Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes look to add some talent to their secondary, establishing themselves as serious contenders to land four-star cornerback Darian Chestnut.
On Saturday, Miami was cataloged on Chestnut’s ‘Elite 8’ list, along with Michigan, Louisville, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Kansas.
The Camden, New Jersey native is ranked as the No. 24 cornerback in the nation and the No. 6 player in the Garden State, per 247Sports Composite.
Darian “Duce” Chestnut — 5-foot-11, 180 pounds — has the physical attributes to play corner or safety at the next level. His tenacity and aggressiveness set him apart from the rest. He is an exquisite tackler that plays physical when covering opposing wideouts. Chestnut garnered 47 total tackles, five interceptions, and 13 pass breakups as a junior at Camden High School.
This is not the first time the Hurricanes have recruited defensive talent from one of the best football programs in New Jersey. Miami signed Camden High School linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave in the 2020 recruiting cycle.
As of now, the Hurricanes have two cornerbacks committed to the program, in three-star Tim Burns Jr. out of Miami Northwestern, and three-star Malik Curtis out of Fort Myers Bishop Verot.
Chestnut could potentially be the third cornerback to commit to the U.