Miami recruiting: Hurricanes have plenty of options at defensive tackle

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Miami is on its way to one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, and David Wilson and the DieHards.com team are in the eye of the storm to help you track the Hurricanes. Read daily notebooks here at 10 a.m. ET Monday through Friday and follow us on Twitter for the latest Miami recruiting news.


Miami cracks top 5 for 4-star DT Tyler Friday

Miami isn’t lacking for options when it comes to a second defensive tackle in the Class of 2018. The latest sign of that came Monday, when the Hurricanes made the top 5 for 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday. Miami will duke it out with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and UCLA for the defensive lineman’s services.

Friday immediately becomes Miami’s top choice at one of its biggest positions of need, even if it would be a bit of an upset for the Hurricanes to pull him in. The 6-foot-3, 263-pound senior is the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 64 overall prospect in his class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. While he has yet to visit the Hurricanes, Friday told Scout’s Brian Dohn in September that Miami was becoming more active in his recruitment.

“Miami is a long way from home, but they say it’s a good life down there,” said Friday, who primarily plays defensive end and tackle for Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, N.J. “They send guys to the league and also you’ll enjoy the football atmosphere there. They also have a great history. A number of players went to the league from there like Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Michael Irvin, the list goes on.”

The Hurricanes already have one potential superstar defensive tackle committed in 4-star prospect Nesta Silvera and, with Friday now in the mix, they seem to have three realistic candidates to join him. Friday would be the ultimate prize, although 4-star defensive tackle Trevor Trout would also be something of a coup. The 6-3, 300-pound tackle from Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis has Miami in his top 5, which also includes Georgia, Alabama, Southern California and the Bruins.

But the most likely option remains 3-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs. The 6-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Fla., is the only one of the group to visit the Hurricanes so far and said Miami and Florida State are at the top of his list.

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Cleveland Reed will have a chance to play early at Miami with an opening in the interior. Student Sports/Courtesy

OG Cleveland Reed sees potential for early playing time

In an overall excellent season for the Hurricanes, one player in particular has stood out to Cleveland Reed. The 4-star offensive guard likes the idea of playing early in college and Navaughn Donaldson, who has been a fixture at right guard this season, is someone Reed can look at as evidence Miami doesn’t shy away from playing freshmen.

Reed finally got to Hard Rock Stadium for the first time this fall last Saturday to see the Hurricanes beat then-No. 13 Virginia Tech and during his visit he got to talk with Donaldson. The offensive lineman is someone Reed feels comfortable comparing his play to and he hopes that bodes well for him once he arrives in South Florida.

“That stands out to me,” Reed said. “I’m not going to say I’m the same exact player, but me and him fit the same. He’s really big and strong, and it really stood out for him to come in as a true freshman and start. … I’m trying to do the same thing.”

Reed wrapped up his senior season at Fort Meade (Fla.) Middle-Senior High School on Friday and can now start thinking about his career at the next level. While Reed played all over the field for Fort Meade Middle-Senior — he suited up at tackle, guard and defensive tackle — he’s perfectly suited to be an interior lineman at the next level. The 6-4, 325-pound senior is the No. 7 guard in the nation and with senior offensive lineman Trevor Darling currently starting at left guard there will be at least one opening in the interior next fall.

The lineman has always been a powerful blocker in the run game at the line of scrimmage and this fall he added proficiency as an open-field blocker. His burst has always been a weapon, letting him rush into the backfield on defense and create early gaps on offense. His biggest highlights this season, though, typically came when he was out in space as a pulling blocker, blowing up linebackers and defensive backs to set up big gains.

While Donaldson has had his ups and downs as a freshman, his ability to get downfield is what separates him talent-wise from Miami’s other interior lineman. Reed adding that ability makes him an even more similar prospect.

“Obviously, he’s a bigger kid, so he did a real good job with the down blocks this year, but then we also added plays, a couple screens, tosses, pitches and stuff like that, got him in space. He really made a conscious effort at getting better blocking guys in space.”

Reed plans to be back in Miami Gardens, Fla., this Saturday when the Hurricanes host No. 3 Notre Dame, although it won’t be his last visit before National Signing Day. Official visits to Florida and Oklahoma are still in the works, and he’d like to get to Alabama, although communication with the Crimson Tide has fallen off a bit.

Commit stats tracker

The season is already done for some Miami recruiting commits and targets. For others, it’s just getting started. The regular season is wrapping up around Florida and the playoffs are on the horizon. For some, big performances mean leaving strong, lasting impressions at their school. For others, they’re about getting ready for long postseason runs.

Here’s how all the Hurricanes’ Class of 2018 commits are faring so far this fall:

(**indicates stats may be incomplete)

RB Lorenzo Lingard

High school: University (Orange City, Fla.)

Team record: 5-4

Last week: Lorenzo Lingard wrapped up his University High School career with 230 yards and 5 touchdowns on only 13 carries to help the Titans rout Deltona (Fla.) High School, 48-18, in Orange City, Fla.

Season stats: 207 carries, 1,700 yards, 26 touchdowns; 10 catches, 142 yards

Next: University missed out on the postseason. The 5-star running back will next take the field in January for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

TE Brevin Jordan

High school: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Team record: 9-2

Last week: Brevin Jordan kicked off the postseason with a massive performance. The 4-star tight end, who also has played outside linebacker, caught 4 passes for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns during Bishop Gorman High School’s 59-0 home win against Vegas’ Palo Verde High School.

Season stats: 43 catches, 904 yards, 10 touchdowns, 1 2-point conversion; 4 carries, 34 yards, 1 touchdown; 1 tackle

Next: The Gaels, ranked No. 15 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, host Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School of Las Vegas in the second round of the postseason Thursday.

WR Mark Pope

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 5-3

Last week: Mark Pope wrapped up his final regular season with 3 catches for 40 yards during Miami Southridge High School’s 24-6 home win against Miami’s Dr. Michael M. Krop High School on Friday.

Season stats: 12 catches, 248 yards, 2 touchdowns; 2 carries, 7 yards; 1 fumble lost**

Next: Southridge opens the postseason Friday on the road against Miami’s Belen Jesuit Preparatory School.

CB Al Blades Jr.

High school: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Team record: 8-2

Last week: Al Blades Jr. recorded 6 tackles, including 5 solo, during St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s surprising 44-27 loss to Miramar (Fla.) High School on Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

Season stats: 18 tackles, 2 pass defended

Next: The Raiders open up the postseason Friday against South Miami High School in Fort Lauderdale.

CB Josh Jobe

High school: Cheshire (Conn.) Academy

Team record: 7-1

Last week: Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada from St. Catharine’s, Ontario, forfeited its game against Cheshire, which was originally scheduled for Saturday.

Season stats: 3 interceptions, 2 pass break-ups; 9 tackles; 2 tackles for loss

Next: The Cats go on the road Friday to face Worcester (Mass.) Academy. Josh Jobe, however, won’t play. The 4-star cornerback, who also plays wide receiver for Cheshire, is visiting the Hurricanes for the game against Notre Dame.

WR Brian Hightower

High school: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Team record: 7-0

Last week: Brian Hightower caught a team-high 4 passes for 20 yards during IMG’s 32-21 road win against Hoover (Ala.) High School on Friday.

Season stats: 29 catches, 347 yards, 4 touchdowns

Next: The No. 2 Ascenders close out the season Saturday in Bradenton against Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School of Virginia Beach, Va.

S Gurvan Hall

High school: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Community

Team record: 3-6

Last week: Gurvan Hall finished his high school career with a highlight Friday. The 4-star safety took a reverse 55 yards for a touchdown during Palm Beach Gardens Community High School’s season-ending 31-14 home loss to Park Vista Community High School of Lake Worth, Fla.

Season stats: 3 catches, 77 yards, 1 touchdown; 2 carries, 58 yards, 1 touchdown; 2 pass break-ups; 19 tackles, 2 tackles for loss**; 1 kick-return touchdown, 1 punt-return touchdown

Next: Palm Beach Gardens isn’t heading to the postseason, so Hall’s next time suiting up will be in January for the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando.

CB Gilbert Frierson

High school: Coral Gables Senior

Team record: 4-5

Last week: Gilbert Frierson pulled in a 36-yard touchdown catch during his final high school game, a 38-0 win against Southwest Miami High School in Coral Gables on Friday.

Season stats: 6 catches, 307 yards, 5 touchdowns; 1 kick-return touchdown; 3 punt-return touchdowns**

Next: Coral Gables Senior High School missed out on the postseason. The 4-star cornerbacks next game will be in college.

RB Cam’Ron Davis

High school: Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens)

Team record: 6-3

Last week: Miami Carol City Senior High School blanked American High School of Hialeah, Fla., to close out the regular season with a 46-0 win in Miami Gardens on Thursday.

Season stats: 48 carries, 191 yards, 6 touchdowns; 1 catches, 108 yards, 1 touchdown**

Next: Cam’Ron Davis, who has also played outside linebacker, and Miami Carol City open up the postseason Friday against Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.

TE Will Mallory

High school: Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Team record: 3-6

Last week: Providence School was off during the final week of the regular season in Florida.

Season stats: 21 catches, 364 yards, 3 touchdowns

Next: The Stallions’ missed out on the postseason. Will Mallory will next suit up for Miami next fall.

G Cleveland Reed

High school: Fort Meade (Fla.) Middle-Senior

Team record: 5-5

Last week: Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School finished up its season with a 33-28 road loss to Frostproof (Fla.) High School. Cleveland Reed did his usual thing, playing some tackle, guard and defensive tackle for the Miners.

Season stats: 9 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss**

Next: Fort Meade isn’t heading to the postseason, so Reed’s next game will be the Under Armour Game.

DT Nesta Silvera

High school: American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Team record: 9-0

Last week: Nesta Silvera got a well-deserved night off as American Heritage School cruised to a 37-0 win against Coconut Creek (Fla.) High School in Plantation.

Season stats: 62 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 9 sacks

Next: The No. 3 Patriots begin the postseason Friday against Merritt Island (Fla.) High School in Plantation.

G Delone Scaife

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 5-3

Last week: The Spartans closed out the regular season with a win against Dr. Michael M. Krop.

Season stats: 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss**

Next: Southridge begins the postseason against Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami.

WR Daquris Wiggins

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 5-3

Last week: The Spartans finished up the regular season with an easy win against Dr. Krop.

Season stats: 6 catches, 57 yards, 2 touchdowns**

Next: Southridge’s postseason begins Friday against Belen Jesuit.

T John Campbell

High school: Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)

Team record: 8-2

This week: Dr. Phillips High School was off during the final week of the regular season.

Season stats: N/A

Next: The Panthers open up the postseason against Ridge Community High School of Davenport, Fla., on Friday in Orlando.

DE Gregory Rousseau

High school: Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah)

Team record: 5-2

Last week: Champagnat Catholic school had the final two weeks of the regular season off.

Season stats: 42 tackles, 10 sacks, 8 tackles for loss; 1 forced fumble; 8 passes defended; 2 catches, 8 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 2-point conversion

Next: The Lions finally return to action Friday when they begin the postseason at home against St. John Neumann High School of Naples, Fla.

CB D.J. Ivey

High school: South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)

Team record: 8-1

Last week: D.J. Ivey ran in a 2-point conversion and broke up a pass during South Dade High School’s 42-0 shutout of Miami Edison High School on the road Friday.

Season stats: 18 tackles; 5 pass break-ups, 5 interceptions; 1 2-point conversion

Next: The Buccaneers open the postseason Friday on the road against North Miami (Fla.) High School.

K Bubba Baxa

High school: Pasadena (Texas) Memorial

Team record: 6-1

Last week: Bubba Baxa hit all 7 of his extra-point attempts to help Pasadena Memorial High School beat Deer Park (Texas) High School at home Friday.

Season stats: 33 for 33 extra points, 3 for 7 field goals, 2 50-plus field goals; 1 40-plus field goal

Next: The Mavericks close the regular season Thursday against Deer Park (Texas) High School in Pasadena.

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