Miami recruiting: Latest updates on the Hurricanes’ next class

The 2018 Miami recruiting class sits at 18 commitments with less than two months remaining before the early signing period in December. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the Class of 2018 was John Campbell, a 3-star offensive lineman from Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Fla.), who announced his pledge in July.

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. 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.

Latest news

The Hurricanes didn’t wait long to find a potential replacement for 4-star pro-style quarterback Artur Sitkowski. Miami has locked in an official visit from 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams, a Kentucky commit who is considering other schools. After a weird week on the recruiting trail for the Hurricanes, the Williams news signaled the start of a good one. Later during the day, Miami somewhat unexpectedly cracked the top 5 for 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday. With a big visitor list expected on hand Saturday, the Hurricanes have a chance to make a big impression in Miami Gardens, Fla.

In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:

Frank Ladson likes the Hurricanes despite Florida pledge

Miami covets Ladson because of blend of size and speed

Don Chaney Jr. has Hurricanes at front of mind

Only a sophomore, Chaney is already one of Miami’s best running backs

Hurricanes make Top 5 for 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday

Miami secures official visit from 4-star quarterback Jarren Williams

Junior cornerback Jaden Davis looks like an early Hurricanes lean

Lorenzo Lingard wraps up high school career with a bang

Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph watches Davis play in person

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

Commits

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • G Cleveland Reed, 4 stars, Fort Meade Middle-Senior (Fort Meade, Fla.)
  • DT Nesta Silvera, 4 stars, American Heritage (Plantation)
  • G Delone Scaife, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
  • WR Daquris Wiggins, 3 stars, Miami Southridge
  • T John Campbell, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando)
  • DE Gregory Rousseau, 3 stars, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)
  • CB D.J. Ivey, 3 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
  • K Bubba Baxa, 3 stars, Pasadena Memorial (Pasadena, Texas)

5 top uncommitted targets

5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Tyson 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. The 247Sports Crystal Ball lists 44 percent of its predictions pegging Miami as the favorite. He’s planning to be at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday when the No. 7 Hurricanes host No. 3 Notre Dame.

4-star WDE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage

Chatfield waited a long time to get his Miami offer and now he’s right 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-foot-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. 30 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 when Miami ended its losing streak to the Seminoles. He hasn’t been to Hard Rock Stadium yet, but Briggs did attend a Hurricanes practice in Orlando after Hurricane Irma.

5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage

The nation’s top cornerback didn’t include Miami in his top 6, but that isn’t stopping the Hurricanes from pushing for him. The son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain, the senior will be at Hard Rock on Saturday when Miami hosts the Fighting Irish. The elder Surtain was also in attendance for Saturday’s 28-10 win 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.

5-star DE Micah Parsons, Harrisburg (Pa.)

A trio of Big Ten schools look like the frontrunners for Micah Parsons, a former Penn State commit. However, the 6-3, 235-pound defensive end, who also stars as a running back in high school, has considered taking an official visit to see the Hurricanes. Ranked No. 1 at his position and No. 5 overall in the nation per the 247Sports composite, Parsons would be a steal for Miami, who is trying to land another defensive lineman.

Ohio State has gotten one visit and Nebraska is this weekend. He’s also considering the Nittany Lions once again. It seems as if Alabama and Georgia will get his other two official visits, although he’s also mentioned the Hurricanes, Florida State, Florida and Southern California in the past.

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:

  • QB: 0/1
  • RB: 2/3 (Lingard, Davis)
  • TE: 2/2 (Jordan, Mallory)
  • WR: 3/4 (Pope, Hightower, Wiggins)
  • OL: 3/4 (Reed, Scaife, Campbell)
  • DL: 2/4 (Silvera, Rousseau)
  • ILB: 0/0
  • OLB: 0/1
  • CB: 4/4 (Blades, Jobe, Frierson, Ivey)
  • S: 1/1 (Hall)
  • K: 1/1 (Baxa)
  • P: 0/0

Geographical breakdown

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)
  • Texas: 1 (Baxa)

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