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Miami still owns the Sunshine State
The monthly Class of 2018 Florida recruiting rankings from SEC Country, our sister site, were released Thursday and for the third straight month Miami’s presence in the state’s top 20 is unparalleled. The Hurricanes possess three of the top 20 prospects in the state, including the No. 3 player overall. Florida is the only other school with multiple players on the list, which is compiled by Zach Abolverdi, who covers the Gators.
The actual 20 players on the list r emain unchanged from a month ago, with just a handful of players being bumped up or down slightly within the top 20. Lorenzo Lingard, the nation’s No. 2 running back in the 247Sports composite rankings, is the highest-ranked Miami commit on the list and the highest-ranked committed player. He’s at No. 3 for the second straight month. Mark Pope, a 4-star wide receiver from Miami Southridge High School, also holds steady at No. 8, as does 4-star safety Gurvan Hall at No. 18. The only Hurricanes commit to move this month is 4-star cornerback Al Blades Jr., who dropped from No. 12 to No. 14.
Half the list is still uncommitted and Miami has a chance to land another member of the top 5. Tyson Campbell, a 5-star cornerback, checks in at No. 4 and is planning to visit the No. 8 Hurricanes next month when they host No. 13 Notre Dame. Miami is also still doing a bit of work on 4-star wide receiver Xavier Williams, an Alabama commit and the No. 17 player on the list. The Hurricanes also watched 4-star weakside defensive end Andrew Chatfield, the No. 19 player, last Friday.
Florida is still the biggest threat to catch Miami in terms of top-20 commitments. The Gators already have 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland, the No. 5 player, and 3-star safety Randy Russell, who checks in at No. 16. Florida is still in the mix for 4-star offensive tackles Nicholas Petit-Frere, William Barnes and Richard Gouraige — all of whom are on the list — and among the front runners for Chatfield and 4-star safety Tyreke Johnson.
Florida is obviously a talent-laden state, but to me there’s still one obvious omission. Nesta Silvera, a 4-star defensive tackle committed to the Hurricanes, has been dominant this season for American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. The senior had 4 sacks during his most recent game.
Cam Davis advances in Under Armour All-America voting
Miami already has four players heading to the Under Armour All-America Game in January, and now the Hurricanes are one step closer to getting a fifth.
Cam’Ron Davis, a 4-star running back from Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami Gardens, advanced to the second round of voting for one of the final two spots in the Under Armour Game. The senior earned 54 percent of the vote in his head-to-head matchup with 3-star running back Fabian Franklin of Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School and is now up against 4-star strongside defensive end Malcolm Lamar of Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla.
The voting began with 32 players duking it out in a series of two-week polls. Now down to 16, Davis needs to win three more head-to-head votes to crack the top two and earn a trip to Orlando.
Davis is off to a somewhat underwhelming statistical start to the year for Miami Carol City Senior, but the Chiefs once again are among the best teams in South Florida. Hurricanes fans can help get Davis a spot in the game by voting on an online poll. Voting for the current round ends Nov. 1.
If Davis earns a spot, he’ll join Hall, 4-star tight end Brevin Jordan and 4-star guards Cleveland Reed and Delone Scaife as Miami commits in the All-America Game. The Hurricanes will also be represented by Lingard, Silvera, Pope, Blades, 4-star wide receiver Brian Hightower and 4-star cornerback Josh Jobe at January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Miami is already looking ahead to the Class of 2020
Miami has already made one major splash in the Class of 2020 by landing 5-star athlete Avantae Williams, and the Hurricanes’ list of offers continues to creep near 25.
During the past few weeks, Miami’s board has publicly grown to 24 players. The latest offer went out Tuesday to Jo’Quavious Marks, an unranked running back from The New Schools at Carver in Atlanta. Marks also picked up an offer from Florida the same day. The 5-foot-11, 184 pound sophomore may not yet have any stars next to his name, but his list of offers is star-studded. Syracuse, the Crimson Tide, South Carolina and Kansas State have also pulled the trigger on the rising star.
— Joquavious marks (@JoquaviousMarks) October 17, 2017
Marks’ offer is the only one to actually go out this month, however, 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins uncovered another 2020 offer earlier this month. Jalen Carter, an unranked strongside defensive end from Apopka (Fla.) High School, said he picked up an offer from the Hurricanes during the summer. Miami is Carter’s only public offer.
It’s way too early to know how much these offers mean, but this feels like a good time to check in on where things stand way down the road. The offers to Marks and Carter suggest a trend for priorities in the class. Both players are the third at their position to pick up Miami offers in the cycle. The Hurricanes are already among the front runners for 5-star running back Don Chaney Jr. of Miami’s Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and 4-star strongside defensive end Tre’von Riggins of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Quarterbacks are another early trend for the Hurricanes in the class, specifically those of the pro-style variety. Miami has sent out offers to three pro-style quarterbacks. The most notable name on the list is 4-star prospect Max Johnson, who is the son of former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson and the nephew of Miami coach Mark Richt.
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