By: Eric Moore
Coach Diaz will be looking to make his statement on the trail this year, and with the passion he is bringing to his dream job. Manny Diaz is looking to do whatever it takes for him to succeed, but it will still be a challenge for the first time Head Coach. This may be his first year at helm, but Coach Diaz has been at Miami for the previous 3 seasons and knows the recruiting grounds all too well. Coach Diaz is looking in the Tri-County area for kids who want to “Make The Crib Great”, but he is also going national and looking to not get burned by some kids who may be looking to leave home.
With a new offensive coordinator running the show, this is definitely a position that will be a focal point. Coach Enos has Redshirt Sophomore N’kosi Perry who has starts under his belt, Redshirt Freshman Jarren Williams who was highly recruited out of high school, and Redshirt Sophomore Tate Martell in his quarterback room already. There still is uncertainty in the room, as Martell is still waiting for a the NCAA to approve his waiver. Perry and Williams will be the headliners going into camp if Martell doesn’t receive his waiver, yet Enos brought in Payton Matocha this past class and still has Cade Weldon also.
Recruiting board: Beck recently committed to Georgia, and very unlikely they still recruit him. Spann and Richardson are two quarterbacks in state that don’t have offers from current staff, but could change in the near future. Sims is a quarterback who recently committed to Florida State and don’t expect that to change either. Looking outside the state you will have, Tee Webb, Tyler Van Dyke, and Bryce Young will be names to keep tabs on.
QB: Tee Webb
Unlike the quarterback position for the University of Miami, the running back room isn’t much of a concern with True Junior Deejay Dallas, True Sophomore Cam’ron Davis, and True Sophomore Lorenzo Lingard in the backfield. Redshirt Sophomore Robert Burns likely will be RB4 and Miami has Redshirt sophomore Asa Martin who recently transferred from Auburn. This class only needs 1 running back, but could take 2 as transfers will be a concern.
RB: Don Chaney Jr and Henry Parrish
This is a position of need, but not a major need. The wide receiver room will likely look for a kid that could come in like Richards and Thomas did as freshman. Losing Richards to an injury and likely Thomas leaves this year for the NFL. The position will need 3 to 4, as Buffalo transfer KJ Osburn will leave for graduation at the end of the year. Outside of those guys it is unclear if any could take over the number one spot after those guys leave. The wide receiver board has been shuffled since the new staff has arrived, and it may continue until they spot 1 or 2 guys that will be their main target. Miami currently has Marcus Fleming and Bryan Robinson committed, and will look to compare at least one more top target with them.
WR: Marcus Fleming, Bryan Robinson, Thaiu Jones-Bell
Miami is real thin at tight end and only 2 true sophomores in Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory are guaranteed. While Michael Irvin II and Brian Polendy are on the rosters, both are coming off injuries and will have to show they are ready to compete. Jordan showed last season what he could do, and Mallory will receive more playing time this year. Miami would like to add two tight ends to this class, but they would be ok with the one that have now. Current Miami Commit Dominic Mammarelli is solid to the Hurricanes, but they have a few more on the board they are recruiting. They would like to add a big body to the tight end room, as last cycle the added Larry Hodges who is a similar build to Mammarelli and Jordan. Jonathan Odom is a name to know, at 6’6 240lbs he’s a big body.
TE: Dominic Mammarelli
This is a position that will need to bring in some day 1 contributors, as Navaughn Donaldson may be in Miami for his last year. DJ Scaife came in and proved he is ready to be a starter, but the right side of the line is unproven. Miami brought in a grad-transfer from Butler in Tom Kennedy, so he should take over the right tackle spot, but center and right guard are open slots currently. Scaife may move to right guard, and that would open the tackle spots on both sides. New offensive line coach Butch Berry has his work cut out, so the 2020 class should take 4 to 5 offensive linemen if they can. Luckily the state is pretty deep at this spot, and Coach Berry will need to hit the trail hard to fight off outsiders. Top offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil and Issiah Walker are two from south Florida that will be major targets, and previous Miami Commit Jonathan Denis will be another prospect Miami will go after hard to get back in the class. Miami has sent out some offers on the trail across the country, and will look to see who they can land.
OL: Issiah Walker, Jonathan Denis, Richard Leonard IV, Thomas Shrader
A position of need and that is looking to add strong talent to what is already a strong defensive line. With the departure of Joe Jackson and Gerald Willis, two All-ACC guys will be hard to replace. Miami feels strong about Nesta Silvera, Greg Rousseau, Jonathan Garvin, and the addition of grad transfers Chigozie Nnoruka and Trevon Hill will help. Miami added Jahfari Harvey, Jason Blissett, and Jared Harrison-Hunte this last class and feel really good about those young guys. This class they will try and bring in some more top kids that can contribute early on. Chantz Williams, Latarie Kinsler, Johnny Walker, Quentin Williams, Samuel Anaele, Tre’von Riggins, and Elijah Roberts are all on the board and will be recruited hard.
DL: Samuel Anaele, Tre’von Riggins, Elijah Roberts, Willie Moise
Linebacker will be a spot with a lot of question marks next season, and the staff hopes that the back-ups show some sites of promise during this year. The trio of seniors will have all the attention, but the back-ups have a lot to prove this season going into next year. This may be a position that the staff will need to go national, as it isn’t a very deep class this year in south Florida. Justin Flowe, Jayion McCluster, Sav’ell Smalls, Jaylen Harrell, Derek Wingo, Devon Betty, and Jamari Stewart are all on the board for the staff. It will be a position to watch how it ends up come signing day.
LB: Jaylen Harrell, Jamari Stewart, and Devon Betty.
After bringing in three defensive backs last class, this cycle will need 4 or 5 defensive backs. There are a lot of question marks in the secondary outside of Trajan Bandy, and who will step up to take Redwine, Johnson, and Jackson spot. Secondary will be young this year, as Gurvan Hall, Amari Carter, Derrick Smith, and Bubba Bolden will battle for the safety spots on the back end. DJ Ivey, Al Blades Jr, Christian Williams, and Te’cory Couch will battle for the last cornerback spot and nickel spot in the secondary. Coach Rumph and Coach DVD have proved they can develop defensive backs, and they will definitely have to this year. Defensive Back will be a position that will be recruited locally, but if a national player shows they want in and are worth the take. Coach Rumph and Coach Banda will take them, but it will be another position to see who wants in after 2 have already committed.
DB: Jaiden Francois, Ladarius Tennison, Derek Bermudez, Keshawn Lawrence, Jerrold Pough.