Miami is on its way to one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, and David Wilson and the DieHards.com team are in the eye of the storm to help you track the Hurricanes. Read daily notebooks here at 10 a.m. ET Monday through Friday and follow us on Twitter for the latest Miami recruiting news.
R.J. McIntosh’s brother has Miami at the top of his list
“I already know what you’re going to ask me,” Kenny McIntosh says, unsolicited and about midway through an interview. NSU University School of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had just secured a program-altering 27-15 win against Champagnat Catholic School of Hialeah, Fla., and the 4-star athlete wants to get the obvious out of the way. His older brother plays for Miami, his father loves the Hurricanes and if he had to make a choice right now McIntosh would commit to Miami, too.
“They’re definitely at the top,” McIntosh told DieHards of the Hurricanes on Friday in Davie, Fla. “Home school. My daddy loves Miami, too.”
By all accounts, he appears to be a top priority for the Hurricanes in the Class of 2019, too. McIntosh, who plays both running back and wide receiver for NSU University, is the class’ No. 5 athlete in the 247Sports composite rankings and the No. 87 player overall. Playing only a handful of miles outside Miami Gardens, Fla., the legacy prospect could be the top running back option for the Hurricanes in the class.
This season, University is in the midst of a breakthrough campaign. The Sharks are unbeaten and McIntosh is the most important part of their offensive success. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior is averaging more than 113 rushing yards per game with 682 in six contests. He also has 12 catches for 141 yards.
McIntosh, whose older brother is Miami defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh, took his first visit to Hard Rock Stadium of the fall on Oct. 14 for the Georgia Tech game. He had a chance to talk with coach Mark Richt and running backs coach Thomas Davis on the field prior to the Hurricanes’ win, and they reinforced their interest.
“I was talking to (Richt) on the field and coach Thomas,” McIntosh said. “They love me. They want me out there so bad. They keep telling me I’m at the top of their list.”
Miami has options at running back for the next recruiting cycle, but McIntosh seems like the safest bet to wind up in Coral Gables, Fla. The South Florida product said it’s basically a two-team race right now between the Hurricanes and Ohio State, which he wants to visit early next season. Notre Dame, where McIntosh’s other brother Deon McIntosh plays running back, also occasionally checks in on the rising athlete, as does Florida State.
Miami also seems like the early favorite to land 4-star athlete Mark-Antony Richards, Ahmmon Richards’ younger brother, although the junior from Wellington (Fla.) High School seems more likely to wind up at free safety than running back. This leaves 5-star running back Noah Cain from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and 4-star running back Daniel Carter from Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School as the Hurricanes’ other tailback options. No. 8 Miami figures to go for two of the three.
Targeting McIntosh also could have the added bonus of attracting the No. 2 athlete in the class. Josh Sanguinetti, a 5-star junior, plays wide receiver and cornerback for University and is planning to take visits alongside McIntosh, including to the Hurricanes’ game against No. 9 Notre Dame at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 11.
Don’t expect a decision anytime soon, though. McIntosh said he wants to wait until his senior year to make a verbal commitment, potentially during an All-American game if the possibility arises.
Josh Sanguinetti has 3 schools in front of mind
Speaking of Sanguinetti, Miami is in good position there, too. The 5-star athlete told DieHards the Hurricanes, Buckeyes and Stanford have separated themselves in his recruitment. Sanguinetti visited Stanford during the summer and took his first game visit of the year to Miami on Saturday.
Sanguinetti plans to be back in Miami Gardens again this fall. He’ll be at Hard Rock with McIntosh next month when the Hurricanes host the Fighting Irish. Sanguinetti told DieHards he also hopes to get to Ohio State and potentially see the Cardinal play. Sanguinetti isn’t officially calling them a top 3, but it’s clear they’re ahead of the pack.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) October 21, 2017
It’s still too early to make any firm prediction about Sanguinetti, but Miami being nearby is certainly helping. There’s a good chance the only unofficial visits he takes this year will be to see the Hurricanes. If he sticks to coupling visits with McIntosh, he may not get up to Columbus until next season.
Miami also has the benefit of recruiting Sanguinetti as a two-way player. While most schools are recruiting Sanguinetti to play defensive back, the Hurricanes and Stanford are both willing to let him try going both ways. Miami could certainly use some additional depth at both wideout and safety, and Sanguinetti has the polish to be an early contributor as long as he bulks up. He has plenty of time, but at 6-2 and 170 pounds he definitely has some room to grow if he wants to stack up with Power 5 athletes.
— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) October 20, 2017
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