The 2018 Miami recruiting class sits at 19 commitments with less than three months remaining before the early signing period in December. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the Class of 2018 was John Campbell, a 3-star offensive lineman 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. 4 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC. One of the commits is a 5-star recruit, and 13 are 4-star prospects. Miami’s number of 4-star commits is tied for the most in the country with Texas.
The Hurricanes sent out two more offers this week and it looks like Miami is committing to grab another defensive end or linebacker. The Hurricanes don’t have any linebackers and only have one end locked in with 3-star weakside defensive end Gregory Rousseau, who primarily has played wide receiver and safety for Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Fla. Miami put two more weakside ends on the board Thursday with offers to 4-star prospect Elijah Wade and 3-star North Carolina commit Chris Collins.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 180
5-star offers: 18
4-star offers: 100
In-state recruits offered: 71
Georgia recruits offered: 25
Texas recruits offered: 14
Louisiana recruits offered: 8
- RB Lorenzo Lingard, 5 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.)
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 during the summer and says the Hurricanes and Florida State are his favorites. Campbell said Briggs is leaning toward joining him.
Briggs is the No. 30 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018. He’s already made two trips to Tallahassee, Fla., to see Florida State and was at Doak Campbell when Miami ended its losing streak to the Seminoles. He hasn’t been to Hard Rock Stadium yet, but Briggs did attend a Hurricanes practice in Orlando after Hurricane Irma.
3-star RB Abraham Alce, Immokalee (Fla.)
Miami already has two blue-chip running backs locked in with Lingard and 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.
The Hurricanes won’t target just any running back in this class. Their pitch to the 6-foot, 224-pound Alce 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 Miami got the first visit of Alce’s senior year last month.
4-star DT Trevor Trout, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis)
Trevor Trout is one of two options the Hurricanes have to fill its opening at defensive tackle in this class. The 6-3, 300-pound tackle is the No. 4 player in Missouri and named Miami as one of his six finalists along with Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, USC 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 frontrunners, though. Trout has already taken one official visit to Los Angeles to see UCLA and plans to use his second official for a return trip to see USC.
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 the Hurricanes. Ranked No. 1 at his position and No. 5 overall in the nation per the 247Sports composite rankings, Parsons would be a steal for Miami, who is trying to land another defensive lineman.
Ohio State has gotten one visit and Nebraska is this weekend He’s also considering the Nittany Lions once again. It seems as if Alabama and Georgia will get his other two official visits, although he’s also mentioned the Hurricanes, Florida State, Florida and Southern California in the past.
5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation)
Tyson Campbell is Miami’s best chance left to make a blue-chip splash in the Class of 2018. The 6-2, 185-pound cornerback played for Hurricanes 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 Miami.
Campbell is the nation’s No. 3 cornerback. The 247Sports Crystal Ball lists 44 percent of its predictions pegging Miami as the favorite. He’s planning to be at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 11 when the No. 11 Hurricanes host No. 16 Notre Dame.
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: 0/1
- OLB: 0/0
- CB: 4/4 (Blades, Jobe, Frierson, Ivey)
- S: 1/1 (Hall)
- K: 1/1 (Baxa)
- P: 0/0
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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