MIAMI — Saturday was a good day for Miami’s Class of 2019 recruiting efforts and a strong weekend should continue Monday. Tyrique Stevenson told DieHards after The Opening Miami regional Sunday he plans to be in Coral Gables, Fla., on Monday for an unofficial visit.
“They asked me to come out tomorrow,” the 4-star athlete said at Gibson Park, “so I’m trying to find a ride to come out tomorrow.”
Stevenson, who primarily plays defensive back, is one of the fastest rising prospects in the country. The former Florida commit is now in the top 100 of the 247Sports composite rankings and checks in at No. 8 among athletes. The prospect from South Dade High School in Homestead ranks even higher in 247Sports.com’s own rankings. The recruiting site considers him the No. 8 player overall and No. 2 athlete.
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The Hurricanes thrust themselves into the mix for Stevenson early, offering the 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior during September. Stevenson visited Miami multiple times throughout the fall for games at Hard Rock Stadium and when he backed away from his Gators pledge the Hurricanes positioned themselves well.
Safeties coach Ephraim Banda is Stevenson’s primary recruiter, suggesting Miami views him as a safety. Banda is recruiting him as hard as anyone.
“We talk every day almost. Every other day,” Stevenson said. “They say I should put on for the city. Why would I want to go make somebody else’s city great when I can make my own? And I’d look good in the turnover chain.”
If Stevenson gets to campus, he’ll likely join one of his teammates. Frank Ladson, a 4-star wide receiver from South Dade, also plans to visit the Hurricanes on Monday.
Either way, it hasn’t been that long since Stevenson was on campus. The athlete made it to the Watsco Center on Jan. 24 to see Miami’s men’s basketball team beat Louisville.
Stevenson also could use an official visit to see the Hurricanes sooner rather than later. Stevenson plans to early enroll, so he’s expecting to take at least a handful of his official visits during the spring and summer. Clemson and Alabama seem like two major factors to land the defensive back, although Stevenson doesn’t have a top list yet. He does plan to be in Gainesville for Florida’s junior day.
“I’m looking at all options,” Stevenson said. “Weighing out everything.”
Whenever he does next get to Miami, Stevenson will have at least one extremely familiar face to see. D.J. Ivey, a 4-star cornerback who enrolled early, was a teammate of Stevenson’s the past few seasons with the Buccaneers.
South Dade’s presence with the Hurricanes could be a factor. Ivey will be joined on the 2018 roster by 3-star weakside defensive end Patrick Joyner, who signed with Miami during December.
“I kind of look up to D.J. and I kind of look up to Pat because I kind of grew up under them,” Stevenson said. “They’re some of my role models I look up to.”