It’s no secret that the Hurricanes 2019 recruiting class was a big disappointment, ranking 28th in the nation according to 24/7 sports composite rankings. However, coach Manny Diaz and the rest of the coaching staff made up for it by targeting players from the transfer portal. Expect the 2020 class to be a much improved class with Diaz and the new staff having more time to devolp a relationship with the 2020 prospects. I’ll break down the Hurricanes potential targets and commits for the 2020 class below.
It’s pretty clear that the #1 target is 4-star QB Carson Beck from Mandarin high school in Jacksonville, Florida. Beck recently decommited from Alabama and At 6’4 226 pounds and a lazor arm. Beck was commited to Miami’s new offensive coordinator Dan Enos, while Enos was the QB coach at Alabama. Many thought when Miami hired Dan Enos, that they would be in the driver seat for Beck. However, with a recent trip to Gainesville for the Gators junior day and a recent decommitment from Quarterback Anthony Richardson, momentum has been on the Gators side. Beck made the trip to Coral Gables a day after Florida’s junior day and met with Enos and Diaz for hours. He has mentioned that Miami, Florida, and Alabama are currently his top schools and plans to make a decision sometime in the spring. Florida has the momentum right now, but don’t count out Beck’s relationship with Enos. It should also be worth noting that he has good relationships with current Miami players WR Jeremiah Payton and his former teammate at Providence TE Will Mallory. It will be a tough battle between the Canes and Gators but if I had to make a prediction today, I would say UF. It’s still early in the process though so things can change.
Other QB targets –
If the Canes miss out on Beck, another target could be Cartersville, Georgia QB Tee Webb. Webb is currently a 3-star, 6’4 185 pound, pro-style QB from Cartersville high, the same high school as star Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. He threw for 36 TD’s and 10 INT’S as a junior and was recently offered by Miami OC Dan Enos. Another QB to keep an eye out on 3-star QB Tyler Van-Dyke from Suffield Academy in Connecticut. Van-Dyke is another pro-style QB at 6’4 and 212 pounds. It’s unclear where these QB’s sit on the recruiting board after Beck, but you see the direction and the type of QB Enos wants running the offense.
Running Backs –
The Hurricanes got their top RB target on junior day when 4-star Don Chaney Jr. committed. Chaney has been a player the Canes have been targeting since he was a freshman and despite the coaching change, the relationship paid off. Miami’s previous Running back coach Thomas Brown, had been the main recruiter for Chaney but was let go when coach Manny Diaz took over. Many thought it would be a battle with South Carolina with Brown there and because South Carolina is the alma mater of Chaney’s father, Don Chaney Sr. At 5’11 195 pounds, Chaney already has great size and great speed. If you get a chance watch his film, you will see him consistently out run his opponents despite having angles on him. Coach Manny Diaz and new Running back Coach Eric Hickson, did a really good job of securing Chaney this early because not only do you get your top target, you get one of the best RB’s in the nation. Chaney is a game changer.
Other possible RB targets:
Coach Manny Diaz and coach Eric Hickson would love to get another Running back to pair with Chaney especially in a class that’s loaded with great RB’s in the state of Florida. I’ll mention some possibilities below.
The long shot: Jaylan Knighton, Deerfield High school.
Knighton is one of the best backs in the nation and is right in the Hurricanes back yard in Fort Lauderdale. He has elite speed and arguably the fastest recruit of the 2020 cycle. Miami would love to add Knighton to this recruiting class and to pair him with Don Chaney Jr. However, Knighton is a big Clemson lean at the moment and it would be a big surprise if he wasn’t a Tiger when it’s all said and done.
The most likely scenario: Henry Parrish, Columbus High school.
The most likely target to pair with Chaney at the moment is Henry Parrish from Columbus High in Miami. Parrish is a bit underrated in the rankings but don’t get it confused, he is an absolute stud. At 5’10 173 pounds, Parrish ran for 2,334 yards, averaging 9.8 yards per carry which is elite. Expect Parrish to be a 4-star once it’s all said and done. Parrish and Chaney would also be an elite haul, if the Canes are able to land Parrish.
Others to keep an eye on: Tirek Murphy, Christ the King school in New York & Caziah Holmes, Cocoa high in Florida.
Murphy and Holmes are both considered 4-star prospects. Murphy is a already a pretty big back and built like a truck at 6’0 and 220 pounds. Miami offered Murphy in December on an unoffical visit with his teammates. The Hurricanes landed two of Murphy’s teammates from Christ the King high in Adam Elgammal and Jared Harrison-Hunte. It seems that Murphy has interest in Miami but it’s unclear whether or not the new staff is prioritizing Murphy at the moment and where he stands at on the board. Caziah Holmes is an amazing athlete at 6’0 175 pound back with 4.4 speed. Holmes has a bunch of Hurricane fans in his family and there was a time where he was considered a strong Miami lean. Things have seemed to slow down a bit since but Holmes recently had Miami in his top 3 with FSU and Ohio State. Miami initially wanted Holmes as a safety but he has expressed a desire to play RB at the next level. He plans to visit Miami sometime during the spring and it will be more clear on where the Canes stand in his recruitment. If the Canes are able to land Murphy, Holmes, or Parrish to go with Chaney, consider it a big win. You really can’t go wrong with either one.
The Hurricanes currently have two 4-star commits at Wide receiver in Bryan Robinson for Palm Beach central high school and Marcus Fleming of Miami Northwestern high school. I’m very high on both players and think both players will be studs at the next level. Marcus Fleming (5’10 175) is a fast, shifty player in the same mold as Jeff Thomas, Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle, Tyreke Hill, and Marquise Brown from Oklahoma. With Fleming’s 4.3-4.4 speed, he’s a threat to score anytime the ball is in his hands. Fleming had 22 catches for 692 yards and 8 TD’S in 2017, averaging an astounding 31.5 yards per catch for Miami Northwestern high school his sophomore year. That stat alone shows you how much of a deep threat Fleming is. With Jeff Thomas more than likely leaving for the draft after this season, it gives Fleming a huge chance to come in and replace Jeff Thomas right away. The Hurricanes other Wide receiver commit Bryan Robinson (6’1 175) is ranked 80th in the nation according to 24/7 composite rankings. Robinson had 976 receiving yards on 46 catches and 8 TD’s in 12 games this past season. Robinson reminds me a little bit of Alabama’s wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with his fantastic route running and ability to get open. He can beat you deep or on the short intermediate routes as well. If the Hurricanes want to maintain a top 5-10 recruiting class for 2020, keeping Robinson and Fleming on board is a must because I expect both players to be highly rated 4 stars once it’s all said and done. The Canes want to keep these type of talent home and keep stacking elite player at receiver. Fleming and Robinson have the potential to come in right away and earn playing time.
OTHER RECEIVER TARGETS:
Much like the 2020 RB class for the state of Florida, the Wide receiver position is loaded with blue chip players everywhere in Florida. Miami will likely add a couple more receivers to pair with Fleming and Robinson in this loaded receiver class. I’ll discuss some other potential options and names to know.
Marcus Rosemy, St. Thomas Aquanis high school.
Rosemy (6’1 184) is a human highlight reel anytime he is on the field. Last year during the 7 on 7 circuit, he made several unbelievable one hand catches. Rosemy had 39 catches for 824 yards and 8 TD’S (according to Maxpreps) last season. Rosemy grew up a Miami fan and seems high on the Canes but Ohio State is the favorite and will be hard to beat down the stretch.
Thaiu Jones-Bell, Carol City
Thaiu Jones-Bell (5’11 186) was a big time play maker for Carol City chiefs last season scoring 17 TD’S last season. Jones-Bell was a bit of an unknown but has seen his stock risen since the end of the season, earning offers from Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Georgia, and LSU. It will be a battle for Jones-Bell until the very end with the top teams around the nation pushing. He recently admitted Alabama is his leader and Miami is not too far behind.
Kentron Poitier, Palmetto
Kentron Poitier (6’4 190) like Jones-Bell, is having a big off-season picking up offers from big time schools like Alabama, Miami, Florida, Florida state, Georgia, and Michigan. Poitier is a bit of a project as he just started playing football recently and is a big time basketball player as well. He is a raw talent but his upside is through the roof. Poitier is an interesting prospect and a player the Canes could use with his size and ability to high point balls. It’s unclear who Poitier’s top schools are at the moment but he’s definitely a player to keep a eye on.
Marc Britt, Carol City
Marc Britt (6’1 180) is a player previously committed to Miami but decommitted a couple months ago. Britt is an impressive player with his ability to high point and catch contested passes. Britt is a 4-star player and one of the best in the nation. Miami is still in it for Britt but he has been trending towards Florida ever since he decommitted and if I had to make an early prediction, I would say UF for Britt but that could change.
Deajaun Mcdougle, Deerfield Beach
Deajaun Mcdougle (5’10 175) is one of the more underrated receivers in this class and someone I’m high on. Mcdougle is a fantastic route runner and someone that could take it the distance whenever the ball in his hands. He is a receiver that is more quicker than fast and just find ways to get open. He has a lot of Antonio Brown in his game and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up being one of the better receivers in this class once it’s all said and done. He hasn’t named his top schools and haven’t took many visits yet but he’s someone I would love to see Miami end up with. The Canes haven’t had much success landing Deerfield kids lately but Diaz has an opportunity to change the narrative this year.
Jeremaine Burton, Calabasas high (California)
Burton is another receiver previously committed to Miami but decommitted after a few months. He’s ranked top 50 in the nation and one of the faster prospects in the nation running a 4.43 in the combine last year. Burton recently named Miami in his top 3 but he’s considered a long shot to commit back to the Canes.
Elijah Canion, Chaminade-Madonna
Canion (6-3 190) is another taller receiver that Miami has offered. The Canes could use a receiver with height like Canion or Poitier to pair with Fleming and Robinson. Canion was highly productive for Chaminade with 21 catches for 574 yards and 8 TD’s, averaging 27.3 yards per catch despite playing opposite 2019 Penn State commit and 4-star receiver John Dunmore. With Dunmore off to Penn State, expect Canion to have an even larger role and have a huge year in Chaminade’s offense. The Hurricanes have built a pipeline in Chaminade-Madonna high school landing three of Canion’s teammates in 2019 with Tecory Couch, Keontra Smith, and Cameron Williams. The Canes also have 2020 DT commit Willie Moise and 2021 Thad Franklin committed from Chaminade as well. It’ll be interesting to see if the pipeline continues this year with the Hurricanes landing another Chaminade player in Canion.
Tight Ends –
Tight end is one position you can always expect the Canes to be loaded at. From Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Clive Walford, David Njoku, Chris Herndon, than now currently Brevin Jordn and Will Mallory, it’s not called Tight end U for nothing and 2020 is no different. The Hurricanes already have 4-star Tight end Dominic Mammarelli from Naples high school who is ranked 138 in the nation according to 24/7 composite and 66th in the nation according to 24/7. At 6’4 240, Mammarelli already has college size and will only continue to get bigger. When former coach Todd Hartley wasn’t retained and went to Georgia, many thought Mammarelli could follow him there. After meeting new Tight end’s coach Stephen Field at Miami’s junior day, Mammarelli decided to shut down his recruitment which is big for the Canes going forward.
Other Tight End targets:
Darnell Washington, Desert Pines high (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Darnell Washington (6-7 240) is a big time 5-star Tight end from Las Vegas. He is a big target at 6’7 providing all kind of mismatches while he is on the field. It’s not too often there is a 5-star tight end but Washington is one and that shows you the type of talent Washington is. Even though Washington is from the west coast, Miami could be a player in his recruitment due to the ability of putting out top notch Tight ends every single year and that they heavily involve tight ends in their offense. Another interesting thing is that Miami current star Tight end Brevin Jordan, is also from the Las Vegas area as well so there is a connection. I’m not sure where the Canes are on his list, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re a contender due to the track record of tight end’s that Miami has produced.
Jonathan Odom, Jesuit (Tampa, Florida)
Odom (6’6 240) is another big target at tight end that could be another option. He’s an in state tight end that has picked up offers from FSU, Duke, and Georgia tech including Miami. The Canes are more than likely to take two tight end’s this season after only taking just Larry Hodges last cycle.
Offensive Line –
The offensive line position was on the Hurricanes biggest weaknesses last season and it wasn’t any better on the recruiting trail after former coach Stacey Searles struck on many times on key targets. The Hurricanes have no current OL commits so Butch Barry will have his work cut out for him but he’s already has made a big impression on some kids so far. P
Jonathan Denis, South Dade
Denis (6’3 285) was previously committed to Miami back in the summer and decommitted after a few months but after a few visits to Miami, and meeting new coach Butch Barry, Miami is back in the picture. Denis is a top OL target and is in Miami’s back yard which makes him a must get. Miami, LSU, Oregon, and FSU seem to be the leaders in Denis recruitment.
Isaiah Walker, Miami Norland
Isaiah Walker (6’4 280) is a 4-star offensive tackle currently South Carolina commit and may be the Hurricanes biggest target. Like I mentioned with Denis, Isaiah Walker is right in the Hurricanes back yard and is a must get as well. Walker also is a tackle, which happens to be the Canes biggest position of need. He recently is coming off an unofficial visit from the Hurricanes this past weekend and it seemed to leave a big impression on him. There’s not many times where you have an elite offensive lineman in your own back yard in South Florida, and this year the Canes have to take advantage of it by landing Isaiah Walker and Jonathan Denis. Florida is also pushing really hard and made a big impression on the South Carolina commit so it will be battle until the end for Walker’s services.
Jalen Rivers, Oakleaf
Rivers (6’5 327) is a massive 4-star tackle for Oakleaf that likely will be a guard at the next level. Rivers recently named a top 5 with Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, and Georgia. Miami needs to stack up on elite offensive lineman and Jalen Rivers fits the bill. Rivers has visited Coral Gables 7 times since 2017 and is planning to visit a few more times before committing. It is important to get him down to visit soon so he can grow a relationship with coach Butch Barry. It will likely be an instate battle for Rivers and whoever lands him, will hit jackpot with Rivers and his teammate elite Defensive end, Chantz Williams.
Marcus Dumervil, St. Thomas Aquinas
Dumervil (6’5 300) is another big time 4-star talent in Miami’s back yard. He goes to a powerhouse school which has currently produced the most NFL players. Dumervil recently visited Coral Gables with a couple of teammates, which is big to get him back on campus and meet the new staff. Miami would love to add him to the class but it appears to be a long shot. Oklahoma seems to be the favorite at the moment but Georgia recently offered, which may play a factor into his recruitment as well.
Thomas Shrader, Venice high school
Shrader (6’4 278) is a 3-star tackle from Venice. Shrader is just coming off a Miami visit this past weekend. He currently doesn’t hold a Miami offer but that could change soon after the unoffical visit. Shrader mentioned before the visit that an offer from Miami could change his recruitment and the Canes would instantly be on top. Florida state recently offered, which could factor into his recruitment. Shrader is a big position of need so I’d expect an offer for Shrader sometime soon.