The 2018 Miami recruiting class sits at 20 commitments with a month until National Signing Day. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the Class of 2018 is Jarren Williams, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) High School, who announced his pledge in December. All but one member of the class signed their national letters of intent during the early signing period.
It’s possible Miami’s class won’t wind up much larger. The Hurricanes have 13 seniors on the 2017 roster, so there’s not much room for the Class of 2018 to expand without attrition.
Here’s a glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where Miami’s class ranks
The Hurricanes’ 2018 class is ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC by the 247Sports composite. One of the commits is a 5-star recruit, and 13 are 4-star prospects. Miami’s number of 4-star commits is fifth most in the country.
The Under Armour All-America Game is in the books and it was a good week for the five future Hurricanes in the game. Brevin Jordan, a 4-star tight end, led the game in receiving, 4-star cornerback Al Blades Jr. didn’t allow a completion and 4-star safety Gurvan Hall nearly intercepted a pass. Miami also remains in the mix for some of the best unsigned offensive linemen. Nicholas Petit-Frere, a 5-star offensive tackle, won’t rule out an official visit to Coral Gables, Fla., and 4-star offensive guard Christian Meadows has already lined up a trip to South Florida. In non All-American news, the Hurricanes also extended an offer to 4-star strongside defensive end Dorian Gerald, the top-ranked junior college prospect at his position.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest Miami recruiting headlines:
Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 183
5-star offers: 18
4-star offers: 103
In-state recruits offered: 70
Georgia recruits offered: 27
Texas recruits offered: 14
Louisiana recruits offered: 8
- RB Lorenzo Lingard, 5 stars, University (Orange City, Fla.)
- CB Al Blades Jr., 4 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- WR Mark Pope, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
- TE Brevin Jordan, 4 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
- QB Jarren Williams 4 stars, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
- S Gurvan Hall, 4 stars, Palm Beach Gardens Community (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
- RB Cam’Ron Davis, 4 stars, Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
- DT Nesta Silvera, 4 stars, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
- WR Brian Hightower, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
- G Delone Scaife, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
- CB Gilbert Frierson, 4 stars, Coral Gables Senior (Coral Gables, Fla.)
- TE Will Mallory, 4 stars, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- G Cleveland Reed, 4 stars, Fort Meade Middle-Senior (Fort Meade, Fla.)
- CB D.J. Ivey, 4 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
- WR Daquris Wiggins, 3 stars, Miami Southridge
- DE Gregory Rousseau, 3 stars, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)
- T John Campbell, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)
- DE Patrick Joyner, 3 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
- FB Realus George, 3 stars, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
- K Bubba Baxa, 3 stars, Pasadena Memorial (Pasadena, Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Tyson Campbell is the Hurricanes’ best chance left to make a blue-chip splash in the Class of 2018. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback played for Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph when Rumph was the coach at American Heritage School. Silvera, one of Campbell’s teammates, has shut down his recruitment to lock in with the Hurricanes.
Campbell is the nation’s No. 3 cornerback in the 247Sports composite rankings. Sixty-three percent of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions point toward Miami. He was at Hard Rock Stadium to see the Hurricanes pound Notre Dame 41-8 on Nov. 11.
4-star WDE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage
Andrew Chatfield waited a long time to get his Miami offer and now he’s at the top of the list for defensive end targets in the class. Even before the Hurricanes extended an offer to Chatfield last month, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound pass rusher was a staple on the sidelines in Miami Gardens.
The former Ohio State commit once looked like a Florida lean, although he was always waiting to see if his hometown team would offer. Landing Chatfield would further solidify the Hurricanes’ growing pipeline from one of the nation’s best high school teams.
4-star DT Dennis Briggs, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Miami will probably take two more defensive linemen in this class. Defensive end is one spot of need, but so is defensive tackle and preferably a tackle who can slide out to end. Dennis Briggs, who played both spots on the defensive line in high school, should be the Hurricanes’ priority now.
The 6-4, 250-pound senior put out a top 4 on Christmas. Miami will have to beat out Florida State, Louisville and South Carolina to earn the defensive lineman’s services. The Seminoles are probably the Hurricanes’ toughest competitor. Briggs liked Florida State prior to coach Jimbo Fisher’s departure and also visited Oregon when coach Willie Taggart, who replaced Fisher with the Seminoles, was coaching the Ducks.
5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage
The nation’s top cornerback didn’t include the Hurricanes in his top 6, but that isn’t stopping Miami from pushing for him. The son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain took an unofficial visit to watch the game against the Fighting Irish. The elder Surtain was also in attendance a week earlier against then-No. 13 Virginia Tech.
Pulling in the 6-2, 187-pound defensive back would be a massive coup and the Hurricanes are fighting an uphill battle. But if Miami keeps winning and pulling in commitments from some of Surtain’s teammates, he may have reason to think twice.
5-star OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
The Hurricanes are a long shot for the newly minted 5-star senior. Miami needs another tackle in this class and Petit-Frere is the best one available in Florida. The Hurricanes will try to make a push between now and National Signing Day.
At 6-6 and 272 pounds, Petit-Frere has a loaded list of suitors, including Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame and Michigan. There’s no guarantee Miami will get an official visit, but there’s time for the Hurricanes to make a move.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 1/1 (Williams)
- RB: 2/2 (Lingard, Davis)
- FB: 1/1 (George)
- TE: 2/2 (Jordan, Mallory)
- WR: 3/4 (Pope, Hightower, Wiggins)
- OL: 3/4 (Scaife, Reed, Campbell)
- DL: 3/4 (Silvera, Rousseau, Joyner)
- ILB: 0/0
- OLB: 0/1
- CB: 4/5 (Blades, Jobe, Frierson, Ivey)
- S: 1/1 (Hall)
- K: 1/1 (Baxa)
- P: 0/0
Here’s a breakdown of Miami’s commits by state:
- Florida: 16 (Lingard, Blades, Pope, Hall, Davis, Silvera, Hightower, Scaife, Frierson, Mallory, Reed, Ivey, Wiggins, Rousseau, Campbell, Joyner)
- Nevada: 1 (Jordan)
- Connecticut: 1 (Jobe)
- Georgia: 1 (Williams, George)
- Texas: 1 (Baxa)