National Signing Day may be two months away, but the busiest week of the Miami recruiting calendar has arrived. The new early signing period is only a week away and the Hurricanes should have at least a dozen of their commits sign National Letters of Intent.
It should be a triumphant day for Miami, which will hit the new year with a recruiting class ranked in the top 5 and a group of early signees which would give the Hurricanes an elite class even if they somehow didn’t ink another player in the winter.
There will, of course, be surprises on the horizon and some of the uncertainties before the signing period are what you were asking about. As always, you can get involved by emailing me at email@example.com or hitting me up on Twitter at @DBWilson2.
On to the mailbag:
Over/Under set at 26 on Josh Jobe questions
— GLH2 (@11TwelvePassion) December 12, 2017
Josh Jobe is the elephant in the room right now for Miami’s Class of 2018. We have him listed as a commit. Everyone does. But he’s not coming to Coral Gables, Fla., this weekend with other members of the Hurricanes’ incoming class. If you’re into reading the Twitter tea leaves, then it’s clear Alabama is in the front of his mind from his social media postings alone.
While most of his fellow Miami 2018 commits will be on their official visits to see the Hurricanes, Jobe will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala. At a time when most of Miami’s next class is getting ready to sign their National Letters of Intent, Jobe told 247Sports that Alabama has a “120-percent chance” of flipping him. The Crimson Tide’s coaching staff is also making more frequent trips up to Connecticut, where Jobe is enrolled at Cheshire Academy, than the Hurricanes.
There’s no question Jobe is the biggest flip threat and he could go from being a Miami commit to an Alabama signee in a matter of days. While the 4-star cornerback isn’t on track to early enroll, he does plan to sign as early as Wednesday as part of the new early signing period.
Losing Jobe would be a tough blow – his combination of size and speed makes him a candidate for early playing time and gives him a chance to be a special player – but the Hurricanes can survive. Miami is in good position to land 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell, and will try to host official visits for 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. and 4-star cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. in January. The Hurricanes also plan to host 3-star cornerback Nigel Bethel and 3-star safety John Huggins as a potential fallback plans in January. If Miami can land one of those first three, it will boast one of the strongest incoming groups of defensive backs in the country.
Out of the great group of guys, which prospect if lost will hurt UM the most? (@ThatSmoothKidT2 via Twitter)
Jobe is the only current commit I think the Hurricanes have a chance of losing at this point, but this is an interesting hypothetical to consider. Losing Jobe hurts, but not as much as losing a top guy at another position might because of how deep Miami’s class is in the secondary.
The obvious answer is probably the correct one. The Hurricanes couldn’t afford to miss on 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams because of how difficult it can be to replace a quarterback late during the cycle. Sure, Miami could have made a stronger move to flip 4-star dual-threat quarterback Casey Thompson from Texas or made a push for 4-star dual-threat quarterback James Foster. Williams is on a different level than those two prospects, though, and can push quarterback Malik Rosier immediately.
The other most important members of this class are 5-star running back Lorenzo Lingard, 4-star tight end Brevin Jordan, 4-star wide receiver Mark Pope and 4-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera. Lingard is the lone 5-star in the class and a potential superstar. Jordan could be Miami’s starting tight end from Day 1 and either way will let the Hurricanes unlock more two tight end sets. Pope is arguably the most talented offensive player in the class and should be an ideal replacement for wide receiver Braxton Berrios. And Silvera is the only commit at a major position of need and could be on track for a starting role if defensive linemen RJ McIntosh or Kendrick Norton head to the NFL.
Speaking of openings at defensive tackle, Jared Goldwire remains a target because of how perfect the 3-star defensive tackle could fit on next year’s roster. It’s tough to know how good a chance Miami has at flipping the Louisville commit because he doesn’t do interviews. The junior college prospect, who is playing his freshman season at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, took an official visit to Miami for its win against then-No. 3 Notre Dame in November. A few days later, the Cardinals offered another JUCO defensive lineman.
Of course, the Hurricanes are keeping their options open, too. They hosted 3-star strongside defensive end Daniel Carson for an official visit this past weekend and hope to bring 4-star defensive tackle Michael Thompson down for an official sometime in January. Miami is also in the top 5 for Tyler Friday, although the 4-star defensive tackle is taking an official visit to see the Crimson Tide this weekend after leaving Alabama off his list in November. Goldwire’s choice feels close to a toss-up. He’ll sign next week and early enroll at the school of his choice.
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