Miami recruiting mailbag: Where do Hurricanes stand with top Florida DBs?

March is here, which means one of the busiest times of the year has arrived. Miami’s men’s basketball program is in the NCAA Tournament. The Hurricanes kick off spring football practice in less than a week. And, of course, Miami recruiting is in full swing.

This week’s questions mostly centered on the defensive situation for the Hurricanes. Miami needs to reload on that side of the ball after landing a huge offensive haul in the Class of 2018. As always, if you have questions for the mailbag, you can email them to davidbwilson22@gmail.com or hit me up on Twitter at @DBWilson2. I also host a weekly Facebook Live every Tuesday when I can answer your Hurricanes questions in real-time.

On to the mailbag:

For all the angst — some of it deserved — about Miami whiffing on some of the elite South Florida defensive backs in the Class of 2018, the Hurricanes will have a chance to make up for it in the Class of 2019. No, this year’s class won’t compare to the 2018 group, but it’s suddenly shaping up to be another great year for secondary prospects in the Miami metropolitan area.

The two most important are probably 4-star cornerback Tyrique Stevenson and 4-star athlete Josh Sanguinetti, and if I had to make predictions for this class at this point I would predict both wind up in the class. Stevenson visited twice during the past month and has a great relationship with D.J. Ivey, who played with Stevenson last fall at South Dade High School in Homestead, Fla. Sanguinetti will probably choose between the Hurricanes and Stanford, and Miami can offer the cornerback more if it can effectively pitch him on the university’s academics.

The rest of the group I’d at least somewhat comfortably project in the secondary at this point contains 4-star cornerback Jaden Davis, 3-star cornerback Renardo Green, 3-star athlete Kenny Logan and potentially 4-star cornerback John Dixon. Logan, who projects as a safety, could be the class’ next commitment whenever he returns to campus, while Green is a prospect I’d liken to 3-star cornerback Nigel Bethel, who signed with the Hurricanes’ 2018 class. He may not seem like a priority now, but he has an intriguing skill set and should be someone Miami can land even with a late push. The Hurricanes only offered Dixon during February, but he already visited once.

Davis, of course, is the next most important defensive back from the Miami area. The rising senior from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will probably choose between the Hurricanes and Florida. Miami should be able to win the battle because of proximity and coaching stability.

Let’s start with the linebackers the Hurricanes already have: 3-star outside linebackers Jesiah Pierre and Samuel Brooks should stick as a pieces in the front seven, but fellow 3-star outside linebacker Diamante Howard will likely move to safety. Miami could lose five or six rotational linebackers after this season, which means the Hurricanes probably need to take four or five.

The most important names to know at this point are the three prospects from St. Thomas Aquinas. Anthony Solomon, a 4-star linebacker, will probably decide between Miami and Michigan, and the Hurricanes seem to be trending even with Clemson also in the picture. Jahmar Brown, a 3-star outside linebacker, seems like a relatively significant Miami lean at this point, although South Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Stanford are factors. Avery Huff, another 4-star linebacker, also only added his Hurricanes offer during February, so it’s probably too early to peg him to Miami.

If I had to guess a class right now — not including Howard — I’d go with Solomon, Brown, Pierre and Brooks, plus a still to-be-determined fifth. Huff will be a top option, as will 4-star Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School outside linebacker Ge’on Eaford. The Hurricanes are also in excellent early shape for 3-star weakside defensive end Jahfari Harvey, who could wind up as a linebacker.

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