Miami is only a few days away from its biggest game in more than a decade. Although recruiting will be somewhat on hold until after the ACC Championship Game – the Hurricanes won’t take advantage of the contact period until after Saturday – there is news trickling out.
During this quiet period, rumors are swirling about potential commitments on the horizon. That’s the subject most of you wanted me to tackle in this week’s Miami recruiting mailbag.
As always, you have have your voice heard by either sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting at me at @DBWilson2. I also do a weekly Facebook Live on Tuesdays when I’ll take your questions in real time.
On to the mailbag:
This is a question a few of you had variations of this week. Cam’Ron Davis, a 4-star running back commit, hinted earlier this week about an unknown commitment on the horizon. Then 3-star fullback commit Realus George mentioned there could be a “surprise” pledge coming this weekend.
It’s tough to really know what kids qualify as a “surprise,” but the most logical next commitment is from Jarren Williams. The 4-star dual-threat quarterback canceled his weekend visit to Auburn and plans to early enroll. He has to make a choice soon and by all accounts the senior’s visit to Hard Rock Stadium for the Notre Dame game was excellent.
A potential surprise could be a flip from Jared Goldwire. The 3-star defensive tackle is looking to transfer from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College after one season and is committed to Louisville. The Cardinals, however, are set to host Jeremiah Jordan, another junior college defensive tackle. Louisville could be laying the groundwork for a potential Goldwire replacement after the Washington native took an official visit for the Hurricanes’ win against the Fighting Irish.
Any updates on D-tackles & linebackers for 2018? Joyner changed his profile pic to FSU, not sure if he’s interested. (Germarlon Hall via email)
I think Miami is in the mix for Patrick Joyner, particularly if Florida State loses coach Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M. The 3-star weakside defensive end visited the Hurricanes a few times this fall and Miami hasn’t turned up the pressure on Joyner, who could wind up as a linebacker at the next level. Andrew Chatfield, however, remains the most likely take for the Hurricanes as a hybrid pass rusher. The 4-star weakside defensive end has a good chance to end up at linebacker, according to Patrick Surtain, who is Chatfield’s coach at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla.
James Miller is another option worth watching. The 3-star weakside defensive end from Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., was at the Hurricanes’ home finale against Virginia and got to talk with defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on the field before the game. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior shifted to middle linebacker for Armwood this season, and if the Hurricanes offer they would become the favorite. South Florida is probably the leader.
Miami’s options at defensive tackle, meanwhile, remain open even after 4-star defensive tackle Trevor Trout committed to Southern California. Miami and the Seminoles appear to be 3-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs‘ top 2 and the Hurricanes remain in good position to get an official visit from 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday. Miami could also get an official visit from 4-star defensive tackle Michael Thompson. The Hurricanes’ defensive tackle vacancy could remain open for a while as none of these three plan to early enroll.
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