Miami recruiting: 5 biggest misses in Class of 2018

The 2018 Miami recruiting class was the program’s best since 2008, and it still could have been far better. The Hurricanes lost one-time blue-chip commits who flipped elsewhere and missed on local talent which could have helped immediately.

No whiffs hurt more than these five, all of whom are from Florida and likely would have played some sort of role for Miami in 2018. These are the ones who got away for the Hurricanes:

CB Josh Jobe, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy

247Sports composite ranking: No. 14 cornerback, No. 109 overall

Size: 6-foot, 185 pounds

Where he went: Alabama

Josh Jobe, who went to Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School before transferring to Cheshire (Conn.) Academy for his senior year, spent more than two years as a Hurricanes commit before flipping to the Crimson Tide just a few days before the early signing period. He inked his national letter of intent with Alabama on Dec. 20 without even taking an official visit to Coral Gables, Fla.

The length of Jobe’s commitment, his hometown ties and his ability at a position of need made losing the 4-star cornerback particularly painful for Miami. The athlete, who also was a standout running back in high school, idolizes Sean Taylor and has drawn some comparisons to the former Hurricanes safety. The senior committed to Miami in 2015 on the day the Hurricanes became the first team to offer. Jobe’s transfer, though, meant Miami couldn’t as easily keep itself in the picture, and a potential Day 1 starter is heading to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

247Sports composite ranking: No. 13 weakside defensive end, No. 213 overall

Size: 6-3, 220 pounds

Where he went: Florida

The Hurricanes took too long to prioritize Andrew Chatfield, and it cost them. The 4-star weakside defensive end picked the Gators on National Signing Day, leaving Miami’s class of incoming defensive linemen relatively bare.

Miami waited until November to offer the edge rusher, who lives just a few minutes away from Hard Rock Stadium. Florida went through a coaching change right around the same time, seemingly vaulting the Hurricanes into the lead for the senior from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. New coach Dan Mullen made a strong pitch late, though, and Chatfield’s familiarity with Gainesville, Fla., proved to be a major difference. The defensive end also prefers to play an outside linebacker role in the Gators’ 3-4 defense rather than on the defensive line in Miami’s 4-3 alignment. It didn’t matter that the Hurricanes offered Chatfield a chance for immediate playing time.

DT Dennis Briggs, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.)

247Sports composite ranking: No. 25 defensive tackle, No. 324 overall

Size: 6-4, 250 pounds

Where he went: Florida State

It was a two-team race between Miami and Florida State for most of Dennis Briggs’ recruitment. A coaching change in Tallahassee, Fla., should have given the Hurricanes the edge, but the 4-star defensive tackle pledged to Florida State in January.

Miami missed on a handful of interior defensive linemen leading up to Signing Day — Briggs and 3-star defensive tackle Jamarcus Chatman joined the Seminoles, 4-star defensive tackle Keondre Coburn and 3-star defensive tackle Moro Ojomo signed with Texas — and whiffing on Briggs probably hurt the most. Granted, Briggs grew up a Florida State fan, but the Hurricanes still had a chance to bring in a versatile in-state defensive lineman who probably would have found playing time as a freshman in a thin unit.

CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

247Sports composite ranking: No. 1 cornerback, No. 6 overall

Size: 6-2, 190 pounds

Where he went: Alabama

Miami didn’t seem like a major suitor for Patrick Surtain Jr. until just before National Signing Day. It’s probably the Hurricanes’ own fault, though. The 5-star cornerback said until he visited Miami Gardens, Fla., for a Hurricanes game during November, he wasn’t hearing from Miami as much as he would’ve liked. He took three more visits between then and Signing Day — including an official — but it just was too late of a push.

Whatever happened, the Hurricanes’ inability to be a long-term factor in the defensive back’s recruitment left a major sting on Signing Day, when Miami missed on three of its four major targets from American Heritage. The Hurricanes are now searching for a starting cornerback after defensive back Malek Young’s career-ending neck injury, and Surtain likely would have been the front-runner to win the job.

CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

247Sports composite ranking: No. 2 cornerback, No. 12 overall

Size: 6-2, 185 pounds

Where he went: Georgia

A case can be made for Tyson Campbell being Miami’s biggest miss of the 2018 cycle. The 5-star cornerback, like Surtain, played for Hurricanes cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph when Rumph was American Heritage’s coach. Unlike Surtain, who was born in Kansas City, Campbell truly identifies South Florida as his home. Campbell took his only game visit this fall to Hard Rock Stadium for Miami’s win against Notre Dame. The Hurricanes had every chance to make a strong impression.

Also like Surtain, Campbell occasionally didn’t list Miami among the schools recruiting him hardest. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, his other two finalists, were instead always on the list, and the Hurricanes let another top prospect from the Miami metropolitan area head elsewhere. With Young’s injury, Campbell is another prospect who would’ve been on track for a starting job with the Hurricanes.

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