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DE Khris Bogle eying late March visit to Miami
Khris Bogle may not be willing to call Miami his top school, but it’s clear the Hurricanes are as well positioned as anyone. It’s also clear it won’t be easy to land him.
Just about every powerhouse program in the nation would be happy to land the 4-star weakside defensive end from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and most teams across the Southeast feel they have a pretty good shot. Florida State has been in hot pursuit since just about the beginning. Florida will host the defensive lineman for an unofficial visit Saturday. Alabama, LSU and Tennessee all figure to host Bogle soon. Clemson probably will, too. He’s already visited Georgia.
Bogle insists he has no top list and it’s easy to take him at his word. He’s listening to what everyone has to offer — Miami included.
“I didn’t come out with a top,” Bogle told DieHards on Sunday in Coconut Creek, Fla., “but they’re one of the top teams that I’m looking at right now.”
Playing through an injured wrist, Bogle won the Big Man Challenge at the Under Armour All-America Camp’s South Florida stop at North Broward Preparatory School. The injury allowed him to show off some of the footwork he’s tried improving this offseason. A strong start to the camp season now has the 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive lineman up to No. 78 overall in the 247Sports composite rankings.
At Under Armour camp today ‼️ #UAALLAMERICA
— K H R I S B O G L E 🥀 (@khris_a1) March 18, 2018
His time at these camps in the Miami metropolitan area should help the Hurricanes, too. At The Opening Miami regional in February, Bogle spent much of the day working with 3-star weakside defensive end Cameron Williams, who committed to the Hurricanes on Jan. 20. At the smaller Under Armour Camp on Sunday, Bogle waited in line for drills with 3-star defensive tackle Denzel Daxon, who committed to Miami in October.
“Coming to the camps and being around Denzel, Cam, all the recruits that Miami has, just hanging out with them,” Bogle said when asked what’s appealing about Miami right now. “My family can come see me play. Stuff like that.”
Still, when most of the Hurricanes’ top Class of 2019 targets are in Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday, Bogle will be in Gainesville, Fla. The rising senior plans to see the Gators for the first time since Dan Mullen took over as coach.
It will be a key visit for Florida, which hosted Bogle in the past under former coach Jim McElwain. The loaded list of suitors means it could be easy to slip out of realistic contention quickly. Bogle is not sure yet what to think of the new staff.
“I’ve talked with them over the phone a couple of times,” Bogle said. “I talked with [4-star weakside defensive end signee Andrew] Chatfield and he was like, I’ve got to get up there and see if I like it.”
Bogle probably won’t wait long to make his next return to Miami, though. The elite prospect was on campus March 3 to meet new defensive line coach Jess Simpson and said he’s eyeing a return at the end of the month. If he doesn’t head to Knoxville, Tenn., Bogle will be back on campus March 31.
Once he’s back in person, the Hurricanes will continue pitching him how they have all along. A light defensive line haul in the Class of 2018 sets up Bogle for a major role as a freshman if he picks Miami on National Signing Day.
“If I do commit,” Bogle said, “come in and I’m going to try to play right away.”
Florida State commit visits Miami’s first day of spring practice
The Hurricanes are doing what they can to pry one of the Seminoles’ top commits away from Florida State’s 2019 class. Miami managed to get Quashon Fuller, a 4-star strongside defensive end, on campus Tuesday for the first day of spring practice.
The trip to see the Hurricanes is Fuller’s first since Miami offered in May.
— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) March 20, 2018
Fuller’s commitment to Florida State came together extremely quickly in February 2017. The Seminoles offered the 6-4, 260-pound defensive end during a junior day event and Fuller immediately named Florida State the favorite. The defensive lineman from Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Fla., committed less than two weeks later.
Of course, this all happened while former coach Jimbo Fisher was at the helm. Fisher’s departure to take the same job at Texas A&M has opened the door to an extent, and the Hurricanes are hoping to get more seriously involved.
Since the start of the year, Fuller has now visited Miami, Georgia, Auburn and the Seminoles. It will be a tough battle for the Hurricanes, but they’ll push hard for a blue-chip in-state prospect. Fuller also claims offers from South Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa State, Maryland and Central Florida.
Miami offers elite 2020 guard
Miami hasn’t been too shy to look out-of-state for help building its top-ranked Class of 2020, particularly when it comes to the offensive line. The Hurricanes offered another elite prospect at the position in the 2020 class Tuesday, offering Oak Park (Mich.) High School guard Justin Rogers.
I am blessed and honored to receive an offer from university of Miami ‼️#305 pic.twitter.com/LGp39DC8By
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) March 20, 2018
The latest update to the 247Sports.com rankings peg Rogers as a 4-star prospect, the No. 2 guard in the country and the No. 54 player overall. Rogers, who primarily plays defensive line for Oak Park, already has named Ohio State his No. 1 school. Florida State, Michigan and the Crimson Tide are also in the early mix for the 6-4, 280-pound rising junior.
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