Miami Hurricanes Football Recruiting: 2017 National Signing Day Player Tracker
The Miami Hurricanes have signed a consensus top 15 class. It includes a few four star prospects and players that have flipped from Alabama and Michigan. The future looks bright at the U.
Wide Receiver/Kick Returner, East St. Louis, Il, East St. Louis High School, 5’10 175, 4*
Thomas was a signficant get for the Hurricanes. The fact that Mark Richt and his staff are getting players over more currently established programs like Alabama and Michigan means the U is on the way back. Richt mentioned the importance of restoring the swagger at the U when he spoke with Zagacki and Bailey on ACC extra’s National Signing Day Special.
Running Back, Miami, FL-Gulliver Prep) 5’11 216 4*
Dual Threat QB, Vanguard High School, Ocala, FL, 6’4 185, 4*
The talented Dual Threat Quarterback finished his career with an impressive 5127 passing yards, 64 passing touchdowns, 494 yards rushing and another 20 touchdowns with his feet.
Perry is the established #1 overall recruit on Miami’s board for 2017. He brings an added dimension that quite simply the Hurricane haven’t seen in a very long time or maybe ever.
Quarterback, Thomas Jefferson High School, Tampa, FL, 6’3 204, 3*
There are no wasted steps. When he reaches his final step in his drop he has a very definitive decision matrix and the ball is out ON TIME. This is not a very replicated trait among most high school quarterbacks and that is where his Dad’s tutelage has paid dividends.
Linebacker, Miami Central High School, Miami, FL, 5’11 203 3*
Steed is great at filling the hole downhill in the run game. However, Steed maybe limited in the 2017 season due to knee injury. The linebacker played his whole senior season with a partially torn ACL. Steed has already had surgery to repair the knee and has begun the rehabilitation process.
Steed has dealt with other injuries. He missed his entire Junior season in 2016 with a torn labrum. He was one of the earliest commits in the 2017 class. Steed commited to the U in Debruary 2017 while Al Golden was still the Head Coach.
Due to his injury and the returns of the Hurricanes entire linebacking corp from 2016, its will be hard for Steed to get on the field in 2017. He could be a redshirt candidate this upcoming season. He should become a solid backup when he recovers fully.
Miami Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz added his insight about Steed on HurricaneSports:
Bradley Jennings, Jr.
Linebacker, Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville, FL, 6’1 231 3*
The linebacker has good patience and explodes to the ball. Much like Steed, Jennings Jr. possesses sideline to sideline speed and the ability to stay clean to make tackles. Generates explosiveness and strikes ball carriers. Will provide solid depth behind current linebackers on roster.
Linebacker, Carol City High School, Miami, FL, 6’3 202, 4*
He contains excellent speed and gets up field to the ball. Plays fast and aggressive which allows some cases of over-pursuing. Wilder does a good job of beating blocks to ball. Do not be surprised to see Wilder on the field this season in some form of capacity. Catch his film here.
Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz analysis and Wilder’s Bio on HurricaneSports are here:
Defensive Line, Burbank High School, Sacramento, California,, 6’5 240, 4*
Obviously needs to gain weight and needs to work on pad level when engaging offensive tackles. The ESPN Under-Armour All American will battle for playing time in deep, deep defensive line for the Miami Hurricanes. Check out his film here:
Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski analyzed Johnson and his official bio from Hurricane Sports follows.
Defensive End, Lake Worth Community High School, Lake Worth, FL, 6’4 229, 4*
Garvin contains a good motor and physical tools that help him get to the football. A little light for a defensive end at this stage and maybe a red-shirt candidate. However, Garvin will make a big splash in years to come for the Hurricanes.
Center/Guard, Parkland, Fla, 6’4 285, 3*
Defensive Tackle, Dillard High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 6’5 275, 3*
Offensive Tackle, American Heritage High School, Planation, Florida, 6’5 285, 4*
The consensus scouting report seems to be that he has excellent foot work to go with great length. His body is still developing. The coaching staff is probably looking forward to getting Herbert into the weight room.
Herbert has increased his nastiness throughout his prep career. It will be interesting to see which side of the line he will wind up on. With Navuaghn Donaldson part of the class, it’s likely Herbert plays right tackle
Defensive Back, Palm Beach Gardens High School, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 6’2 188, 4*
Safety, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, FL, 6’2 200, 3*
Fits the mold of the philosophy of Manny Diaz of being a physical tackler, shows athleticism by playing wide receiver in high school. Hard hitter, likely projected to be a strong safety. Breaks on the ball well and has above average speed. Will come in for a bid for playing time.
Cornerback, Columbus High School, Miami, Florida, 5’9 180 4*
Cornerback, Blinn College and Homestead, Fla., South Dade High School, 6’2 185 4*
Punter, Ridgewood High School, Glen Rock, New Jersey, 6’2 210, 2.5*
Wide Receiver/Kick Returner, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fl, 5’9 160, 4*
Offensive Line, Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Ga., 6’6 287, 3*
Wide Receiver, Wayne Hills High School, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, 6’6 196, 3*
Athlete (Likely DB or WR), Brunswick, Ga., Glynn Academy, 5’10 205. 4*
Offensive Tackle, Miami Central High School, Miami, Florida, 6’6 335, 4*
Offensive Line, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Spirit Lake High School, 6’6 305, 3*
Tight End, Denton, Texas, Guyer High School, 6’6 220. 3*
Mark Richt and his staff did a great job in their first full year recruiting cycle. Appearing with Joe Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr. on Miami’s flaghship station WQAM yesterday, Richt said he considers four years a full recruiting cycle.
They also discussed the dividends that getting in the youth camps with the seventh and eight graders will pay in the years to come, plus the success of the Paradise Camps. Richt stressed the importance of the perception that the U is on its way back.
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