VzUEZ
— Renato Brown (@Renato__59) May 15, 2018
Blessed to receive an offer from the university of southern miss ⚫️💛🦅 pic.twitter.com/QfeUfsFOa1
— Renato Brown (@Renato__59) May 15, 2018
Brown is one of the more intriguing players in Miami’s 2019 class. The 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman could wind up on either side of the ball at the next level. He started at tackle for Palm Beach Central in 2017, but also lined up as a defensive tackle and defensive end. Brown hopes to play defensive line and told DieHards in April that most schools are recruiting him for defense.
While the lineman has been committed to the Hurricanes since September, Brown is still considering additional suitors. Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Penn State, Rutgers and USF have all offered the senior from the Miami metropolitan area. Brown attended both the Gators and Crimson Tide spring games, and he hasn’t visited Hurricanes since November.