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Henry Gray committed to Miami during an underclassman day Saturday.

Miami recruiting: Inside the Hurricanes’ wild recruiting weekend

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Miami lands 4 commitments during underclassman day

A week after junior day, Miami put together another major recruiting weekend. The Hurricanes brought dozens of underclassmen to Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday to watch practice in the morning and then tour the facilities in the afternoon.

By the end of the day, Miami added two more top-100 prospects to its top-ranked Class of 2020 and secured the first two commitments of the Hurricanes’ Class of 2021.

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Miami’s first commitment of the 2021 cycle kicked off the day. Unranked safety James Williams was that player, giving the Hurricanes a potential foundational piece. Not long after, 4-star cornerback Henry Gray became the latest top-100 commitment for Miami in the 2020 cycle.

Another 2021 pledge came a bit later with unranked guard Laurence Seymore committing to the Hurricanes. The day wrapped up with Miami hauling in perhaps its biggest fish. Dominic Mammarelli, a 4-star tight end from Naples (Fla.) High School, committed to the Hurricanes, giving them the top tight end in the 2020 cycle.

All four are varying degrees of potential stars. Mammarelli is possibly the next in line at “tight end U,” already regarded as a top-50 national recruit by 247Sports.com. Gray could become a lockdown corner, and the Miami Central High School product slots in behind 4-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel and Mammarelli as the third highest-ranked member of the class. The two 2021 prospects are even harder to judge, but both could be destined for stardom. Let’s take a look at what each of the four could bring:

TE Dominic Mammarelli, 4 stars, Naples (Fla.)

The Hurricanes only really began pushing hard for Mammarelli recently. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound pass catcher visited Miami on Feb. 17 for a men’s basketball game against Syracuse and the Hurricanes offered during his trip. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound rising junior, who is originally from the Miami metropolitan area, fell in love with the atmosphere around the program and committed during his return visit Saturday.

What he said: “I’m from there and I have a lot of family over there, and I just felt like I fit in, which was going to be a big part of where I was going to decide where I was going to go to school,” Mammarelli told DieHards. “It was more the people and how they treated me. It just felt like the right place.”

What he’s done: In limited action as a sophomore at Naples High School, Mammarelli caught 3 passes for 34 yards and 1 touchdown.

Who else wants him: LSU, South Carolina, Arkansas, Purdue, South Florida and Florida International

CB Henry Gray, 4 stars, Miami Central

Gray, who called Miami a dream school shortly after receiving the offer, finally got to Greentree Practice Fields for a visit Thursday. The 6-1, 170-pound rising junior returned Saturday to pull the trigger.

What he said: “It was probably the best I’ve felt about a school ever,” Gray told Matt Shodell of Rivals.com. “Meeting and having conversations with all the coaches at the camp really showed me how close everybody is there. I felt like I was more than family there, almost like I was meant to be there.

What he’s done: Gray spent his sophomore season at Miramar (Fla.) High School, where he primarily played free safety.

Who else wants him: Louisville, Syracuse, Boston College, Kentucky, Baylor, USF and Florida Atlantic.

S James Williams, unranked, Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Williams has a chance to be one of the nation’s best in 2021. The athlete already stands at 6-4, 202 pounds and could develop into just about any role on defense. The rising sophomore could be an ambassador for the class. He called Miami a dream school after the Hurricanes offered Jan. 10 and has been eyeing a pledge since.

What he said: “I wanted to make this commitment because I wanted to make my family happy,” Williams told DieHards. “I was the first one going to college, so I wanted this. It feels great.”

What he’s done: Williams put together monster freshman campaign at Miami’s Monsignor Edward Pace High School. As a strong safety, Williams earned second-team all-county honors from the Miami Herald and racked up more than 100 tackles. He also played some wide receiver and tight end for Monsignor Edward Pace.

Who else wants him: Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tennessee and Florida Atlantic.

G Laurence Seymore, unranked, Miami Central

Miami began tracking Seymore even earlier than Williams. The Hurricanes offered the 6-2, 265-pound offensive lineman in June after Seymore dominated a Miami camp as an eighth-grader. The rising sophomore is now a teammate of Gray’s at Miami Central High School.

What he said: “I knew since a camp last summer I’d commit to Miami,” Seymore told Rivals.

What he’s done: Seymore plays both tackle and guard for Central. He could easily wind up at either position depending how he grows the next few years.

Who else wants him: South Carolina and Florida Atlantic.

Miami offers 3 more during underclassman day

Miami’s underclassman day didn’t only yield a number of high-profile commitments. The Hurricanes also took the opportunity of face-to-face contact to offer three new players in the 2020 and 2021 cycles. The most notable of the three is probably Jonathan Denis, a 3-star guard in the 2020 class. Denis is a rising star, particularly in state. The rising junior from South Dade High School in Homestead, Fla., already claims offers from Florida State, Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and FAU. The Hurricanes’ strong ties at South Dade should position them well for the 6-3, 270-pound offensive lineman.

Miami also became the first team to offer another local 2020 prospect. The Hurricanes offered Elijah Roberts, an unranked 6-4, 245-pound weakside defensive end from Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School.

The lone 2021 offer went to Landon Tengwall, one of the few out-of-state prospects to visit Saturday. The unranked tackle from St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md., holds early offers from Penn State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina and Boston College. The 6-6, 312-pound rising sophomore attended the Nittany Lions’ junior day Feb. 3.

Before the weekend even began, the Hurricanes offered another out-of-state 2021 prospect. On Thursday, Miami offered unranked tackle Micah Morris, a rising sophomore from Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga. The 6-4, 260-pound offensive lineman holds other early offers from Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Mississippi, Ohio State, Florida State and North Carolina.

Two current Hurricanes commits in the 2020 class also saw interest continue to pick up during the weekend. Defensive linemen Samuel Anaele and Willie Moise each added new offers from a Power 5 conference programs.

Anaele kicked off the weekend Thursday when Florida State finally stepped in to offer the 4-star strongside defensive end while on a visit in Tallahassee. The Seminoles join N.C. State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon and Florida Atlantic in the hunt to flip the rising junior from Doral (Fla.) Academy Preparatory School.

A day later, Moise pulled in his latest offer. Oregon hopped in Friday with an offer for the 4-star defensive tackle. The Ducks join Syracuse, Oklahoma, FAU, LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee in the hunt for the rising junior from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla.

Anaele also followed up his Florida State visit with a trip to Miami on Saturday. Beyond just the new commits and the new offers, the Hurricanes hosted dozens of prospects from the Sunshine State for their underclassman day. The visitor list was loaded with elite prospects in the 2020 cycle and plenty who are still virtual unknowns.

Some of the 4-star visitors: athlete commit Marc Britt, tackle Marcus Dumervil, and wide receivers Marcus Rosemy and Bryan Robinson. Some of the 3-star prospects: outside linebackers Derek Wingo and Andy Garcia, and wide receivers Aydin Henningham, Deajaun McDougle and Bryce Gowdy. And some of the unranked players: cornerback Jaheem Joseph, running back Jayion McCluster, wide receiver Kahlil Brantley, and athletes Caziah Holmes and Xavier Restrepo.

There were some more 2021 visitors, too. Some of the most notable were tackle Marcus Tate, wide receiver Jacorey Brooks, cornerback Jason Marshall and tight end Christopher Johnson.

Miami even hosted some top Class of 2019 targets. Both 4-star strongside defensive end Derick Hunter, a former commit, and 4-star Naples running back Cesare Mellusi visited the Hurricanes on Saturday. Ge’mon Eaford, a 4-star outside linebacker, also visited with a number of his teammates from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School.

Georgia WR Ramel Keyton names Miami to top 6

Marietta (Ga.) High School is fast becoming an important destination for Miami recruiting. Rising junior Jermaine Burton committed to the Hurricanes in December while he was still at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. In January, the 4-star wide receiver transferred to Marietta, giving Miami an unexpected in with one of Georgia’s top teams.

Now it might help the Hurricanes land one of the Peach State’s best wide receivers. Ramel Keyton, a 4-star rising senior, put out a top 6 list Friday and Miami made the cut, along with Auburn, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio State and Penn State.

A day before Keyton released his top 6, the pass catcher listed a top 3 to 247Sports’ Ryan Callahan. The 6-2, 180-pound athlete said the Tigers, Volunteers and Buckeyes are at the top of his list. Keyton has visited Tennessee about half a dozen times and made his way to Auburn for a visit in November. Ohio State offered Keyton in October, but the prospect has yet to visit.

The Hurricanes offered Keyton, who also plays some free safety, in May and finally brought him to campus in March. Keyton played in the adidas East Coast Invitational last month in Homestead, Fla. While he was in the Miami area, Keyton visited the Hurricanes on March 12 with teammates from his 7-on-7 team, including Burton.

A less surprising announcement came Saturday night as Khris Bogle put out a top 14. Miami has emerged as an apparent front-runner for the 4-star weakside defensive end, so it wasn’t a surprise to see the Hurricanes pop up on Bogle’s list.

Clemson and the Seminoles, two of the other major early contenders for the defensive end, cracked Bogle’s top 14. The rising senior from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also lists Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, Southern California and Oregon.

Miami OLB commit Samuel Brooks visits South Carolina

Samuel Brooks didn’t expect to commit to Miami when he visited the school March 3. The 3-star outside linebacker from Miami Northwestern Senior High School had just named a top 2 with the Hurricanes and South Carolina, and figured he’d visit the Gamecocks before making a decision.

Miami, however, stuck by the 6-2, 200-pound edge rusher even after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and his visit last month was enough to push him toward his commitment. While the rising senior is locked in with the local team, Brooks plans to do his due diligence, and his desire to do so brought him to Columbia, S.C.

Brooks originally committed to his visit before he made his final decision, so the linebacker followed through Saturday.

South Carolina was part of a recent rash of schools to offer Brooks since the start of 2018. The Gamecocks offered on Jan. 22, kicking off a run of them. N.C. State, Florida, Auburn and Arkansas all followed suit in the ensuing weeks and months.

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