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DE Rian Davis has plans for Miami visit with teammates
Miami passed through Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla., on Jan. 18. Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Todd Hartley went to the high school and, as do many recruiters who pass through, he left with a horde of new offers out.
The highest-profile prospects to earn the Hurricanes’ offers were 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Davis and 4-star cornerback Renardo Green, but 3-star weakside defensive end Rian Davis and 3-star strongside defensive end Norell Pollard added offers, too.
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Tyler Davis became the first of the group to visit Feb. 18 after he competed at The Opening Miami regional at Gibson Park. Rian Davis, however, says the whole group should be making its way down sometime after spring practice begins in Coral Gables, Fla., on March 20.
“I think we’re all going to try to get down for spring practice,” Rian Davis told DieHards.
Linebacker is a major priority for this cycle and Davis is shaping up to potentially be one of the best in Florida for the Class of 2019. Davis, who also played middle linebacker and running back for Houston’s Clear Lake High School in 2017, earned linebacker MVP honors at a Rivals 3 Stripe Camp on Feb. 18 in Celebration, Fla. He’s versatile enough to slot anywhere in a linebackers corps or play defensive end at the next level. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who is also the Hurricanes’ linebackers coach, is heading up Davis’ recruitment.
Miami already has two outside linebackers committed in the 2019 class — although 3-star outside linebacker Diamante Howard is moving to safety — and a number of other targets at the position. The Hurricanes have only offered one true inside linebacker, though. Davis said Diaz hasn’t told him whether Miami envisions him for a specific position, but Davis feels he’s a better fit at linebacker.
“Some just offer me and ask me where I see myself playing. I tell them wherever they need me at because I can play middle linebacker, outside linebacker,” Davis said. “I mostly played middle linebacker this season.”
Even without visiting, Davis has the Hurricanes among his top group of schools. Louisville and Houston are among some of the early major suitors for Davis, who also visited Central Florida for a junior day Feb. 14.
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound defensive end won’t be ready to place Miami at the top of any sort of list until he gets more of a chance to meet with the coaching staff and see the campus. The Hurricanes already stand out, though, with their reputation and defensive ability.
“Just the fan base, and how much fun they’re having out there on the field and the turnover chain,” Davis said. “It looks like a great place to play.”
Miami hosts Jacksonville Class of 2020 ATH Fred Davis
Miami locked up one commitment from the Jacksonville metropolitan area last week. Hartley, who serves as the Jacksonville area recruiter, isn’t slowing down. The Hurricanes are throwing themselves into the mix for arguably the best Class of 2020 prospect from the First Coast as well.
Miami welcomed unranked athlete Fred Davis to campus Saturday for an unofficial visit during a relatively quiet visit weekend in South Florida.
Loved my Visit at The U _I had a Great Time….Felt like home 🤫 pic.twitter.com/RhNdNOoXSM
— FD2 (@__FredDavis) February 24, 2018
The 6-1, 169-pound cornerback from Jacksonville’s Trinity Catholic Academy is a teammate of 3-star running back Marcus Crowley, who is committed to the Hurricanes’ 2019 class. The 2019 group of prospects from the Jacksonville area also includes 3-star guard Kingsley Eguakun and 4-star wide receiver Jeremiah Payton, who verbally committed Tuesday. Miami also signed 4-star tight end Will Mallory from Jacksonville’s Providence School in the Class of 2018. Hartley served as the point man for all four of the First Coast prospects.
Fred Davis hasn’t named any sort of top group yet, although the defensive back’s early visit suggests Miami will be a long-term factor. The rising junior boasts a loaded list of offers, including Virginia Tech, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, UCLA and Arizona.
The quiet weekend on campus was due at least in part to a Florida junior day. Quite a few Miami targets spent Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., including two commits.
While his younger teammate was in the Miami metropolitan area, Crowley headed to North Central Florida. The Gators offered the 6-foot, 165-pound rising senior Jan. 22. He committed to Miami during December
Jesiah Pierre, a 3-star outside linebacker, also made the quick trip from Mount Dora, Fla., to see Florida. The 6-3, 215-pound edge rusher from Mount Dora Christian Academy, formerly known as Christian Home & Bible School, also received an offer from the Gators on Jan. 22. He committed to the Hurricanes in 2016.
Zach Abolverdi, who covers Florida for SEC Country, has a more thorough list of visitors from the weekend, including some reactions. Payton, it should be noted, did not make the trip after telling other reporters he was planning to go.
Miami offers another 2020 from IMG in Bradenton, Fla.
Miami has built the strongest 2020 class in the country largely because of its success at recruiting IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The Hurricanes’ first commitment in the class came from Avantae Williams, who spent his sophomore season at IMG before transferring to DeLand (Fla.) High School this winter.
Still, the early ability to land Williams, ranked as a 4-star athlete by 247Sports.com, created a strong inroad with the Ascenders. Jermaine Burton, rated as a 4-star wide receiver by 247Sports, committed to Miami in December. Tre’von Riggins, a 4-star strongside defensive end in 247Sports’ rankings, followed suit in January.
On Friday, the Hurricanes added a new target at IMG. Miami offered unranked safety Lejond Cavazos, who originally hails from Cibolo, Texas.
— Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) February 24, 2018
Although it’s early in his recruitment, the 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back has a loaded list of suitors. Notre Dame and Ohio State are among the early front-runners for the rising junior.
Cavazos’ offer wasn’t the only one the Hurricanes sent Friday. Miami didn’t have to go too far to hand out another 2020 offer Friday. The Hurricanes are now officially trying to flip Pahokee (Fla.) High School’s Latarie Kinsler, ranked as a 4-star weakside defensive end by 247Sports.
Beyond blessed to earn a offer from the university of Miami ⛓#turnover chain @CoachRumph16 @ABLichtenstein @JRWagner5 @RivalsChris @Andrew_Ivins @Coach_MannyDiaz @CoachAlexDevine @CNee247 pic.twitter.com/KHLqBm40QX
— Latarie kinsler Jr. (@LK2Jr) February 23, 2018
The 6-4, 208-pound defensive end committed to Louisville, the first school to offer him, in July. Miami is now the only other school from a Power 5 Conference to offer Kinsler.
Miami commit Kingsley Eguakun adds second SEC offer of week
Three days after receiving an offer from his childhood favorite team, Eguakun added another offer from an SEC school Friday. Auburn delivered the 3-star guard one of his biggest offers yet, capping a big week for the 6-4, 290-pound interior lineman.
— Kingsley Eguakun (@Keguakun) February 23, 2018
Eguakun committed to the Hurricanes in January, when he was still a virtually unknown prospect. At the time, the rising senior’s only other offer from a Power 5 school was from the Louisville Cardinals. Miami was first to offer the offensive lineman from Jacksonville’s Atlantic Coast High School in April and the Hurricanes’ early involvement meant an early commitment. Now schools like Auburn and Tennessee, where Eguakun’s older brother played, are working to flip the in-state guard.
Eguakun wasn’t the only Miami-committed offensive lineman to earn another offer Friday. Brandon Cunningham, a 3-star tackle, pulled in an offer from Louisiana-Monroe to finish off the week. The 6-5, 305-pound offensive lineman from St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs, Miss., committed to the Hurricanes in July, when he only had two other offers.
— Brandon Cunningham (@iambrandonlett) February 23, 2018
The rising senior, who also plays tight end and defensive end, now holds additional offers from Florida, Mississippi State and Mississippi.
The Hurricanes also saw interest continue to build for their top-ranked 2020 prospect, this time with a “dream offer” for Leonard Manuel. The wide receiver from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., is considered a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and earned an offer from LSU on Saturday.
— LM||| (@Begreatliltone2) February 24, 2018
Manuel maintains he’s “100-percent committed” to Miami, although he’s wavered from a commitment before. The 6-5, 195-pound rising junior, who also has potential as a defensive end, was a Tennessee commit during the summer. He committed to the Hurricanes in November.
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