Miami recruiting mailbag: Who are realistic wide receiver options?
After an understandably tense spring for Miami recruiting, the Hurricanes seem to have recaptured their momentum on the trail. Miami reeled in a pair of South Florida prospects in the current cycle this month and will play host to its biggest camp weekend of June this weekend. The Hurricanes will have a chance to keep building their class, which is back in the top 10 nationally.
Miami is close to being done recruiting multiple position groups for 2019, which will let the Hurricanes focus on some elite targets. This week’s recruiting mailbag takes a look at some of the remaining spots and which big names Miami has a chance to land.
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Let’s get to your Hurricanes questions:
Who are realistic targets at WR & OL for the Canes for the 2019 class?
— Andrew (@A_Vasquez17) June 12, 2018
As much as Miami would like Jadon Haselwood, flipping the 5-star wide receiver from Georgia is a long shot. Instead, the Hurricanes’ most likely additions at wide receiver in this class come from Florida.
John Dunmore remains Miami’s best chance to make a blue-chip splash. The 4-star wide receiver from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., named the Hurricanes to his top 7 this month, and he has a good relationship with Ron Dugans even though the wide receivers coach waited until May 2 to offer the Under Armour All-American. Florida State is probably the team to beat, but Miami continues to stack prospects from Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in the Class of 2019. The Hurricanes hold commitments from 4-star safety Keontra Smith and 3-star weakside defensive end Cameron Williams and could add 4-star athlete Te’Cory Couch to the class soon. This should only help with Dunmore.
If not Dunmore, Miami’s best chance for help at wideout is TJ Jones. The Hurricanes offered the 3-star wide receiver from Columbia High School in Lake City, Fla., on May 23, but he has visited the Miami metropolitan area multiple times. An offer this late in the cycle indicates the Hurricanes like him enough to take him. With his recruitment seemingly wide open, Miami has an opening. Kendrell Scurry could also become a more serious option. The 3-star wide receiver from Nashville’s Maplewood High School named Miami to his top 3. The Hurricanes don’t seem to be seriously recruiting him at this point, but recruiting is fluid.
Miami is off to a good start at offensive line with 4-star tackle Michael Tarquin and 3-star guard Kingsley Eguakun. Tarquin is big and polished enough to contribute early. Eguakun has the makings of a very good center. This class’ success largely comes down to whether the Hurricanes can reel in Evan Neal, though. Right now, Miami seems to be the clear favorite for the 4-star guard from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The Seminoles and Alabama will not let up in their pursuit, though. Since Neal projects as a tackle, the Hurricanes can also afford to bring in William Putnam, although the 4-star guard from Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., hasn’t visited the Miami metro area since November. Florida State holds the edge on the Hurricanes for him.
Why have we backed off the recruitment of the DB that is the teammate of McIntosh? I remember reading that he was going to be a great free safety and everyone wanted him
— cosmo251 (@frankiecosmo) June 12, 2018
Josh Sanguinetti has become something of a polarizing prospect lately. Although a 4-star safety in the 247Sports composite rankings, 247Sports.com recently dropped him to 3-star status. The senior from NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has steadily slipped in the past year. He hasn’t tested well, either. The defensive back ran a 40-yard dash in a pedestrian 4.86 seconds at The Opening regional in Canton, Ohio, last month.
Space is limited for Miami in the secondary in the 2019 class. Sanguinetti simply sits behind a few other prospects. Tyrique Stevenson, a 4-star cornerback, is at the top of the Hurricanes’ list and they picture him as a safety. Jordan Battle, a 4-star safety, has also climbed way up Miami’s board. The Hurricanes like 4-star athlete Mark-Antony Richards most as a defensive back.
If Miami misses on two of those three, it could make sense for the Hurricanes to circle back and intensify their push for Sanguinetti, and they’ll keep tabs on him anyway. The good news for Miami is Sanguinetti wants to wait until 2019 to make a decision. The Hurricanes have some flexibility.
What's the latest on Bogle? Are we still recruiting Sorrells?
— BigSmooth1313 (@BigSmooth1313) June 12, 2018
Khris Bogle outright declared Miami his leader last month, so it’s hard not to like the Hurricanes’ chances. Another benefit for Miami: The biggest challengers seem to be Florida, Auburn and Tennessee. It has a better shot against them than the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs.
Still, Bogle hasn’t been in Coral Gables, Fla., as frequently as some other top targets for the Hurricanes. Miami would love to get him to campus again before the recruiting dead period starts at the end of the month, especially after the 4-star weakside defensive end from Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons visited Auburn this month.
Unlike what Bogle and Jaquaze Sorrells have said in the past, the Hurricanes’ strong position with Bogle doesn’t seem to be helping them much with Sorrells. The blue-chip defensive linemen clearly aren’t the package deal they once suggested they are. Miami hasn’t totally stopped recruiting Sorrells, though. The 4-star defensive tackle from Largo (Fla.) High School attended junior day in March, and the Hurricanes went across the state to visit him last month. Even so, Oregon is the clear team to beat with Sorrells. Miami has started to look elsewhere.