The 2019 Miami recruiting class sits at 10 commitments after 2018 National Signing Day on Feb. 7. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the class is Jeremiah Payton, a 4-star wide receiver from Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla. He announced his pledge Tuesday.
Despite holding the largest class in the country, Miami’s class should more than double in size during the next year. The Hurricanes need to load up on the offensive line, defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary.
Here’s a glance at where things stand for the 2019 class:
Where Miami’s class ranks
The Hurricanes 2019 class is ranked No. 1 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC by the 247Sports composite rankings. Two of the commits are 4-star recruits. Miami’s nine 3-star commitments are the most in the country.
The Hurricanes pulled in their biggest fish in the Class of 2019 so far. Payton, a 4-star wide receiver from the Jacksonville metropolitan area, verbally committed to Miami on Monday, giving the Hurricanes their first top-100 prospect in the class. His pledge came on the heels of an unofficial visit in Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday. Payton, however, wasn’t the only player to join Miami’s 2019 class this week. Unranked long snapper Mason Napper of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., committed to the Hurricanes as a preferred walk-on Wednesday.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest Miami recruiting headlines:
Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 104
5-star offers: 15
4-star offers: 63
In-state recruits offered: 59
Georgia recruits offered: 17
Texas recruits offered: 6
Tennessee recruits offered: 4
- WR Jeremiah Payton, 4 stars, Duncan U. Fletcher (Neptune Beach, Fla.)
- WR Brieon Fuller, 4 stars, Doral (Fla.) Academy Prep
- T Renato Brown, 3 stars, Palm Beach Central (Wellington, Fla.)
- DT Denzel Daxon, 3 stars, Miami Norland Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
- DE Cameron Williams, 3 stars, Chaminade-Madonna College Prep (Hollywood, Fla.)
- T Brandon Cunningham, 3 stars, St. Martin (Ocean Springs, Miss.)
- RB Marcus Crowley, 3 stars, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville)
- OLB Diamante Howard, 3 stars, Miami Southridge
- TE Larry Hodges, 3 stars, Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
- OLB Jesiah Pierre, 3 stars, Christian Home & Bible (Mount Dora, Fla.)
- G Kingsley Eguakun, 3 stars, Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star CB Jaden Davis, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Jaden Davis is the ideal slot cornerback to potentially play in the Hurricanes 4-3 defense, so it’s no surprise he’s one of Miami’s top targets in 2019. The 4-star defensive back is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, although he more than makes up for it with dominant coverage skills. The junior frequently started ahead of 4-star cornerback Al Blades Jr., who signed with the Hurricanes in the Class of 2018, for St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
The chase for the nation’s No. 18 corner won’t be easy. Davis once appeared to be an early Florida lean before coach Jim McElwain was ousted. As he becomes more acclimated to coach Dan Mullen and his staff, Davis could regain a major affinity for the Gators. The No. 187 overall prospect released a loaded top 10 during February that included Miami and Florida, plus out-of-state powers such as Oklahoma and Ohio State.
4-star ATH Mark Richards, Wellington (Fla.)
The younger brother of star Hurricanes wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, this 4-star athlete has reasonably been viewed as a Miami lean. The 6-1, 195-pound junior attends just about every Hurricanes game and knows Miami better than any other school recruiting him.
The Hurricanes, however, want the nation’s No. 3 athlete as a free safety, one of the positions where he excels for Wellington High School. Other teams — Georgia, Auburn, Oregon and the Gators, among others — want Mark Richards for his offensive ability, which he’ll try to prove this summer. Richards, the No. 39 player in the class, already earned running back MVP honors at one camp this offseason.
5-star WR Frank Ladson, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
Frank Ladson possesses every tool necessary to star as a pass catcher. The 4-star wide receiver is 6-4, 170 pounds, and has deceptive speed. The combination of size and agility turned him into one of the most coveted prospects in the cycle once he de-committed from Florida during December. Clemson dished out an offer the next day. The Bulldogs turned up the pressure and cracked the top 5 for the nation’s No. 3 wideout.
Miami has been a factor all along, even before the junior backed off from his pledge to the Gators. The nation’s No. 43 player overall, Ladson took a number of unofficial visits to see the Hurricanes during the fall. Miami also has a strong foothold at South Dade High School after signing 4-star cornerback D.J. Ivey and 3-star weakside defensive end Patrick Joyner in 2018.
4-star ATH Josh Sanguinetti, NSU University (Fort Lauderdale)
Josh Sanguinetti is one of the smoothest athletes in the country and could be a Day 1 contributor for the Hurricanes on either side of the ball. The 4-star athlete is a standout at wide receiver and cornerback for NSU University School, which led him to 5-star status at one point. Now the 6-2, 170-pound junior is simply the No. 4 athlete in the country and No. 45 player overall.
Miami’s proximity, like with just about every player the Hurricanes target, is a major factor early. Miami has already hosted Sanguinetti a number of times. Stanford holds a similar distinction, though, as Sanguinetti took an offseason trip to the West Coast to see the Cardinal. Florida and the Buckeyes are two other teams pushing hard for Sanguinetti.
4-star G Evan Neal, IMG Academy
Offensive line will be a priority for the Hurricanes in this recruiting cycle and Neal will be a priority. The 4-star guard started at left tackle for IMG as a junior and has the size to play tackle at the next level. The offensive lineman is 6-8, 385 pounds. He’s the No. 3 guard in the country and No. 53 player overall.
Miami is out to an early lead on Neal, too. The junior is a relative of former Hurricanes running back Cleveland Gary and originally hails from Okeechobee, Fla. Most of his family members are Miami fans and Neal’s mother accompanied him on a trip to Hard Rock Stadium during the fall. Florida State, Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma will do all they can to beat out the Hurricanes.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 0/1
- RB: 1/2 (Crowley)
- TE: 1/2 (Hodges)
- WR: 2/3 (Payton, Fuller)
- OL: 3/5 (Brown, Cunningham, Eguakun)
- DL: 2/5 (Daxon, Williams)
- ILB: 0/1
- OLB: 2/4 (Howard, Pierre)
- CB: 0/3
- S: 0/2
- K: 0/0
- P: 0/0
Here’s a breakdown of Miami’s commits by state:
- Florida: 10 (Payton, Fuller, Brown Daxon, Williams, Crowley, Howard, Hodges, Pierre, Eguakun
- Mississippi: 1 (Cunningham)
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