Miami recruiting: Latest updates on Hurricanes’ next class

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The 2018 Miami recruiting class sits at 21 commitments with less than a week remaining before the early signing period. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the Class of 2018 is Jarren Williams, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) High School, who announced his pledge last week.

It’s possible Miami’s class won’t wind up much larger. The Hurricanes have 13 seniors on the 2017 roster, so there’s not much room for the Class of 2018 to expand without attrition.

Here’s a glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:

Where Miami’s class ranks

The Hurricanes’ 2018 class is ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC by the 247Sports composite. One of the commits is a 5-star recruit, and 14 are 4-star prospects. Miami’s number of 4-star commits is third most in the country behind Ohio State and Texas.

Latest news

The Hurricanes are kicking off their biggest official visit weekend of the winter as 19 committed members of Miami’s incoming class are planning to be on campus and a good chunk of the group will then sign their national letters of intent during the early signing period. Once the No. 11 Hurricanes are through this week, they’ll shift their attention to lining up more official visits. Miami already has multiple defensive backs, an offensive lineman and an athlete locked in to make their official trips during January.

In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest Hurricanes recruiting headlines:

Miami lines up official visits with 3-star defensive backs John Huggins and Nigel Bethel

Hurricanes brace for 4-star cornerback Josh Jobe to flip

Marcus Crowley gives Miami ideal skill set at running back in 2019

Hurricanes secure walk-on commitment from unranked wide receiver Will Huggins

Miami rides coach Mark Richt’s Georgia roots to National Signing Day

Unranked athlete Marc Britt gives the Hurricanes an early local presence in 2020

Miami hosts 3-star defensive ends Daniel Carson, Chris Collins for official visits

Dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams’ experience at The Opening led him to the Hurricanes

Miami strengthens already-elite Class of 2020

Four future Hurricanes win Florida state championships

Williams is ready to join Miami as early enrollee

Britt becomes the Hurricanes’ third commitment in 2020

Defensive tackle Nesta Silvera dons turnover chain during state championship

Miami recruiting commits and targets shine on major stage in Orlando

Offers by the numbers

Reported offers: 183

5-star offers: 18

4-star offers: 103

In-state recruits offered: 70

Georgia recruits offered: 27

Texas recruits offered: 14

Louisiana recruits offered: 8


  • RB Lorenzo Lingard, 5 stars, University (Orange City, Fla.)
  • CB Al Blades Jr., 4 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • WR Mark Pope, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
  • TE Brevin Jordan, 4 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
  • CB Josh Jobe, 4 stars, Cheshire Academy (Cheshire, Conn.)
  • QB Jarren Williams 4 stars, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
  • S Gurvan Hall, 4 stars, Palm Beach Gardens Community (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
  • RB Cam’Ron Davis, 4 stars, Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
  • DT Nesta Silvera, 4 stars, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
  • WR Brian Hightower, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • G Delone Scaife, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
  • CB Gilbert Frierson, 4 stars, Coral Gables Senior (Coral Gables, Fla.)
  • TE Will Mallory, 4 stars, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • G Cleveland Reed, 4 stars, Fort Meade Middle-Senior (Fort Meade, Fla.)
  • CB D.J. Ivey, 4 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
  • WR Daquris Wiggins, 3 stars, Miami Southridge
  • DE Gregory Rousseau, 3 stars, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)
  • T John Campbell, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)
  • DE Patrick Joyner, 3 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
  • FB Realus George, 3 stars, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
  • K Bubba Baxa, 3 stars, Pasadena Memorial (Pasadena, Texas)

5 top uncommitted targets

5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Campbell is the Hurricanes’ best chance left to make a blue-chip splash in the Class of 2018. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback played for Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph when Rumph was the coach at American Heritage School. Silvera, one of Campbell’s teammates, has shut down his recruitment to lock in with the Hurricanes.

Campbell is the nation’s No. 3 cornerback in the 247Sports composite rankings. Sixty-three percent of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions point toward Miami. He was at Hard Rock Stadium to see the Hurricanes pound Notre Dame 41-8 on Nov. 11.

4-star WDE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage

Chatfield waited a long time to get his Miami offer and now he’s at the top of the list for defensive end targets in the class. Even before the Hurricanes extended an offer to Chatfield last month, the 6-3, 220-pound pass rusher was a staple on the sidelines in Miami Gardens.

The former Ohio State commit once looked like a Florida lean, although he was always waiting to see if his hometown team would offer. Landing Chatfield would further solidify the Hurricanes’ growing pipeline from one of the nation’s best high school teams.

4-star ATH Marquez Ezzard, Stockbridge (Ga.)

Miami would like to add a fourth wide receiver to its class and Ezzard has emerged as the most likely option. Wide receivers coach Ron Dugans went up to Georgia for an in-home visit with the 6-2, 195-pound athlete and Ezzard, who plays both wide receiver and free safety, has lined up an official visit for the weekend of Jan. 19.

Ezzard is a former Florida State commit and could be a rare de-commit who winds up back with the school he once scorned. The senior took an official visit to Oregon in November and a few weeks later coach Willie Taggart left the Ducks for the Seminoles. Ezzard has also lined up an official visit to Mississippi.

5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage

The nation’s top cornerback didn’t include the Hurricanes in his top 6, but that isn’t stopping Miami from pushing for him. The son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain took an unofficial visit to Hard Rock to watch the game against the Fighting Irish. The elder Surtain was also in attendance a week earlier against then-No. 13 Virginia Tech.

Pulling in the 6-2, 187-pound defensive back would be a massive coup and the Hurricanes are fighting an uphill battle. But if Miami keeps winning and pulling in commitments from some of Surtain’s teammates, he may have reason to think twice.

5-star OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

The Hurricanes are still a long shot for the newly minted 5-star senior. Miami still needs another tackle in this class and Petit-Frere is the best one available in Florida. The Hurricanes will try to make a push between now and National Signing Day.

At 6-6 and 272 pounds, Petit-Frere has a loaded list of suitors, including Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame and Michigan. There’s no guarantee Miami will get an official visit, but there’s still time for the Hurricanes to make a move.

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:

  • QB: 1/1 (Williams)
  • RB: 2/2 (Lingard, Davis)
  • FB: 1/1 (George)
  • TE: 2/2 (Jordan, Mallory)
  • WR: 3/4 (Pope, Hightower, Wiggins)
  • OL: 3/4 (Scaife, Reed, Campbell)
  • DL: 3/4 (Silvera, Rousseau, Joyner)
  • ILB: 0/0
  • OLB: 0/1
  • CB: 4/5 (Blades, Jobe, Frierson, Ivey)
  • S: 1/1 (Hall)
  • K: 1/1 (Baxa)
  • P: 0/0

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Miami’s commits by state:

  • Florida: 16 (Lingard, Blades, Pope, Hall, Davis, Silvera, Hightower, Scaife, Frierson, Mallory, Reed, Ivey, Wiggins, Rousseau, Campbell, Joyner)
  • Nevada: 1 (Jordan)
  • Connecticut: 1 (Jobe)
  • Georgia: 1 (Williams, George)
  • Texas: 1 (Baxa)

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