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Miami Hurricanes News And Notes: Recruiting Continues To Heat Up

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Happy Monday. As the Miami Hurricanes continue to improve its offseason recruiting, Let’s revisit what news you may have missed from last week (June 22-28).

Longtime UM Commit Willie Moise Enrolls At Coastal Carolina

Former Chaminade Madonna (Hollywood, FL) defensive lineman Willie Moise has backed out of the Hurricanes’ 2020 recruiting class and is headed to Coastal Carolina.

Moise was Miami’s longest-standing commit in the Class of 2020, leading back to March of 2018, but needed to improve his academic situation in order to qualify, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

Moise put out a message for Miami fans hours after the announcement on Twitter:

“For the Miami fans, y’all boys know I’m a die-hard, man. Still for life. Y’all know I bleed orange and green, but they assured me a college career for the next four years, Coastal Carolina could. It’s as simple as that,” Moise said.

The three-star prospect becomes the Chanticleers highest rated player in the recruiting class, which is ranked ninth in the Sun Belt.

Senior OL Navaughn Donaldson To Redshirt In 2020

Senior offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson announced through social media last Wednesday that he will redshirt the 2020 season.

Donaldson started 12 games at left guard for the Hurricanes last season, only missing the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl after suffering a right knee injury in the regular-season finale against Duke.

He missed Miami’s four spring practices back in March before the coronavirus pandemic halted all college athletic activities.

Health was going to be a huge question for Donaldson heading into the 2020 season and by taking a redshirt year he’ll be able to recover from the knee injury while retaining eligibility for a fifth season in 2021.

Unlike last year, the Hurricanes have multiple replacements for Donaldson. Zion Nelson, John Campbell, and Jakai Clark are rising sophomores that started games last season. Houston graduate transfer Jarrid Williams could also emerge as an option at guard.

Two Floridian Recruits Name Hurricanes In Their ‘Top 5’

The Miami Hurricanes continue to improve its offseason recruiting, as they are once again placed in a prime situation to add two talented prospects from the Sunshine State.

Last Friday, class of 2022 running back, Jaylon Glover, and class of 2021 athlete, Kamonte Grimes, released their ‘Top 5’ schools, including UM.

Glover placed Miami in his shortlist of schools, along with Georgia Tech, UCF, Utah, and Kentucky.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back has shown much promise in his short high school career, using his elusiveness and power that’s allowed him to dominate opposing defenders. The Lakeland, Florida native had a remarkable sophomore campaign as he amassed 212 carries for 1,592 yards, ten 100 plus rushing yard games, and 14 rushing touchdowns for Lake Gibson High School.

Grimes, a three-star athlete, limited his options to Miami, Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland, and Nebraska.

According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Grimes, listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, is pegged as the No. 36 ATH in the nation and the No. 79 player in Florida. The Naples, Florida hometown star can perform on both sides of the gridiron. However, Grimes flourishes as a wide-out. His lengthy frame permits him to snatch difficult passes over defensive backs with ease.

Recruiting Dead Period Will Benefit Hurricanes

With the Division I council choosing to extend the recruiting dead period in all sports through August 31, the Hurricanes’ ability to recruit the South Florida pipeline will generate commits during the dead period.

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 verbal commitments from Lamar SeymoreAllan Haye, Malik CurtisRyan RodriguezElijah ArroyoDeshawn TroutmanJacolby George, and Romello Brinson.

Ironically, seven of the eight players — aside from Elijah Arroyo — are from the Sunshine State, six being from South Florida.

Because out of state teams won’t be able to bring any of the local players on a visit, the Hurricanes will have a major advantage in pursuing the well-known Florida hotbed until September. And with some hometown stars expected to commit soon, Miami is bound for a top ten 2021 recruiting class.

If Miami Wants 5-Star ATH James Williams, They Better Win Games

A winning culture is necessary to make an effort for some of the nations top recruits. And in the case of Plantation (FL) American Heritage five-star athlete James Williams, all he wants to see is the Miami Hurricanes win some games.

“I’m going to tell everybody this and all the fans this, I want to see them win, that’s all I want to see,” Williams said in an interview with 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins.

Miami Hurricanes recruit James Williams
Five-star ATH James Williams on the Miami Hurricanes’ sideline. (Photo Courtesy of Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)

Williams chose to decommit from the Hurricanes back in May of 2019 and didn’t seem interested in the program following a 6-7 season. Williams left the Canes out of his ‘Top 5’ list.

However, things have changed, largely because of the addition of NFL Hall of Famer Ed Reed to Miami’s coaching staff. In a surprise turn, the nation’s No. 1 ranked athlete cut his list of schools down to two: Miami and Georgia.

At this point, there’s no more recruiting Williams. He knows what Miami has to offer and how he can fit in the program. He needs to see the results. With another shot at grabbing a five-star commitment, the pressure is on Manny Diaz’s squad to squeeze in a compelling winning season this upcoming fall.

Competing with Georgia’s Kirby Smart, who almost always finds himself as a top 10 team in college football, won’t be easy. Yet, it’ll likely be the only manner to grab the athlete who has been compared to a young Isaiah Simmons.

3-Star Palmetto WR Brashard Smith To Announce Commitment Soon

Next up on the commitment radar, three-star Miami Palmetto wide receiver Brashard Smith, who recently announced that he’ll be making his college decision soon.

Smith would be a welcome addition to Rhett Lashlee’s offense. His ability as a speedy slot receiver would bode well for a Miami offense currently looking for one. He is 5-8.5′ and 190 lbs, very similar to Miami’s last great slot receiver Braxton Berrios, who runs a 4.34 40-time.

Back in May, Smith dropped his Top 5, listing Miami, Florida, Auburn, Oregon, and Tennessee. Smith was previously committed to the Gators but chose to reopen his recruitment on May 1.

247Sports’ Andrew Ivins released his Crystal Ball for Smith on Saturday, predicting him to select the Hurricanes. The Canes have the opportunity to grab their third receiver in the 2021 class, along with wideouts Romello Brinson and Jacolby George.

The True Freshman Takeover

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson was able to provide inside information regarding the offensive side of the ball for Manny Diaz’s Hurricanes. And as it seems, numerous true freshmen could see the field this season.

Here’s what you need to know:

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