Miami recruiting: Commits, targets of Hurricanes make moves in Rivals rankings

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Miami is on its way to one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. David Wilson and the DieHards.com team are in the eye of the storm to help you track the Hurricanes. Read daily notebooks here at 10 a.m. ET from Monday through Friday and follow us on Twitter for the latest Miami recruiting news.


Miami WR target Frank Ladson gets 5-star bump

The 2019 recruiting cycle is in full swing and so is rankings-update season. Rivals.com spent this week altering its rankings for the 2019 class, which means the 247Sports composite changed a bit, too. Miami sits at two committed prospects with 4-star grades in the composite, although another 3-star prospect got the bump to 4 stars in Rivals’ rankings.

The biggest movers, however, were a number of major Hurricanes targets, including one who earned a bump to 5 stars. Frank Ladson, Miami’s top remaining wide receiver target, jumped 100 spots in Rivals’ latest rankings. The rising senior from South Dade High School in Homestead, Fla., is still a 4-star prospect in Rivals’ eyes, but the 247Sports composite rankings now consider him a 5-star wide receiver. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound pass catcher ranks No. 15 overall.

Other targets to make major moves include 4-star weakside defensive end Khris Bogle, 4-star athlete Tyrique Stevenson and 4-star guard Dontae Lucas. Bogle climbed 39 spots, Stevenson jumped 10 places and Lucas moved up 19. Mark Richards, a 4-star athlete, is also now considered the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back by Rivals. Lucas, who Rivals previously considered a tackle, is now the No. 4 guard.

As for the Hurricanes’ own commitments, 3-star weakside defensive end Cameron Williams saw the most significant jump. The 6-5, 230-pound edge rusher from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., jumped from 3 stars to 4 in Rivals’ rankings, which corresponded to a leap of more than 100 places in the 247Sports composite rankings. The defensive end now sits at No. 430 overall and No. 27 at his position.

Here’s where the rest of the commits sit in the updated Rivals 250 and how it compares to their previous spot:

  • WR Jeremiah Payton, 4 stars, Duncan U. Fletcher (Neptune Beach, Fla.): 178 (148)
  • WR Brieon Fuller, 4 stars, Doral (Fla.) Academy Prep: 235 (122)
  • DE Cameron Williams, 4 stars, Chaminade-Madonna College Prep (Hollywood): 145 (NR)

Challengers move in for Miami’s Class of 2020 commits

No one has been better at working classes ahead than Miami, which has led the Hurricanes to taking early leads in both the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020 recruiting rankings. The 2020 class, in particular, has a chance to be a special one in Miami. The Hurricanes hold commitments from five top-100 prospects in the 247Sports.com rankings, including two of the top 13 players overall. The 247Sports composite rankings have not yet rated 2020 players.

Keeping the entire group together through National Signing Day in 2020 — or even the early signing period in 2019 — would be an even more impressive feat than putting the group together in the first place. Challengers are sure to arise hoping to sway the elite prospects, and some outside suitors are making moves.

Avantae Williams, a 4-star athlete from DeLand (Fla.) High School, is the longest-tenured member of the class. As the cousin of 5-star early enrollee running back Lorenzo Lingard, Williams has emerged as something of an ambassador for Miami in the 2020 cycle. Oklahoma, however, would love to sway the 6-1, 175-pound strong safety, and Thursday the Sooners hopped in with the rising junior’s 16th offer.

The only player ranked more highly than Williams in the Hurricanes’ 2020 class is Leonard Manuel, who checks in at No. 6 overall. On Tuesday, the 4-star wide receiver from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and picked up an offer from Boston College. On Thursday, the 6-5, 195-pound rising junior lined up an unofficial visit.

Manuel, who also plays defensive end for Vanguard, plans to be in South Carolina this weekend.

 

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