Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Miami Hurricanes recruiting class.
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Blow off this recruiting class. It’s nothing special compared to the whoppers Mark Richt was able to bring in, but whatever. Manny Diaz is settling into the job, and in 2019, it’s more than just coming up with a good haul on National Signing Day.
Ohio State transfer Tate Martell is the one of the team’s best recruits. Getting back No. 1 WR Jeff Thomas after his flirtation with Illinois is a giant deal, and landing grad transfer WR KJ Osborn from Buffalo is massive. To keep this going …
Asa Martin was one of last year’s top recruits … for Auburn. The running back will be a star in the Cane backfield next year. Chigozie Nnoruka from UCLA for the D line and Butler’s Tommy Kennedy for the O line helps the cause right away. And Bubba Bolden is a former Penn State safety who might start instantly.
Diaz was able to land Trevon Hill, a strong pass rusher for Virginia Tech who was dismissed by the team. He came with 5.5 sacks two years ago and 3.5 last season in three games before getting booted for supposedly getting into a locker room argument.
There are plenty of very good, very solid prospects coming in – most aren’t as promising as WR Mark Pope and RB Lorenzo Lingard were in last year’s class. However …
Christian Williams is close. It was a big deal that Diaz flipped the star cornerback prospect from Alabama, and he was able to land LB Anthony Solomon. Call that a glimpse of what’s about to come over the next several recruiting seasons.
Give Diaz a year to work, and he’ll have Miami back in the top ten of the recruiting rankings. The abrupt decision by Mark Richt to retire obviously became an issue, but remember, he quit after the early signing period. This was an odd recruiting season – again, give Diaz a year.
Forget about what this class isn’t. It does have a few terrific defensive ends coming in including Jahfari Harvey and Cameron Williams – they just need time to bulk up. The defensive backs are there, too, starting with Keontra Smith for a corner gig.
The strange signing? Louis Hedley. The JUCO transfer kicker out of San Francisco is a good one, but Bubba Baxa is coming off a good freshman season hitting 9-of-12 field goals.
Someone somewhere will do a combined transfer-recruiting season ranking. Again, that’s what matters more than getting a slew of young guys, at least for right now. As these things go, Diaz is crushing it.