Miami recruiting to-do list for October: Beat Florida State, find OL help

After a quiet month of Miami recruiting, the Hurricanes head into ACC play with a chance to make an impression on the recruiting trail. Here are three things that have to be on Miami’s to-do list for October:

1. End the streak against Florida State

Take two. One of the goals I set for the Hurricanes in September was to finally beat Florida State. I called it an upset at the time as the Seminoles looked like they were on track to potentially win the ACC.

A lot has changed in a month since the game was moved back because of Hurricane Irma. Florida State is on to its backup quarterback and outside the Top 25. Miami is one of the most fun teams in the nation and steadily climbing toward the Top 10. A win Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla., would further shift the balance of power in the Hurricanes’ favor.

Miami isn’t competing with the Seminoles for a ton of recruits right now – 3-star linebacker Patrick Joyner, who is committed to Florida State, is one of the few in the Class of 2018 – so a win here for the Hurricanes would be all about perceptions. Miami wants to position itself as a team on the rise and a road win against an archrival to snap a seven-game losing streak agains the opponent would prove the Hurricanes aren’t the same team they’ve been for most of the decade.

There is one more short-term factor in play. Dennis Briggs, a 3-star defensive tackle in the 247Sports composite rankings, will be at Doak Campbell Stadium this weekend for the game. The senior defensive lineman has Miami and the Seminoles as his top-two schools right now and has already been to one game at Doak Campbell this year. The Hurricanes have a chance to make a strong impression on one of their top remaining targets left in this class.

2. Find an offensive lineman to target

Miami’s current recruiting class is close to finished, but there are still a couple of glaring needs. One of those voids is at offensive line, and the Hurricanes don’t have a clear target to fill the hole.

Miami’s current offensive line class consists for 4-star guards Cleveland Reed and Delone Scaife, and 3-star tackle John Campbell. The Hurricanes need to find a fourth, preferably at tackle.

Ed Montilus, a 3-star guard from Apopka (Fla.) High School, appeared to be a logical option for a while, but Florida and North Carolina seemed to have pulled ahead. Daniel Faalele, a 3-star Australian tackle, might be an option, but the senior from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is famously coy about his recruitment. Maybe the Hurricanes can make a late push for 4-star tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere from Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla.

Landing a fourth lineman in this class isn’t as simple as sealing the deal with a prospect already leaning toward Miami. The Hurricanes need to choose a target to focus on as soon as they can. Maybe it will be someone totally off the radar. This could be a tough scouting job for Miami.

3. Turn up the pressure on 5-star CB Tyson Campbell

Tyson Campbell is the Hurricanes’ top remaining target left in this class, or so logic would dictate. The 5-star cornerback told DieHards on Sept. 22 he has three schools pushing hardest for him and the Hurricanes weren’t on the list.

Miami is still very much in the mix for the senior, who ranks as the No. 3 cornerback in the 247Sports composite rankings, but the Hurricanes will have some fierce competition from Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State. Miami did a good job to get Campbell on campus for practice Sunday and will get him down to Hard Rock Stadium for the Notre Dame game on Nov. 11. The Hurricanes need to do more of this.

Fortunately for Miami, Campbell doesn’t plan to commit until after the U.S. Army All-American Game in January and won’t sign until National Signing Day in February. The Hurricanes have plenty of time to prove what a priority Campbell is.

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