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Mike Rumph makes good impression on Chris Steele, family
Chris Steele still doesn’t have a date locked in for his first trip to Coral Gables, Fla. However, it’s not keeping Miami from being at the forefront of the 5-star cornerback’s recruitment.
Steele still says he plans to take his first unofficial visit to Miami during the coming weeks, but until then the Hurricanes are doing all they can to remain on the short list of favorites for the elite defensive back. Cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph is making a strong pitch to the entire Steele family.
“My dad and coach Rumph talk nearly every single day. He’s left a great impression not just on myself, but on my family, as well,” Steele told DieHards on Wednesday. “I’ll be out there very, very soon.”
Steele’s massive profile continues to rise this spring, which has made him a top priority for Miami even from three time zones away. The 247Sports composite rankings currently consider Steele the No. 3 cornerback and No. 31 overall player in the nation. After back-to-back defensive back MVPs at a Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Glendora, Calif., on March 4 and The Opening Los Angeles regional Sunday in Costa Mesa, Calif., Steele might rise even more.
— Scott Schrader (@Scott_Schrader) March 15, 2018
Of course, every team across the country wants to land Steele. For the Hurricanes, he could be a perfect fit.
Rumph’s personality, right now, is what stands out to Steele most. The 6-foot-1, 176-pound corner is drawn to Miami’s reputation for developing talent with swagger and the assistant coach embodies it.
“Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach like Coach Rumph? He played in the league, played at Miami,” Steele said. “He has the exact same mindset as me, he has that mindset to where — how can I word this? I was on the phone with him yesterday. I can’t say his exact words, but his words to me were basically, ‘We treat receivers like little girls.'”
Steele has been talking with just about the whole defensive staff since the Hurricanes offered Jan. 23. Safeties coach Ephraim Banda was the first to reach out to Steele and now Steele talks with defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, too.
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Visit dates across the board are in flux for Steele. The product of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., still has an official visit locked in with Oklahoma for April 14, but other dates with Louisville, Florida and LSU are now up in the air. Alabama, Texas A&M, Texas, Southern California and Oregon will try to take advantage of openings.
Steele, however, says not to read too much into his eventual official visit schedule, which could bode well for Miami. The blue-chip prospect is set to commit Sept. 27, and since the Hurricanes don’t plan on hosting spring officials there won’t be much time to get Steele in before he makes his decision. Steele is taking enough unofficial visits to feel comfortable with his options.
“Whether I take an official or not to a certain school doesn’t really mean anything,” Steele said. “That’s not really going to mean too much in my recruitment.”
Miami makes another offer for Marietta (Ga.) 2020 prospect
Miami took a backdoor route to get a presence at Marietta (Ga.) High School in the Class of 2020, and now the Hurricanes aren’t letting up.
Jermaine Burton, considered a 4-star wide receiver by 247Sports.com, transferred back home to Marietta from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this winter. Already committed to Miami by then, Burton gave the Hurricanes an immediate presence within a Georgia power.
Burton and a number of his teammates made their way to campus Monday after playing in the adidas East Coast Invitational on Sunday in Homestead, Fla. Now two new 2020 offers have come from it.
Two days after offering unranked safety Rashad Torrence, the Hurricanes sent out another offer to Arik Gilbert. He announced the offer with a tweet early Thursday.
— Arik Gilbert (@arik_gilbert) March 15, 2018
Gilbert is one of the most sought-after prospects in the 2020 class. Considered a 4-star prospect and the nation’s No. 1 athlete by 247Sports, Gilbert has more than a dozen offers with most of the nation’s premier powers involved. Georgia has positioned itself as an early favorite for the 6-4, 245 pound rising junior, who primarily plays tight end and defensive end.
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