I laid out a handful of Miami recruiting goals for September at the start of the month. The month was mostly quiet with Hurricane Irma ripping through the state, but did Miami do what it needed to do out on the recruiting trail?
Let’s recap the month that was in the Hurricanes’ recruiting world.
1. Lock in some 5-star visits
Miami was in the mix for a handful of 5-star prospects not that long ago, but 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., and 5-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall both dropped the Hurricanes from their list in August, leaving Miami with 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons and 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell to focus on.
A month later, it seems the Hurricanes’ list of potential 5-star commits has dwindled to just Campbell, and it’s not looking particularly promising for the senior from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla.
Miami was always a long shot to land Parsons, who also plays running back. The outside chance hinged on getting one of his five official visits. He decided on a top 4, which will likely include Georgia, Penn State, Ohio State and Nebraska, according to Tyler Donohue of Land of 10. Last time Donohue spoke with the Harrisburg (Pa.) High School senior, Parsons mentioned Alabama as a potential fifth school. The Hurricanes, it seems, are out of the mix.
So, it all falls on Campbell, who has already chosen the destination for three of his official visits and, so far, Miami isn’t one. He’ll definitely go see the Bulldogs, Crimson Tide and Buckeyes. The Hurricanes need to lock in one of the final two.
This still isn’t a total failure for Miami. Campbell plans to be at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 11 when the No. 13 Hurricanes host No. 21 Notre Dame in Miami Gardens, Fla. The defensive back was also down in Coral Gables, Fla., on Sunday to watch the Hurricanes practice, 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins reports.
2. Keep the Tide at bay
So far, so good here, although Miami certainly isn’t out of the woods. Alabama is still in the mix for a handful of defensive backs in the Hurricanes’ Class of 2018, including Campbell, 4-star cornerback Josh Jobe and 4-star safety Gurvan Hall.
Campbell and Jobe are two of the Crimson Tide’s priority targets right now, and both plan to take official visits to Tuscaloosa, Ala. Campbell said Alabama is one of the three schools pushing hardest for him, and Jobe told Chris Kirschner of SEC Country that the Crimson Tide has a “really good chance” to flip him.
This is a story line which will permeate up until National Signing Day. Campbell doesn’t plan to sign until then, and Miami will have to duke it out with Alabama all the way.
3. Pull off an upset
OK, this is a weird one in hindsight. Not only did the Hurricanes not play Florida State in September, but when the teams finally play Saturday, Miami will be the favorite in Tallahassee, Fla.
There are four ranked teams from Florida right now, including the No. 13 Hurricanes, and somehow none is the Seminoles. Miami has a chance to end a seven-year losing streak to its fiercest rival and simultaneously make a statement on the recruiting trail. The Hurricanes appear to be one of nation’s real teams on the rise and a win against a team which spent most of the last few seasons in the Top 10 could represent a shifting balance of power in the state.
There aren’t many prospects Miami and Florida State are currently battling for – 3-star linebacker Patrick Joyner, who is committed to the Seminoles, is the only one in the Class of 2018 – but a win for the Hurricanes would be proof coach Mark Richt has Miami headed in the right direction.
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