Miami recruiting: Hurricanes make Top 5 for WR Kendrell Scurry, less than month after offering

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Miami is on its way to one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, and 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 Monday through Friday and follow us on Twitter for the latest Miami recruiting news.


4-star WR Kendrell Scurry puts Miami in Top 5

Miami only officially got involved with Kendrell Scurry a month ago, but the Hurricanes have already made an impression on the 4-star wide receiver from Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn. Scurry, who was once committed to Tennessee and said the Volunteers are still one of his top options, put out a Top 5 list Sunday and as of now Miami is in the mix.

Scurry placed arrows next to a handful of the teams on his list, seeming to indicate how these programs are trending in his eyes. Penn State is atop the list, followed by Tennessee and then Louisville. Ohio State and the Hurricanes rounded out the Top 5 for the No. 27 wide receiver in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Just making it on to the list this early, though, bodes well for Miami. The Hurricanes didn’t extend an offer to Scurry until Sept. 8 and the 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver has yet to visit Miami. There’s plenty of time for the Hurricanes to get the junior on campus, at which point the Hurricanes can make a thorough pitch to the nation’s No. 150 player in 2019.

Miami already has one elite wideout committed in the Class of 2019 with 4-star wide receiver Brieon Fuller of Doral (Fla.) Academy Preparatory School. Fuller is currently the highest-rated member of the Hurricanes’ class.

It is possible wide receiver could become a top priority during the next recruiting cycle depending how the Class of 2018 finishes out. Miami has three senior wide receivers committed, which will be enough to make do in the short term as Braxton Berrios is the only contributing wide receiver likely to leave. The bigger issue is down the road when players such as Ahmmon Richards, Lawrence Cager and Mike Harley can start thinking about heading to the NFL. Landing a consistent stream of 4- and 5-star wideouts is critical.

3-star 2019 DL Renato Brown is set with Miami

The Hurricanes don’t need to worry about their most recent commit, at least that’s what he says. Renato Brown, a 3-star lineman in the Class of 2019, told DieHards he’s all set with his commitment to Miami and won’t strongly consider other suitors.

“That’s the case right now. That’s the case,” Brown said Monday. “Wonderful atmosphere and the coaching staff is wonderful.”

Brown played both ways for Wellington’s Palm Beach Central High School, starting at left tackle and defensive tackle, in helping Palm Beach Central beat rival Wellington, 34-20 on Monday night. He rarely came off the field and even hauled in his first ever interception.

Brown, who most of the recruiting services ranked as an offensive tackle, once again said he expects to play defensive tackle at the next level. The 6-5, 310-pound lineman is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 51 tackle and the No. 64 player in Florida. He verbally committed to the Hurricanes on Sept. 12.

Brown did a lot well for Palm Beach Central during its road win and you can find a full report from that game here. The junior, who also sometimes gets snaps at defensive end, said he prefers to play defense, although offensive line — and particularly tackle — does seem to be a more pressing need for Miami. John Campbell is the only tackle committed during the current cycle and the 3-star prospect is no guarantee to be a star.

Brown would be a project at tackle, too — he exclusively worked out of a two-point stance Monday — but his versatility could be his most valuable asset to the Hurricanes even if he is set on playing defense.

Miami coaches head to local rivalry game

Monday night was filled with games all throughout South Florida, so the Hurricanes took advantage. According to Peter Ariz of CanesInSight.com, coach Mark Richt and safeties coach Ephraim Banda made the quick trip from Coral Gables, Fla., to see Coral Gables Senior High School beat Miami High School, 55-48, in quintuple overtime at Tropical Park.

The evening in Miami was a chance to see one of the Hurricanes’ most important senior commits and one of their top junior targets. Gilbert Frierson, a 4-star cornerback, is the standout senior for Coral Gables Senior and 4-star guard Dontae Lucas plays tackle for Miami High School.

Frierson is on flip watch for the Hurricanes. The 6-1, 180-pound cornerback committed to Miami early during the process — more than a year ago now— and said he wants to weigh all his options this fall. During the weekend, he showed interest in Georgia on Twitter, although he hasn’t locked in any visits yet.

Frierson is the nation’s No. 19 cornerback and No. 145 player overall. The Hurricanes have a number of defensive backs coveted by other programs — Frierson, 4-star cornerback Josh Jobe, 4-star safety Gurvan Hall — so this was a good chance to remind Frierson of his importance. He also attended a Miami practice Sunday, 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins reports, and had dinner with coaches alongside Jobe and 3-star cornerback commit D.J. Ivey on Sept. 21.

Lucas has already visited Hard Rock Stadium a few times this year and seems to have a good chance to be the next star guard to commit. The 6-4, 230 pound junior is considered the No. 9 guard in the country and the No. 242 player overall. The Hurricanes, he told Scout’s Corey Bender, are one of three schools he’s primarily focused on, along with Florida and Alabama. Considering how often he’s been in personal contact with Miami, the Hurricanes are in great shape right now.

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