And with the recruiting dead period keeping out of state programs from garnering top South Florida prospects, Miami has consistently strived in verbal commitments from the local stars.
Since the original dead period began on April 15 — and extended four more times: first on May 31, next to June 30, July 31, and now to August 31 — the Canes have garnered commitments from eight hometown players: Kinchens, Lamar Seymore, Allan Haye, Malik Curtis, Ryan Rodriguez, Deshawn Troutman, Jacolby George, and Romello Brinson.
That number is bound to grow, as local high school, Miami Palmetto, has numerous studs who’ve remained under the Hurricanes’ radar. Those players: four-star defensive tackle Savion Collins — who’s committed to UM — five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor, five-star cornerback Jason Marshall, four-star safety Corey Collier and three-star wide receiver Brashard Smith.
Here’s a quick summary for each player in the “Palmetto 5” and where the Canes stand in their recruitment:
DT, Leonard Taylor, (6-foot-4, 255 lbs)
Arguably one of the best defensive prospects in the class of 2021, Leonard Taylor has caught the attention of every college in America.
Throughout his recruitment, UM has sort of been up and down with the five-star recruit. Just a few months ago, it seemed as if he was a lock to the University of Florida until coach Manny Diaz and his staff were able to gain ground on Taylor in recent months. As of now, Taylor has cut his list of schools to two: Miami and UF. Taylor’s ultimate decision will likely be determined by the Canes’ 2020 college football season.
He’ll be making his choice August 6 on CBS Sports HQ, he announced on Tuesday.
CB, Jason Marshall, (6-foot-2, 180lbs)
As it stands, Miami isn’t any sort of contention for Marshall, who he left out of his ‘Top 3’ back in April, listing Alabama, Florida and Clemson, with the Crimson Tide having a slight edge over the other schools. Still, Miami, along with LSU and Oregon, could quickly find themselves in the mix for the five-star cornerback.
It’s believed that Miami has become more of an option lately for Marshall, unlike a few months back. Regardless, the Canes have a very slim chance still at snatching him from any of his top three schools.
Safety, Corey Collier, (6-foot-2, 170lbs)
The FSU legacy put Miami in his ‘Final 6’ schools back in May, alongside Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. Right now, it’s comfortable to assume that the Gators are in the lead for the four-star safety.
Collier was expected to take a few official visits before making a decision. Because of COVID-19, it’s uncertain when that’ll be taking place, which could positively benefit UM’s chances of keeping him home. Collier visited Coral Gables a number of times, which allows him to be very familiar with the school, campus life and the list goes on.
DT, Savion Collins, (6-foot-4, 290lbs)
Collins is currently committed to Miami, but many have gotten the idea that he’ll eventually flip to coach Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators. Currently, his family seems to be very high on the Hurricanes, which could play in a final decision to stay in Coral Gables. Still, don’t be surprised to see Collins head over to Gainesville in 2021.
WR, Brashard Smith, (5-foot-8, 190lbs)
The explosive, highly talented wide receiver de-committed from Florida back in May. Since then, UM has skyrocketed as favorites to land the highly touted wideout.
The three-star receiver should be nearing a decision very soon, weighing his options from Miami, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, and Oregon.