Miami recruiting: Latest updates on the Hurricanes’ next class

The 2018 Miami recruiting class sits at 19 commitments with just two months remaining until the early signing period in December. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the Class of 2018 was John Campbell, a 3-star offensive tackle from Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Fla.), who announced his pledge in July.

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. After a recent re-evaluation on the 247Sports composite, Miami has 14 4-star prospects, tied for second-most in the country with Texas and behind Ohio State.

Latest news

The Hurricanes seem to have zeroed in on a tackle to round out the offensive line in the Class of 2018. Miami only offered Jalen Goss a couple of weeks ago, and already the 3-star tackle plans to take an official visit. The Hurricanes need to grab one more offensive lineman in this class, and Goss is a logical pick. Miami is also getting to work on the Class of 2019 offensive line. Michael Tarquin, a 4-star tackle, took an unofficial visit to see the Hurricanes on Saturday and wants to make a college choice relatively soon.

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

Miami is still owning the state

Goss becomes priority at tackle, plans to take official visit to see Hurricanes

Miami continues to work on flipping 3-star defensive end Patrick Joyner from Florida State

Defensive end commit Gregory Rousseau plans to enroll early with Hurricanes

Miami’s target list for front seven grows

Legacy 4-star strongside defensive end George Karlaftis plans to commit Friday

Hurricanes solidify wide receiver group

Tarquin makes return trip to Miami

Lorenzo Lingard goes off again for University High School of Orange City, Fla.

Cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph watches 5-star cornerback target Tyson Campbell

Offers by the numbers

Reported offers: 182

5-star offers: 18

4-star offers: 102

In-state recruits offered: 71

Georgia recruits offered: 25

Texas recruits offered: 14

Louisiana recruits offered: 8

Commits

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

5 top uncommitted targets

3-star DT Dennis Briggs, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.)

Dennis Briggs is taking his time with his recruitment, although things could speed up. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman dropped a top-10 list during the summer, and he has said the Hurricanes and Florida State are his favorites. Campbell said Briggs is leaning toward joining him.

Briggs is the No. 33 defensive tackle in the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s already made two trips to Tallahassee, Fla., to see the Seminoles and was at Doak Campbell Stadium when Miami ended its losing streak. The senior hasn’t been to Hard Rock Stadium yet, but Briggs did attend a Hurricanes practice in Orlando after Hurricane Irma.

4-star DT Trevor Trout, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis)

Trevor Trout is one of two main options Miami has to fill the opening at defensive tackle in this class. The 6-3, 300-pound two-way tackle is the No. 4 player in Missouri and named the Hurricanes one of his six finalists along with Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Southern California and UCLA.

Trout, the No. 186 player in the country and No. 16 at his position, would be only Miami’s third commit in this class to never play a high school down in Florida. The Bruins and Trojans seem to be the early leaders, though. Trout already has taken one official visit to Los Angeles to see UCLA and plans to use his second official for a return trip to see USC.

3-star RB Abraham Alce, Immokalee (Fla.)

The Hurricanes already have two blue-chip running backs locked in with Lorenzo Lingard and Cam’Ron Davis. Alce makes sense because of his versatility. He splits carries three ways for Immokalee High School, which means he does more than carry the ball. He’s also a standout on special teams, defense and as a blocker.

Miami won’t target just any running back in this class. The pitch to the 6-foot, 224-pound senior will involve him contributing as a fullback. Other suitors could give Alce, the nation’s No. 73 running back, an opportunity as a more traditional tailback, but the Hurricanes got the first visit of Alce’s senior year in September.

5-star DE Micah Parsons, Harrisburg (Pa.)

A trio of Big Ten schools look like the frontrunners for Micah Parsons, a former Penn State commit. However, the 6-3, 235-pound defensive end, who also stars as a running back in high school, has considered taking an official visit to see Miami. Ranked No. 1 at his position and No. 5 overall, Parsons would be a steal for the Hurricanes, who are trying to land another defensive lineman.

Ohio State and Nebraska have gotten the first two official visits, and he’s taken an unofficial to see the Nittany Lions. It seems Alabama and Georgia will get his other two official visits, although he’s also mentioned Miami, Florida State, Florida and USC in the past.

4-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation)

Tyson Campbell is the Hurricanes’ best chance left to make a blue-chip splash in the Class of 2018. The 6-2, 185-pound cornerback played for Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph when Rumph was the coach at American Heritage School in South Florida. Nesta 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 and plans to be in Miami Gardens on Nov. 11 when the No. 8 Hurricanes host No. 16 Notre Dame. Miami has pushed its way back toward the front after Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State seemingly had taken the lead.

Position breakdown

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

  • QB: 1/1 (Sitkowski)
  • RB: 2/3 (Lingard, Davis)
  • TE: 2/2 (Jordan, Mallory)
  • WR: 3/4 (Pope, Hightower, Wiggins)
  • OL: 3/4 (Reed, Scaife, Campbell)
  • DL: 2/4 (Silvera, Rousseau)
  • ILB: 0/0
  • OLB: 0/0
  • CB: 4/4 (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, Sitkowski, Pope, Blades, Hightower, Hall, Frierson, Davis, Mallory, Reed, Silvera, Scaife, Wiggins, Campbell, Rousseau, Ivey)
  • Nevada: 1 (Jordan)
  • Connecticut: 1 (Jobe)
  • Texas: 1 (Baxa)

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