We’ve spent a lot of time the past few days talking about the recent game against Florida State, so we’ll take this week’s Miami recruiting mailbag as a chance to look at something other than the effects of a win against the Seminoles. The Hurricanes sent a Class of 2018 offer last week, which is where we’ll start before looking at a handful of the higher-profile commits and targets in this cycle.
As always, you can either email me questions to email@example.com or tweet me at @DBWilson2. I also do a Facebook Live every Tuesday, when I’ll answer more of your questions in real time.
Let’s get into it:
What are your thoughts on Jalen Goss? Is he the answer at tackle in this class? (Ronnie Perez via email)
I’ve said a handful of times in this space that I expected Miami’s solution for a fourth offensive lineman in the Class of 2018 probably would be a player we hadn’t thought much about. John Goss fits that bill.
For those out of the loop a little bit, Goss is a 3-star offensive tackle from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., who was offered by the Hurricanes last week. He’s a former Florida commit who seems to still have a pretty open recruitment now. Last month, the senior told Ryan Callahan of 247Sports he’s most strongly considering North Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee, West Virginia and Michigan. With no clear leader or group that has separated itself, Miami has space to get in the mix.
But it’s too early to know if the Hurricanes can land him. The question is, then, should they?
I’d expect more offers to go out during the coming weeks and months, but Goss makes sense as a flier at this point. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound tackle could be a high-upside complement to the more polished 3-star prospect John Campbell, Miami’s only currently committed tackle in the class. Goss is a little thin right now, but his frame is that of a prototypical tackle. His athleticism is real, too – he also plays defensive end for Lowndes and originally was recruited by the Gators as a tight end.
The Hurricanes don’t exactly need a blue-chip tackle who can step in and play right away, so Goss works as a projectable prospect who has a chance to develop into something special.
What’s your take on Artur Sitkowski? Should we be looking at other quarterback options? (Jason Stein via email)
There are two ways to look at the Sitkowski situation. I’ll start with the more generous outlook.
Sitkowski is a more interesting case at quarterback than I think people realize. The 4-star quarterback played in an option offense for Old Bridge High School in Matawan, N.J., before he moved to Bradenton, Fla., to spend his senior year at IMG Academy.
Sitkowski had nearly as many carries (98) as a junior as he did completions (107). He ran for 9 touchdowns and only threw for 5. Even though he has the appearance of a pro-style quarterback with a 6-4, 220-pound frame, he’s a project. Miami is hoping to harness those raw tools, and he’s getting started on it at IMG, growing pains and all.
Now to be more pessimistic – he’s almost certainly not deserving of his No. 5 spot among pro-style quarterbacks in the 247Sports composite rankings. His progression with the Ascenders, ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, has probably gone slower than the Hurricanes had hoped for, too. It’s definitely fair to question whether he’ll be able to have success in the ACC.
The correct take probably takes a little bit from both piles. Maybe Miami would’ve been better off with a different quarterback in this class, but it’s too late now. At the same time, Sitkowski was never going to come in and start from Day 1. Sitkowski is still the sort of upside guy you want developing at the bottom of the depth chart and potentially ready to take over for his junior season. His transfer to IMG is encouraging, too. It’s an indication he wants to get better.
What’s the latest on Micah Parsons? I remember he said he was thinking of visiting Miami. Could that still happen? (Matt Hirsch via email)
All signs point to Miami being out of the chase for the nation’s No. 1 defensive lineman. The 5-star weakside defensive end seems to be favoring Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, where he was previously committed. The senior’s other two official visits will probably go to Alabama and Georgia.
The Hurricanes were always on the outside looking in for the Harrisburg (Pa.) High School defensive end and running back. He never made it to Coral Gables, Fla., during the summer, and it doesn’t look like he will this fall, either. It’s looking more and more like the Nittany Lions will reel him back in when he makes his official decision during the early signing period in December.