Miami recruiting mailbag: Predicting the Hurricanes’ defensive backs class

One of the busiest weeks of Miami recruiting in some time happened to coincide with the two biggest games of the regular season for the No. 7 Hurricanes. Miami is lining up a loaded group of visitors this weekend after already hosting a star-studded crop last weekend. As always, I let you dictate the discussion Wednesday.

The defensive backs group remains a spot of major intrigue, as does the Hurricanes’ new opening at quarterback. We’ll get to all that, but first a quick reminder: If you want your question answered you can either hit me up on Twitter at @DBWilson2 or email me at davidbwilson22@gmail.com. I also do a weekly Facebook Live on Tuesday’s when I can answer your questions in real time.

Now on to the mailbag:

The good news for Miami fans is Tyson Campbell plans to be at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday for the Hurricanes’ game against No. 3 Notre Dame. It will be the 5-star cornerback’s first game visit of the fall after an injury during his game Friday kept him from visiting top-ranked Georgia last Saturday. Campbell also attended a Miami practice in Coral Gables, Fla., last month.

Of course, his visits are the product of proximity. It’s not like he can get out to see the Bulldogs or No. 2 Alabama practice whenever he wants. It’s probably irresponsible to look too much into the Hurricanes getting the first visits beyond just viewing them as evidence he’s interested in Miami.

The 247Sports crystal ball has pointed in the Hurricanes’ favor for a while, and my pick right now would be “cloudy.” It appears to be an even race between Miami, Georgia and the Crimson Tide with Ohio State lingering, as well. The September class prediction I made included Campbell. The October one didn’t.

His top priorities are a chance to win and early playing time. All of his top choices offer those possibilities, so the Hurricanes’ chances could come down to whether he wants to stay near home for school. Miami is doing a good job building a pipeline from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., though, with 4-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera already committed and 4-star weakside defensive end Andrew Chatfield interested in the Hurricanes. That can only help Miami’s case for the nation’s No. 3 cornerback, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The Hurricanes also could get 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., another of Campbell’s teammates, out to Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday.

Fortunately for the Hurricanes, Campbell is a luxury. Miami has five defensive backs committed, including four 4-star prospects. Campbell would elevate arguably the country’s best incoming crop of defensive backs. Remaining at the top, however, hinges on keeping everyone together.

Josh Jobe, a 4-star cornerback, and 4-star safety Gurvan Hall have had the most chatter about flipping, although 4-star cornerback Gilbert Frierson is a slim threat to do so, too. Of the three, Jobe remains the biggest threat to flip, although I think all three stick around. Let’s go one by one.

  • Josh Jobe, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy: Jobe previously played for Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School and is spending his senior season in Connecticut. He’s missing his regular season finale this weekend to be in Miami Gardens on Saturday. He’ll visit Alabama and No. 21 Michigan, although the Hurricanes remain the team to beat because of the established relationships.
  • Gurvan Hall, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Community: Hall’s odds of flipping probably plummeted when Florida ousted coach Jim McElwain. The Gators had become more aggressive than the Crimson Tide in Hall’s recruitment and the senior planned to officially visit both. Hall isn’t one of Alabama’s top priorities, so between the Crimson Tide’s softening and Florida’s turmoil, Miami seems to be in good shape to hold on with Hall planning to early enroll.
  • Gilbert Frierson, Coral Gables Senior: Georgia is the biggest threat here and the Bulldogs could turn up the pressure depending on how Campbell leans. There’s not a ton of time left, though. Frierson plans to early enroll and says all the right things about his hometown team. The senior spent every weekend of October watching the Hurricanes either practice or play and he’ll be back at Hard Rock on Saturday.

Hall and Frierson feel close to locks to stick with Miami. The official visits could sway Jobe, although it’s a good sign the senior is taking his only game visit to see his hometown team play.

The top target right now in the Class of 2018 is 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams. The Kentucky commit had a monster season for Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga., and now has a long line of suitors beyond the Wildcats. Quarterbacks coach Jon Richt went to watch Williams play Friday and apparently it left a strong impression – the senior is taking his first official visit to see the Hurricanes play Saturday.

While Williams is the top priority, Miami knows better than to focus on only one quarterback this late. Casey Thompson, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback committed to Texas, should be the other focus right now. He’s the only quarterback with an offer, other than recent de-commit Artur Sitkowski, who has visited the Hurricanes. Thompson is only the second highest rated quarterback commit in the Longhorns’ class, which could make him easier to flip than some other top prospects.

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