Defensive line is the priority left for Miami in the Class of 2018, and now the Hurricanes will host arguably their top 2 remaining targets this weekend. Andrew Chatfield, a 4-star weakside defensive end, is making his way to Coral Gables, Fla., for an official visit, his high school coach told DieHards.
Chatfield will be able to be a priority for the Hurricanes this weekend. Dennis Briggs, a 4-star defensive tackle, is the only other prospect taking his official visit to Miami this weekend.
The Hurricanes have seemed to be the favorite for Chatfield since offering him a scholarship in November. The edge rusher frequently visited Miami Gardens, Fla., throughout the fall even before the Hurricanes offered. In total, Chatfield visited Hard Rock Stadium about half a dozen times this past season.
Chatfield did take one official visit to Oklahoma during November, but otherwise doesn’t have any visits lined up. Florida, LSU and Florida State, which offered earlier this month, are other contenders for the defensive end’s services.
Although defensive tackle has become the specific priority for Miami, the Hurricanes could use a defensive end with defensive linemen Chad Thomas and Trent Harris graduating. Chatfield drew Miami’s attention with a monster final season. As a senior, Chatfield racked up 89 total tackles, 24 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks. He was named the Class 1A-5A defensive player of the year for Broward County by the Sun-Sentinel in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Chatfield’s decision to take his official visit this weekend is a bit surprising. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound edge rusher is 1 of 4 top targets for the Hurricanes from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. American Heritage coach Patrick Surtain told DieHards in December three of the targets would probably take their visits during the last weekend of January or first weekend of February. The other two expected to join Chatfield are 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell and 4-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera, who is Miami’s only unsigned commit.
Patrick Surtain Jr., Surtain’s son and another 5-star cornerback, could have also potentially joined his three teammates on their visits. This seems less likely now, although both weekends are open for the defensive back.