Miami recruiting mailbag: Answering offensive line questions

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for our weekly Miami recruiting mailbag around these parts. I’ve spent a lot of the past few days writing about the potential future of the Hurricanes’ offensive line situation, so it made sense to to expound on my thoughts at the position. Most of today’s mailbag will focus on that.

As always, you can either tweet me your questions at @DBWilson2 or shoot me an email at I also do a weekly Facebook Live every Tuesday at 7 p.m. I can take your questions then, too.

Let’s get to the mailbag:

What’s Miami going to do at offensive line? It seems like we need one more. (Doug Brown via email)

Totally agree. In my mind, finding a fourth offensive lineman in the Class of 2018 is more important than finding a fourth wide receiver, because the Hurricanes need to diversify the class. They have two potential stud guards, Cleveland Reed and Delone Scaife, and a lower-upside tackle, John Campbell. Miami needs to find another tackle to take a chance on here.

It’s part of why I think the Hurricanes have cooled on Ed Montilus, the Apopka (Fla.) High School guard who seemed like a top target for a while.

Of course, the offensive lineman the Hurricanes seem to be best positioned with right now is also a guard. Tank Jenkins, a 4-star prospect, is planning to visit Miami at some point this fall. He’s a good enough prospect that the Hurricanes wouldn’t pass on him.

There’s not a clear tackle on the board, though. Maybe Daniel Faalele from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., could be an option as a 3-star project to pair with the more polished Campbell, or maybe Miami gets back involved with 4-star tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere of Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla. The Hurricanes need one more young tackle as freshman Kai-Leon Herbert seems likely to slide into a starting role next year. They need someone to fill the other spot long term whenever Tyree St. Louis leaves.

What were your impressions of Renato Brown from Monday? Where do you see him playing for us? (Manny Hernandez via email)

Brown was impressive Monday in Wellington, Fla. The lineman started at left tackle and defensive end, and was Palm Beach Central High School’s best player during its 34-20 win against crosstown rival Wellington High School.

A couple things stood out. The first was the big play he had on defense, ranging from defensive tackle to one of the boundaries to pull in his first interception. It was an impressive display of the athleticism which makes the 6-foot-5, 310-pound junior an intriguing under-the-radar prospect.

My second takeaway was how impressive he was on the offensive line, particularly in pass protection. The 3-star prospect, who the 247Sports composite rankings consider the No. 51 offensive tackle in the Class of 2019, worked exclusively out of a two-point stance and none of the defensive ends or outside linebackers who lined up against him had a chance. He’s raw – Brown only began playing football as an eighth-grader – but the tools are there.

So where do I see him fitting best? He’s better on the offensive line, a position of more pressing need for the Hurricanes, but Brown is set on playing defensive tackle at the next level. I think that’s where his greatest upside will be. He didn’t play much defensive line last year for Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.), so he has a ton of room for growth there.

Why not Surtain? He has a relationship with Rumph. (Vic Rosati via Facebook)

Let’s finish up with a quick detour. It’s no secret that Patrick Surtain Jr.’s top two schools – Florida State and LSU – are both struggling this year. At least one of those school’s struggles I think could have an influence on the 5-star cornerback’s decision. If the Tigers make another coaching change, things have a chance to change quickly

Still, Miami isn’t going to come away with the defensive back from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., despite the Mike Rumph connection.

For those who don’t know, before Rumph was coaching cornerbacks for the Hurricanes he was at American Heritage, where he helped develop Surtain early during his career. Miami was in the mix for a little while, but now it’s clear Surtain has schools he prefers. Remember: He didn’t spend his entire childhood in South Florida. He lived in Kansas City when he was younger and his father, former Dolphins All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain, was playing for the Chiefs.

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