The 2018 Miami recruiting class sits at 19 commitments with less than a month remaining before the early signing period in December. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the Class of 2018 is Realus George, a 3-star fullback from Pace Academy (Atlanta), who announced his pledge Nov. 12.
It’s possible Miami’s class won’t wind up much larger. The Hurricanes have 13 seniors on the 2017 roster, so there’s not much room for the Class of 2018 to expand without attrition.
Here’s a glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where Miami’s class ranks
The Hurricanes’ 2018 class is ranked No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC by the 247Sports composite. One of the commits is a 5-star recruit, and 12 are 4-star prospects. Miami’s number of 4-star commits is tied for third most in the country behind Texas and Oregon.
The ACC Championship Game means the Hurricanes aren’t out taking advantage of the contact period yet. Miami could host at least one important target Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. Mark Richards, the younger brother of star wide receiver Ahmmon Richards and a 4-star athlete in the Class of 2019, plans to be in attendance at Bank of America Stadium. The bigger news will come next week when 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams plans to commit. The Hurricanes are considered the favorite in the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest Miami recruiting headlines:
Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 184
5-star offers: 18
4-star offers: 103
In-state recruits offered: 72
Georgia recruits offered: 26
Texas recruits offered: 14
Louisiana recruits offered: 8
- RB Lorenzo Lingard, 5 stars, University (Orange City, Fla.)
- TE Brevin Jordan, 4 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
- WR Mark Pope, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
- CB Al Blades Jr., 4 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- CB Josh Jobe, 4 stars, Cheshire Academy (Cheshire, Conn.)
- WR Brian Hightower, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
- S Gurvan Hall, 4 stars, Palm Beach Gardens Community (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
- CB Gilbert Frierson, 4 stars, Coral Gables Senior (Coral Gables, Fla.)
- RB Cam’Ron Davis, 4 stars, Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
- TE Will Mallory, 4 stars, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- G Cleveland Reed, 4 stars, Fort Meade Middle-Senior (Fort Meade, Fla.)
- DT Nesta Silvera, 4 stars, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
- G Delone Scaife, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
- WR Daquris Wiggins, 3 stars, Miami Southridge
- T John Campbell, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)
- DE Gregory Rousseau, 3 stars, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)
- CB D.J. Ivey, 3 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
- FB Realus George, 3 stars, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
- K Bubba Baxa, 3 stars, Pasadena Memorial (Pasadena, Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Campbell is the Hurricanes’ best chance left to make a blue-chip splash in the Class of 2018. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback played for Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph when Rumph was the coach at American Heritage School. Silvera, one of Campbell’s teammates, has shut down his recruitment to lock in with the Hurricanes.
Campbell is the nation’s No. 3 cornerback in the 247Sports composite rankings. Sixty-three percent of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions point toward Miami. He was at Hard Rock Stadium to see the Hurricanes pound Notre Dame 41-8 on Nov. 11.
4-star WDE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage
Chatfield waited a long time to get his Miami offer and now he’s at the top of the list for defensive end targets in the class. Even before the Hurricanes extended an offer to Chatfield last month, the 6-3, 220-pound pass rusher was a staple on the sidelines in Miami Gardens.
The former Ohio State commit once looked like a Florida lean, although he was always waiting to see if his hometown team would offer. Landing Chatfield would further solidify the Hurricanes’ growing pipeline from one of the nation’s best high school teams.
3-star DT Dennis Briggs, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Briggs is taking his time with his recruitment, although things could speed up. The 6-4, 260-pound defensive lineman dropped a top 10 during the summer and says the Miami and Florida State are his favorites. John Campbell said Briggs is leaning toward joining him with the Hurricanes.
Briggs is the No. 33 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018. He’s already made two trips to Tallahassee, Fla., to see Florida State and was at Doak Campbell Stadium when Miami ended its losing streak to the Seminoles on Oct. 7. He hasn’t been to Hard Rock Stadium yet, but Briggs did attend a Hurricanes practice in Orlando after Hurricane Irma.
4-star QB Jarren Williams, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Miami has locked in on Williams as their new signal caller of choice in this class following 4-star pro-style quarterback Artur Sitkowski’s flip to Rutgers on the first day of November. Quarterbacks coach Jon Richt went up to Georgia just a few days later to watch Williams in person, and a week after that, the quarterback was at Hard Rock Stadium for his first official visit.
The 6-3, 211-pound senior will still take official visits to Auburn and Ohio State the next two weeks, but the Hurricanes made a strong first impression on the nation’s No. 8 dual-threat prospect. Williams plans to make his college choice Wednesday, and Miami appears to be the favorite.
5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage
The nation’s top cornerback didn’t include the Hurricanes in his top 6, but that isn’t stopping Miami from pushing for him. The son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain took an unofficial visit to Hard Rock on watch the game against the Fighting Irish. The elder Surtain was also in attendance a week earlier against then-No. 13 Virginia Tech.
Pulling in the 6-2, 187-pound defensive back would be a massive coup and the Hurricanes are fighting an uphill battle. But if Miami keeps winning and pulling in commitments from some of Surtain’s teammates, he may have reason to think twice.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 0/1
- RB: 3/3 (Lingard, Davis, George)
- TE: 2/2 (Jordan, Mallory)
- WR: 3/3 (Pope, Hightower, Wiggins)
- OL: 3/4 (Reed, Scaife, Campbell)
- DL: 2/4 (Silvera, Rousseau)
- ILB: 0/0
- OLB: 0/1
- CB: 4/5 (Blades, Jobe, Frierson, Ivey)
- S: 1/1 (Hall)
- K: 1/1 (Baxa)
- P: 0/0
Here’s a breakdown of Miami’s commits by state:
- Florida: 15 (Lingard, Pope, Blades, Hightower, Hall, Frierson, Davis, Mallory, Reed, Silvera, Scaife, Wiggins, Campbell, Rousseau, Ivey)
- Nevada: 1 (Jordan)
- Connecticut: 1 (Jobe)
- Georgia: 1 (George)
- Texas: 1 (Baxa)
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