At this point, it seems as if the Miami Hurricanes are receiving commitments every other day.
Let’s revisit UM’s busy recruiting week (July 20 – July 26), which included their first five-star 2021 commit.
The biggest news of the year came unexpectedly last Tuesday evening.
The nation’s No. 1 athlete, James Williams, announced his commitment to the University of Miami on social media.
Williams, listed at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, does a tremendous job using his athleticism and size that haunt quarterbacks and receivers all night long. The hometown star strives at the secondary position, being a threat to any pass that goes up in his side. Such remarkable play has the five-star listed as the No. 10 overall player in the 2021 class and the No. 1 player in the Sunshine State by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
He becomes Miami’s top-rated recruit in their 2021 recruiting class and could become the first five-star signee since Lorenzo Lingard back in 2018.
Williams, who collected an offer from UM in 2018, was previously committed to his hometown team before decommitting on May 7, 2019, following a disappointing 7-6 season, matched with the resignation of coach Mark Richt and the involvement of numerous Power Five schools in his recruitment which ultimately led to his decision.
Still, Miami never quit on the highly touted prospect.
If Williams signs, he would be Miami’s 13th highest ranked signee of all time. In addition, he would be the Canes’ highest ranked signee since Marcus Forston, who was a part of the 2008 recruiting class.
The Hurricanes are a step closer to receiving commitments from all five members of the highly touted Palmetto Five.
Miami received a verbal commitment from Miami Palmetto three-star wide receiver Brashard Smith on Sunday.
Smith is a welcome addition to Rhett Lashlee’s up-tempo offense. His ability as a speedy slot receiver bodes well for Miami’s spread offense. He’s 5-foot-9, 190-pounds, very similar to Miami’s last great slot receiver Braxton Berrios, and clocked a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash according to Andrew Ivins of Inside the U.
Smith becomes the Hurricanes’ 20th commit in the 2021 recruiting class, which ranks as No. 10 in the country and No. 3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, behind North Carolina and Clemson, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He’s the second receiver commit, joining Plantation four-star Jacolby George and Miami Northwestern four-star Romello Brinson.
Smith gives the Hurricanes their second commitment from the Palmetto Five.
Six UM Commits Shut Down Recruiting
The Hurricanes’ have continued to solidify their 2021 recruiting class, as five commits have shut down their recruitment and given UM their firm commitment: running back Thad Franklin, kicker Andres Borregales, tight end Khalil Brantley, ATH Williams, safety Kamren Kinchens and wide receiver Smith.
Franklin carried the ball 288 times for 2282 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns for Chaminade Madonna, the Class 3A State Champions in 2019. He’s ranked as a four-star recruit, the No. 224 player and No. 10 running back in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
“It’s best for me to stay home and further my academic and football career at the University of Miami,” Franklin tweeted.
Franklin’s teammate at Chaminade Madonna, Borregales, is the nation’s second-ranked kicker in the class of 2021. He made 13 of 18 field-goal attempts with a long of 57 yards as a junior in 2019.
“While making this decision I realized how important it is for me to stay home and represent my city,” Borregales tweeted.
Over at Miami Northwestern, tight end Brantley, who committed back in February, and Kinchens, who committed in July, have confirmed that they’re signing with Miami.
Brantley comes off of a junior campaign in which he garnered 28 receptions for 626 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound tight end is classified as the No. 35 TE and the 730th overall player in the 2021 class.
Kinchens notched 74 tackles, 11 interceptions, three tackles for loss and a punt return touchdown in 2019. His electric season was key to Miami Northwestern’s Class 5A State Championship run. 247Sports Composite Rankings lists him as the No. 298 prospect in the country and the No. 19 safety in the country.
It once seemed as if “Garcia To The U” would eventually help the Miami Hurricanes land a commitment from four-star quarterback Jake Garcia.
Now, that possibility evidently has begun to diminish, as Garcia is rumored to be interested in enrolling at USC early.
According to Ryan Kartje, a USC beat writer for the LA Times, “Jake Garcia plans to enroll at USC early, anyway, even if that means skipping his lone season at La Habra.”
Kartje adds that due to the uncertainty that beholds the 2020 high school football season, many players in the California area are preparing to enroll in their university early.
The 6-foot-2, 188-pound quarterback is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2021, according to 247 Sports Composite. Garcia is also the nation’s No. 37 overall prospect and No. 4 player in California.
Committing to the Trojans on September 23, 2019, the well-known signal-caller has remained in contact with Miami’s staff. In fact, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee visited Garcia’s high school to meet with him back in February. And while the chase for Garcia isn’t completely over, it’s certainly decreasing as COVID-19 keeps him from visiting the Coral Gables campus and growing relationships with potential future teammates and coaches.
Chaminade-Madonna’s strong-side defensive end, Jamaal Johnson, announced his commitment to the University of Miami last Thursday.
Johnson wrote on Twitter, “After a great talk with Coach [Manny] Diaz and Coach [Todd] Stroud I am announcing that I am committed to the University of Miami.”
Despite offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kentucky, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, Johnson decided to put on for his city. According to 247Sports, the three-star defensive lineman (6-foot-2, 230 lbs.) is pegged as the nation’s No. 26 SDE and the state’s No. 59 player.
Palmetto 4-Star S Corey Collier Lists Miami In Final Three
Palmetto four-star safety Corey Collier released his final three schools list, which mentioned the Hurricanes.
The 6-2, 170-pound Collier comes off a junior season in which he picked off four passes and broke up 13 while recording 52 tackles. The Miami Herald All-Dade 8A-6A first-team selection is pegged as the nation’s No. 3 safety in the 2021 class.
Collier visited Coral Gables during Junior Day back in January.
“[Ephraim Banda] was the first one to offer me out of all these schools and they have been with me since my freshman year,” Collier noted.
He’s the son of Cornelius Collier, who played at FSU from 1999 to 2002, but left the Noles out of his top school’s list. He’s set to choose between UM, UF and LSU on August 10.
Jim Larranaga’s Hurricanes have emerged as the favorites to land 2021 point guard Bensley Joseph.
The four-star mentioned the Canes in his ‘Top 5’ list that included Boston College, Georgetown, Providence and Marquette.
Joseph is listed as the No. 14 point guard and No. 1 player in his state on 247Sports’ Composite rankings. He’s the No. 68 overall player in ESPN’s Top 100.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, Joseph thrives in attacking the basket and creating scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. At the same time, the lefty shooter has a great touch from mid-range and beyond the arc. He averaged 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and two steals per game for Cushing Academy (MA).
Throughout the week, 247Sports put out five Crystal Ball predictions leaning towards Joseph committing to Miami. He’s set to announce his commitment on Monday, July 27, at 12:00 p.m.