Ahead of the 2022 college football season, recruiting is taking center stage from coast to coast. For Mario Cristobal and his new staff at Miami, things are expected to be quite busy in Coral Gables relative to the top talent expected to travel to campus.
In the class of 2023 and beyond, UM's recruiting momentum is hitting full force, and as a result, the Hurricanes are in the mix for some of the top names around the country. As the talent descends upon south Florida, drops top schools, commitment dates and more, this recruiting tracker will serve as a one-stop-shop for Canes fans looking for the very latest. Firestone
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A former Pac-12 commitment has the Miami Hurricanes in his top group.
Caleb Bryant, the Vicksburg (Miss.) High School star pass rusher, released a top eight on Monday with the Hurricanes square in the mix along with Mississippi State, Jackson State, Oregon, USC, Missouri, Nebraska and Alcorn State.
Bryant was once verbally committed to Utah, but appears all but moved on from the Utes program. He has visited most schools on his final list, including Miami back in the spring when he learned of his scholarship offer from Mario Cristobal's program.
On Tuesday, Bryant confirmed to Sports Illustrated's John Garcia, Jr., that he will look to end the recruiting process during the traditional signing period in February. Class of 2023 recruits could technically begin signing a National Letter of Intent as early as December 21.
Bryant also says he will take multiple official visits before a final decision is to be made early next year.
American Heritage (Fla.) running back Mark Fletcher announced his decommitment from Ohio State.
The decommitment is not a surprising one as both Miami and Florida have been extensively working one of Florida's best tailbacks behind the scenes and it seems as if the Gators could be in the driver's seat considering he's fresh off a visit to the Swamp.
According to MaxPreps, the 6'2 220-pound bruiser is averaging 8.8 yards per carry with 127.1 yards per game and 17 total touchdowns.
Miami has yet to pick up a running back commitment in the class of 2023.
One of Miami’s top commitments has shut out all the rumors of a potential change of heart.
Malik Bryant, the Orlando (Fla.) Jones star pass rusher and linebacker, announced plans to shut down his entire recruitment on Tuesday morning. The Miami verbal commitment, part of the program’s big recruiting wave in the summer, had been rumored to be eyeing the Florida Gators among other programs.
Bryant also confirmed plans to graduate from Jones in December in time for a January enrollment at The U.
Miami has a top 10 recruiting class of 2023, with many of the elite recruits expected to come in and compete for early playing time.
Naturally, rumors began to circulate that Miami commits could look elsewhere following quarterback Jaden Rashada's quick exit from the Hurricanes' recruiting class early on Friday morning. Offensive line commits Francis Mauigoa and Tommy Kinsler, whose names have spun around the rumor mill, want no part of that drama.
The duo of Miami commits took to Twitter on Friday night to state that they will not visit Florida on Saturday when the Gators take on South Carolina, despite buzz circulating that they would.
"BLOCK THE NOISE!!! MIAMI IS HOME!!! I GOT LOVE 4 COACH [Mario Cristobal] and my future CANES!" Mauigoa wrote on Saturday. "I will not be attending FLORIDA this weekend. I'm ALL IN on [The] U."
Kinsler shared a similar message, adding that he "didn’t tell these reporters I was attending Florida game this weekend" as some reports had suggested.
Isn't recruiting fascinating?
Mauigoa and Kinsler weren't the only Miami commits to comment on Rashada's departure. Check out All Hurricanes' reporter Luke Chaney's interviews with five commits who remain locked in with The U following the news here.
The future of the Miami Hurricanes football program remains bright, especially in recruiting, under Mario Cristobal.
UM is one of just a few programs to have two future signal-callers in the class of 2023 currently verbally committed, and the latest sample Emory Williams put on tape was a gem. In arguably his best performance as a varsity starter, the Milton (Fla.) High School quarterback threw for 362 yards and six touchdowns in his latest outing. It paced the Elite 11 field.
Williams wrapped up his regular season, and prep career, with a dominant win over Godby High School, 56-32. He completed 27 of his 33 pass attempts in the rout, adding another 31 yards on the ground as a rusher to boot.
With his senior season complete, Williams' 10-game stat line reads: 161 for 257 for 2,049 yards, 21 touchdowns against just four interceptions. As a runner, Williams added 237 yards and a pair of additional touchdowns.
The Milton Panthers finished the 2022 campaign 3-7.
One of the top athletes in the country could cap his recruitment in Coral Gables.
Nyckoles Harbor, the two-way and two-sport star from Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll High School, confirmed multiple reports of a final official visit schedule this week. Before intentions to sign a National Letter of Intent in February, Harbor will see LSU, Maryland and Miami in December. He had already taken official visits to South Carolina and Michigan.
“The 'Canes I'll say are (recruiting) the hardest," Harbor said of The U recently. "Once (Cristobal) got there and once the new staff got there, they’re recruiting me (the hardest). and it’s paid off.”
Despite on-field struggles, Miami is on a tear in recruiting the class of 2023 and up to No. 7 in the SI team rankings with plenty of top targets remaining. Harbor, who stands 6-foot-4 with freaky speed and overall athleticism, could project on either side of the ball in college and he shown flashes of it as a senior this fall.
IMG Academy (Fla.) five-star cornerback Desmond Ricks has announced his decision to reclassify from 2024 to 2023. Ricks was one of the top players in the class of 2024 and will certainly be in consideration to be a top-10 prospect in the class of 2023.
Ricks announced the decision via Twitter.
Ricks released a top 10 in early July that featured Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Jackson State, LSU and USC. With Miami having success at IMG this cycle, one can imagine that the reclassification gives the Canes a fighting chance to secure his services.
Ricks visited Miami on Oct. 8 and could be in the running to receive an official visit from the highly-touted defensive back.
One of the top prospects in South Florida will make his college choice on Friday, and he’s a prospect the Miami Hurricanes coaching staff has pursued for quite some time.
Wide receiver Hykeem Williams will be selecting from Miami, Florida State, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Pittsburgh among his many scholarship opportunities.
The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan player has a wide array of skills to go along with a 6-foot-3 and 215-pound frame. The speed to get deep, excellent hand-eye coordination to win 50-50 balls, and understands how to use his size to shield off opposing defensive backs just to name a few of Williams’ talents.
At 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Williams will make his choice. Regardless of where Williams decides to call home during his college career, one can be assured that he will still be ardently pursued by the other programs that have been chasing him.
One of the top uncommitted recruits in Florida will make the trek from Lakeland to Miami Gardens on Saturday, per Chad Simmons of On3.
Tyler Williams, the SI99 wide receiver and Lakeland High School star, has cancelled a previously-scheduled trip to Ole Miss for this weekend in order to see The U open up the Mario Cristobal era at home.
Miami didn't make the initial top group for Williams, and it has not received an official visit from the 6'5" standout, but it has a major need at the position and figures to recruit Williams beyond his September 27 verbal commitment date.
At this stage, Georgia appears to be the industry favorite to land the long prospect, though Miami's
One of the top uncommitted offensive line recruits in the country, Monroe Freeling has come off the board.
On Monday evening, he announced a verbal commitment to Georgia over Miami, Florida, Alabama and Clemson, among his listed finalists.
Freeling is tabbed as the No. 4 offensive tackle recruit and a top 50 overall recruit in the SI99 rankings for the class of 2023.
The Miami Hurricanes are among five finalists for Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Oceanside Collegiate Academy offensive tackle Monroe Freeling, alongside Georgia, Clemson, Florida and Alabama. Freeling has locked in a commitment date of Monday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 P.M. ET.
Freeling is one of two priority offensive tackle prospects for the Hurricanes that remain on the recruiting market, the other being Brockton (Mass.) Thayer Academy's Samson Okunlola. Freeling paid Miami three visits this year, including on an official basis in June.
The Canes hope to add one of these prospects to their 2023 haul in order to compile, arguably, the best offensive line class in the country, as Miami already possesses five commitments in the trenches including elite interior projection Francis Mauigoa from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.
There is room for more talent in Miami's haul of 2023 wide receivers, which has led the Hurricanes to check in on several pass-catchers from across the country committed elsewhere in recent weeks.
The latest to generate waves is LSU commit and local Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep receiver Jalen Brown, who told CanesCounty.com that he continues to hear from Miami's coaching staff despite his pledge to the Tigers in July.
"Pretty much, even though I'm committed there's a lot of schools including Miami saying that they're not gonna stop until signing day," Brown said on Friday. "So, they've been texting me, hitting me up weekly. Right now it's just talking, just checking in, yelling me [to] have a good season, just let it come to me, just play hard. And then, hopefully, I become a Miami Hurricane, but I don't know."
Waterproof Membrane At this point, Brown doesn't appear interested or at least ready to commit to visiting Miami again during the 2022 season, stating "I don't think so, I don't know" when asked specifically. But should the Canes become more aggressive with their pitch as the year creeps toward its end, perhaps Brown would consider the short trek to Coral Gables and contemplate a flipping of his services.