The 2018 Miami football recruiting class sits at 19 commitments with less than three months remaining before the early signing period in December. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the Class of 2018 was John Campbell, a 3-star offensive lineman from Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Fla.), who announced his pledge in July.
It’s possible Miami’s class won’t wind up much larger. The Hurricanes have 13 seniors on the 2017 roster, so there’s not much room for the Class of 2018 to expand without attrition.
Here’s a glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where Miami’s class ranks
Miami’s 2018 class is ranked No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC. One of the commits is a 5-star recruit, and 13 are 4-star prospects. Miami’s number of 4-star commits is tied for the most in the country with Texas.
Only one uncommitted player in the Class of 2018 was at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. Abraham Alce, a 3-star running back from Immokalee (Fla.) High School, was in attendance for his first unofficial visit of his senior year, placing the Hurricanes as the early favorites to land Alce as a fullback-type player in this class. Otherwise, Miami is remaining focused on holding on to some of its top committed players. Mark Pope, a 4-star wide receiver, reiterated his commitment despite a Florida visit earlier this month, but 4-star cornerback Josh Jobe continues to say Alabama has a good chance to flip him. And then there’s Tyson Campbell, whose recruitment continues to be something of a mystery. The 5-star cornerback, the Hurricanes’ top remaining target, doesn’t seem closer to making a decision.
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Offers by the numbers
Reported offers: 178
5-star offers: 18
4-star offers: 99
In-state recruits offered: 73
Texas recruits offered: 14
Louisiana recruits offered: 8
California recruits offered: 7
- RB Lorenzo Lingard, 5 stars, University (Orange City, Fla.)
- TE Brevin Jordan, 4 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
- QB Artur Sitkowski, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
- WR Mark Pope, 4 stars, Miami Southridge (Miami)
- CB Al Blades Jr., 4 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- CB Josh Jobe, 4 stars, Cheshire Academy (Cheshire, Conn.)
- WR Brian Hightower, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
- S Gurvan Hall, 4 stars, Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
- CB Gilbert Frierson, 4 stars, Coral Gables Senior (Coral Gables, Fla.)
- RB Cam’Ron Davis, 4 stars, Miami Carol City (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
- TE Will Mallory, 4 stars, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- G Cleveland Reed, 4 stars, Fort Meade (Fort Meade, Fla.)
- DT Nesta Silvera, 4 stars, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
- G Delone Scaife, 4 stars, Miami Southridge (Miami)
- WR Daquris Wiggins, 3 stars, Miami Southridge (Miami)
- T John Campbell, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)
- DE Gregory Rousseau, 3 stars, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)
- CB D.J. Ivey, 3 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
- K Bubba Baxa, 3 stars, Pasadena Memorial (Pasadena, Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Tyson Campbell is Miami’s best chance left to make a blue-chip splash in the Class of 2018. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 180-pound cornerback played for Hurricanes cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph when Rumph was the coach at American Heritage School. Marshall’s teammate, 4-star DT Silvera, recently shut down his recruitment to lock in with Miami.
Campbell, who is the nation’s No. 3 cornerback, hasn’t mentioned specifics regarding official visits, but Campbell said the Hurricanes probably will get one. The 247Sports Crystal Ball lists 40 percent of its predictions pegging Miami as the favorite. Ohio State, once the other favorite, may be seeing its chances fading.
5-star DE Micah Parsons, Harrisburg (Pa.)
A pair of Big Ten schools look like the frontrunners for Micah Parsons, the former Penn State commit. However, the 6-3, 235-pound weakside defensive end is considering an official visit to Miami. Ranked No. 1 at his position and No. 5 overall in the nation per 247Sports, Parsons would be a steal for the Hurricanes, who are trying to land another defensive lineman.
Ohio State has gotten one visit and Nebraska is next. Then he plans to go to Southern California. The Hurricanes, Florida State, Florida, Georgia and the Nittany Lions are in contention for one of the last slots, although Miami seems to be fading. Penn State is in a good position to get Parsons back.
4-star DT Trevor Trout, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis)
Trevor Trout is one of two options Miami has to fill its opening at defensive tackle in this class. The 6-3, 315-pound senior is the No. 4 player in Missouri and named the Hurricanes as one of his six finalists earlier this week along with Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Southern California and UCLA.
Trout, the No. 186 player in the country and No. 16 at his position, would be only Miami’s third commit in this class to never play a high school down in Florida.
3-star DT Dennis Briggs, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Dennis Briggs, a 6-4, 252-pound defensive tackle, is taking his time with his recruitment, although things could speed up quickly. He dropped a top-10 during the summer and says Miami and Florida State are his favorites. John Campbell, a tackle from Dr. Phillips High School who is already committed to the Hurricanes, said Briggs is leaning toward joining him.
Briggs is the No. 30 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018. Since it now seems that Silvera won’t flip his commitment, Briggs might be a lower priority.
3-star G Ed Montilus, Apopka (Fla.)
Ed Montilus is one of two Apopka High School offensive linemen Miami has targeted during this recruiting cycle and seems the more likely to wind up in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes are mostly set at offensive line, but Montilus, the No. 25 guard in the country, is someone Miami will keep tabs on. The senior named the Hurricanes to his top-4 list during the spring.
With two guards committed, the Hurricanes are more likely to focus on a tackle such as William Barnes, Montilus’ Apopka teammate, or Daniel Faalele of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Montilus, however, is the lineman Miami is best positioned for, even as the Hurricanes seem to fade a bit.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 1/1 (Sitkowski)
- RB: 2/2 (Lingard, Davis)
- TE: 2/2 (Jordan, Mallory)
- WR: 3/4 (Pope, Hightower, Wiggins)
- OL: 3/4 (Reed, Scaife, Campbell)
- DL: 2/3 (Silvera, Rousseau)
- ILB: 0/1
- OLB: 0/0
- CB: 4/4 (Blades, Jobe, Frierson, Ivey)
- S: 1/1 (Hall)
- K: 1/1 (Baxa)
- P: 0/0
Here’s a breakdown of Miami’s commits by state:
- Florida: 16 (Lingard, Sitkowski, Pope, Blades, Hightower, Hall, Frierson, Davis, Mallory, Reed, Silvera, Scaife, Wiggins, Campbell, Rousseau, Ivey)
- Nevada: 1 (Jordan)
- Connecticut: 1 (Jobe)
- Texas: 1 (Baxa)