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Lorenzo Lingard receives Army All-American honor
Lorenzo Lingard was in eighth grade the first time he remembers watching the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was a long way from becoming the Class of 2018’s No. 2 running back in the 247Sports composite rankings and even farther away from playing in the game, but he made it his goal.
On Wednesday, he got a taste of the All-American experience. The 5-star running back received his honorary U.S. Army All-American jersey at University High School in Orange City, Fla., as part of the Army All-American Bowl’s selection tour.
“I’m just trying to be a positive role model to the kids in my area,” Lingard said. “I have a lot of support from them. I want to show them what hard work can do and also be a leader for my state by playing in this game.”
Lingard is the prized prospect in Miami’s current class. He’s the Hurricanes’ lone 5-star currently committed, and the highest ranked by a significant margin.
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He’s also one of Miami’s most important figureheads of the class. Last month, Lingard became the latest future Hurricane to tweet he’s “1,000-percent committed,” but there was never a doubt he’d waver. Lingard wears Miami wristbands everywhere he goes, and a little before he decided to reaffirm his commitment he noticed the wristband was starting to wear away into nothingness.
“That thing was worn because I never take them off,” Lingard said. “It was an internal feeling to do so. I see my fellow teammates do it, so basically I just wanted to let coaches know that I was 1,000-percent committed.”
Lingard is excited to play in the Army Bowl alongside a number of those future teammates, including 4-star wide receiver Mark Pope and 4-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera. Then, only a few days after, he’ll join some of those future teammates in Coral Gables, Fla., as an early enrollee.
Lingard said that’s his top priority right now. He’s taking a couple online classes to graduate early and get on campus in January.
It will be a good opportunity for Lingard to get acclimated with the offense, particularly if injured running back Mark Walton opts to head to the NFL. It could also be a chance for him to take his track and field career to the next level. The state champion hurdler is still working out the details, but he’s hoping he’ll be able to spend some time with the Hurricanes’ track program during the spring.
“I don’t know too much of the details right now,” Lingard said, “but I know personally I would want to just train with the track team to get my explosiveness and speed, and also do football stuff to gain weight and make sure I’m ready for the season.”
Tyson Campbell’s recruitment takes another turn
It seems like every time Tyson Campbell discusses his recruitment he has a new school catching his eye. This time it’s LSU.
Campbell told Sam Spiegelman of our sister site SEC Country the Tigers have “reinserted themselves” into the picture.
“They have kept keeping in touch with me and that’s what got them back into the mix,” Campbell said. “They keep telling me that they need cornerbacks because they have some guys that are going to the draft and some guys that are about to graduate. This is an important class for defensive backs for LSU.”
The 5-star cornerback told DieHards last month Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State were pushing hardest, although Miami is in the mix for the blue-chip prospect from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla.
After American Heritage won a Sept. 22 game on ESPNU, Clemson had found its way back in when cornerbacks coach Mike Reed made the trip down to Plantation to see Campbell and teammate Patrick Surtain Jr.
Miami among top suitors for 2019 5-star Josh Sanguinetti
Miami’s best chance at landing a 5-star prospect in the Class of 2019 won’t require the Hurricanes to leave South Florida. Josh Sanguinetti is a 5-star athlete for University High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pound junior told Rivals’ Rob Cassidy the Hurricanes are one of his most aggressive suitors and he wants to get back down for a visit soon.
The most obvious pitch Miami can make to Sanguinetti, though, isn’t one he’s going to put significant weight into. Sanguinetti said proximity isn’t a priority, rather he’ll search for early playing time and academics. Stanford is a surprising top candidate and Sanguinetti made the trip to California during the summer.
What the Hurricanes are willing to offer Sanguinetti, is a wealth of opportunities wherever he’d like. While most schools are recruiting the athlete to be a cornerback, Miami and the Cardinal are both willing to let Sanguinetti also play wide receiver like he does for University.
“I’d do both if I could,” Sanguinetti said.
Sanguinetti said Florida State, Florida, LSU and Michigan are the other schools most frequently in contact with him. He wants to take visits to those four, plus make a return trip to see the Hurricanes. There’s no timetable for a commitment and Sanguinetti seems likely to take his time.
Miami has another priority 2019 target with the Sharks. Kenny McIntosh, a 4-star running back, is a teammate of Sanguinetti’s and the younger brother of Hurricanes defensive tackle RJ McIntosh.
Miami becomes first to offer 2020 DE Jalen Carter
Miami has a 23rd offer out to a Class of 2020 prospect this week. It meant a return to a familiar school.
The Hurricanes extended a scholarship offer to Apopka (Fla.) High School defensive end Jalen Carter a few months ago, Andrew Ivins of 247Sports reported earlier this week. Carter, currently unranked, is the third strongside defensive end Miami has offered in the class. The top priority there is likely Tre’von Riggins of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Carter has a long way to go, but he’s an intriguing prospect right now. At 6-4 and 260 pounds, Carter is primarily a tight end for Apopka. He visited Miami for the season opener against FCS Bethune-Cookman and also has visited Auburn.
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