Happy Monday. As the Miami Hurricanes continue to approach the start of the 2020 college football season, let’s revisit what news you may have missed from last week (July 13 – July 19).
Another elite defensive prospect has chosen the Hurricanes over the likes of numerous power 5 programs, including Oregon and Florida State.
Miami Christopher Colombus weak-side defensive end, Jabari Ishmael, announced that he’ll be staying home.
Ishmael, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs, is ranked as the No. 14 weak-side defensive end and the No. 30 player in the Sunshine State according to 247Sports Composite.
His relationship with UM has always been close, given that his father has been a strength and conditioning coach at Coral Gables for the past 16 years. The Miami, FL native joins his fellow teammate, three-star offensive lineman, Ryan Rodriguez, as the second Columbus Explorer to choose the Canes.
Former Hurricanes guard Dejan Vasiljevic has signed a three-year deal with the Sydney Kings last Thursday.
Vasiljevic was a four-year letterman at Miami, where he averaged a career-best 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game on 35.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
The Melbourne, Australia native is no stranger to competing for his country, having attended the Australian Institute of Sport for high school and playing in multiple FIBA World Championships.
Vasiljevic looks to make an immediate impact for the Kings, who ranked second-last in three-point percentage in the NBL last season, connecting on just 33.9 percent of their long-range attempts.
Following the addition of four-star safety Kamren Kinchens, the Hurricanes have swept through the Miami Northwestern pipeline, landing its top five players. What’s next? The school that’s 20 miles away.
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.
Check out 305Sports’ quick summary for each player in the “Palmetto 5” and where the Canes stand in their recruitment.
UM’s football team returned to their mandatory workouts Friday, one day after canceling workouts on Thursday.
According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, three players tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the cancellation of Thursday’s workouts.
“Players who spent at least 15 minutes in close contact with any of the three players who tested positive were told to remain away from the team for at least a week and potentially two weeks,” Jackson added.
UM began mandatory workouts with coaches and staff members on Monday, as a part of the NCAA’s six-week preseason practice plan. Student-athletes are required to participate in up to eight hours of weight training, conditioning, and film review (maximum of two hours of film review per week).
Prior to the mandatory workouts, the majority of the team had been participating in voluntary workouts since June 15.
The Hurricanes have the opportunity to steal an underrated prospect from Georgia, in three-star linebacker, Thomas Davis.
The former Mississippi State commit listed the Canes in his ‘Top 3’ along with the likes of South Carolina and Florida State.
Davis originally committed to the Bulldogs back in April and quickly received an offer from one of his “dream schools” in May.
“[Miami] was one of my dream schools,” Davis recently told InsideTheU’s, Gabby Urrutia. “I never thought I would get an offer from Miami.” The three-star currently holds offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina, Tulane, Indiana and South Alabama, among others.
247Sports’ Composite pegs Davis as the nation’s No. 50 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2021. As a junior, Davis recorded 47 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks and nine hurries for Valdosta (GA.), earning Region 1-7A Defensive Player of the Year honors.
If Davis decides to spend his collegiate career in Coral Gables, he’ll be teaming up with three-star linebacker, Ja’Corey Hammett, as the second linebacker in Miami’s 2021 recruiting cycle.
Last Monday, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) offensive lineman, Ross Maseuli, listed Miami in his ‘Top 5’ along with Alabama, USC, Michigan, and Hawaii.
Maseuli — 6-foot-3, 350 pounds — is ranked as the No. 39 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 67 player in California per 247Sports Composite.
If he decides to wear the ‘U’ on the side of his helmet, he’ll be teaming up with OG Laurence Seymore, OT Michael McLaughlin, and OC Rodriguez as a part of the 2021 recruiting class.
Class of 2022 wide receiver Syveion Ellis has been committed to the Florida Gators since April of 2019, but that hasn’t stopped him from keeping all his options open.
Ellis — 6-foot-5, 200 pounds — is ranked a four-star recruit, the No. 29 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 31 player in Florida per 247Sports Composite.
He’s from Brunswick, GA, the same town as Deejay Dallas and Zalon’tae Hillery, but will move down to the Sunshine State to enroll at Miami Edison High School after playing his sophomore campaign at Brunswick High.
Ellis was able to visit Coral Gables before the NCAA installed a temporary recruiting dead period.
“I loved it,” Ellis told 247Sports’s Andrew Ivins after watching UM go through a spring practice in March. “It was competitive. I liked the way the coaches [were] competing with the guys also doing the drills with them. They were doing up-downs and push-ups and stuff like that.”
Miami doesn’t currently hold any Class of 2022 commitments.