2017 Miami Hurricanes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Class Overview
After slipping over the last few years, this is what a Miami recruiting class should look like. Mark Richt went national for a few key players – like DE D.J. Johnson out of California – but he was able to own parts of Florida. The defensive line gets the stars, with Jonathan Garvin and Johnson for the ends, and Jonathan Ford a great early in the process for the defensive interior. So who’s going to be the quarterback in a few years? N’Kosi Perry and Case Weldon signed on around the same time, and they’re going to get a few years to groom under Richt.
The Miami Hurricanes Class Is Heavy On …
Offensive linemen. The high-profile stars are at the other positions, but the line got its share of big-time gets, too. Kai-Leon Herbert is built to add enough bulk to his frame to potentially roll at either tackle spot, but it’s Navaughn Donaldson who was the great pickup. A massive mountain of a prospect, he could see time at right tackle, but he’s destined to be a crusher of a guard if he gets to the next level. They’re just the headliners of a deep haul of talents.
The Star of the Miami Hurricanes Class Is …
DE D.J. Johnson, 6-5, 240, Sacramento, CA – Offensive tackle prospect Navaughn Donaldson is close, but Johnson should be the biggest difference-maker – at least until we see what Perry can potentially do under center. An interesting recruit, Johnson was wanted by everyone in the Pac-12, and Alabama, Florida and Clemson made a push, too. While he’s a bit of a tweener, he’ll eventually be an NFL-sized pass rusher with a great burst and the body to get bigger.
The Miami Hurricanes Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Defensive back. The Canes are loaded everywhere else, but the team’s leading tackler – Jamal Carter – is done from one safety spot, corner Corn Elder finished, and free safety Rayshawn Jenkins needing to be replaced. That’s three of the team’s top four tacklers gone. The terrific linebacking corps should make up for it, but it’s still going to be a concern early on.