The next few days are shaping up to be the most important Miami recruiting weekend of the Mark Richt era. With a loaded list of expected visitors and a chance for the No. 7 Hurricanes to make a national splash with a win against No. 3 Notre Dame, there are a lot of names to watch
Unofficial visits can change at the last minute, but Hard Rock Stadium is set to be loaded with 4- and 5-star prospects, including some committed elsewhere. Here are the names and faces to keep track of in Miami Gardens, Fla., this weekend:
5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Tyson Campbell has a loaded list of favorites and the Hurricanes are getting the first game visit of his senior year. The 5-star cornerback was supposed to visit top-ranked Georgia last Saturday, but an injury kept him from making the trip to Athens, Ga. Campbell has visited one Sunday practice in Coral Gables, Fla., so Miami will get another crack at making a strong impression on the in-state defensive back. He also plans to visit Alabama and Ohio State.
5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage
It’s not a surprise Campbell is making his way to Hard Rock, but it is for Patrick Surtain Jr. is. The 5-star cornerback left the Hurricanes out of his top 6 and is thought to have Florida State and LSU at the top of his list. Surtain’s father, former All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain, was in attendance for Miami’s 28-10 win against then-No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday, though, and at least four of Surtain’s American Heritage School teammates expect to be in Miami Gardens on Saturday, including Campbell and 4-star Hurricanes defensive tackle commit Nesta Silvera. The Crimson Tide, Buckeyes and Clemson are also in Surtain’s top 6.
4-star CB Josh Jobe, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy
Josh Jobe is probably Miami’s biggest threat to flip, so it’s a positive sign the Hurricanes are getting the lone game visit of Jobe’s senior year. The 4-star cornerback is originally from Miami, but is spending his senior year as a defensive back and wide receiver for Cheshire Academy. It hasn’t been easy for the Hurricanes to get face time with him this fall, though they seem to have a significant leg up on Alabama and Michigan.
4-star S Gurvan Hall, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Community
Gurvan Hall is another of Miami’s flip threats and although the coaching change at Florida has quelled the threat a bit the Hurricanes have been doing good work on him anyway. The 4-star safety’s visit Saturday will be his second to Miami in as many weeks. The Crimson Tide is probably the biggest threat here given the Gators’ coaching turmoil.
4-star CB Gilbert Frierson, Coral Gables Senior
Georgia is pushing for Gilbert Frierson, but the 4-star cornerback has become a staple at Hard Rock Stadium. The visit Saturday will be his third in four weeks, and he continues to say the right things about the Hurricanes.
4-star QB Jarren Williams, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Miami didn’t take long to pick out a new quarterback after 4-star pro-style quarterback Artur Sitkowski flipped to Rutgers. Two days after Sitkowski flipped, Hurricanes quarterbacks coach Jon Richt went up to Georgia to watch Jarren Williams play. A few days after that, the 4-star dual-threat quarterback locked in an official visit with Miami. The senior is committed to Kentucky, but he’s considering pitches from the Hurricanes, Ohio State and Auburn.
3-star FB Realus George, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
Miami has emerged as the frontrunner for Realus George since offering him last month. Although rated by the 247Sports composite rankings as an inside linebacker, George would play fullback for the Hurricanes. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see George commit after this visit.
5-star ATH Josh Sanguinetti (2019), NSU University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Josh Sanguinetti is the headlining Class of 2019 prospect, and while he isn’t near a decision, Miami can make an impression. Sanguinetti, who plays both wide receiver and cornerback, said he also wants to visit the Buckeyes and Stanford this year, although that will be tough.
4-star ATH Kenny McIntosh (2019), NSU University
Kenny McIntosh, a running back and wide receiver, has rooting interests on both sides. RJ McIntosh, one of his brothers, is a star defensive lineman for the Hurricanes. Deon McIntosh, another brother, is a contributing running back for the Fighting Irish. Still, the 4-star athlete from NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., told Andrew Ivins of 247Sports he’ll be rooting for the Hurricanes. He has a long list of suitors including Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame.
4-star WR Frank Ladson (2019), South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
Frank Ladson will take his third visit to Miami in four weeks and second since coach Jim McElwain was ousted at Florida. The 4-star Gators wide receiver commit is one of the Hurricanes’ top flip priorities, and he spent the opening round of the playoffs Thursday wearing a Miami wristband.
4-star ATH Mark Richards (2019), Wellington (Fla.)
The younger brother of Hurricanes wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, Mark Richards spends most Miami games in the stands, so this isn’t a surprise. The 4-star athlete, who plays both running back and free safety, is one of Miami’s most important junior targets.
4-star CB Jaden Davis (2019), St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Jaden Davis has the Hurricanes and Florida as co-favorites, although he’s been at Miami more often this fall. The visit on Saturday will be the third straight home game the 4-star cornerback has attended. Hurricanes cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph watched the junior in person last Friday.
4-star DE Khris Bogle (2019), Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)
Khris Bogle’s recruitment is wide open, but this will be the 4-star weakside defensive end’s second visit to Hard Rock of the season. Some consider the defensive end a Florida State lean, and the junior has also spoken highly of Clemson and Georgia Tech. Miami has a chance to create separation Saturday.
4-star RB Don Chaney Jr. (2020), Belen Jesuit Prep (Miami)
South Carolina and the Gators are early factors in Don Chaney Jr.’s recruitment. The 4-star running back clearly has a soft spot for the hometown school, though. The sophomore plans to be in Miami Gardens for the Hurricanes’ fourth straight home game.
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