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 (June 29-July 5).
Previewing The Hurricanes’ Backfield
Last week, the 305Sports team focused on the Hurricanes’ backfield, providing player profiles on the four RB’s on the squad, in addition to a running back position preview.
Here’s what you may have missed:
In a recent interview with 305Sports, Miami Northwestern three-star linebacker Ja’Corey Hammett discusses his goals for next season, expectations at UM, and the ‘Northwestern 5’.
At Northwestern, Hammett suits up with four Miami Hurricanes class of 2021 commits: four-star receiver Romello Brinson, three-star cornerback Tim Burns, and three-star tight end Kahlil Brantley.
On July 11, the list of Northwestern UM commits could become five. Four-star safety Kamren Kinchens is set to commit next Saturday, choosing between Miami (FL), LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Auburn.
Hammett, along with Brinson, Burns, and Brantley, have been avidly recruiting the 5-foot-11 safety on social media, as he’s one of the top defensive backs and return specialists in the nation.
When asked what they’ve been telling Kinchens about joining the Hurricanes, Hammett said, “We’ve been telling him to join the family. But at the same time, we’re telling him to do what’s best for him and his family.”
He finished off by saying, “We’re going to shock the world real soon.”
The possibility of introducing Kinchens to Miami’s 2021 class has been long-awaited. His commitment could help the Hurricanes garner a top ten recruiting class in the nation.
The Hurricanes continue to make moves this off-season as they have the opportunity to add two consensus All-Americans to their roster.
On Saturday, class of 2021 defensive tackle, Maason Smith, and class of 2021 cornerback, Markevious Brown, released their list of schools that they are considering.
Smith — 6-foot-5, 316 pounds — is one of the best prospects coming out of the 2021 recruiting cycle. According to 247Sports Composite, The Houma, Louisiana native is pegged as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 1 player in the Pelican State.
As for Brown, listed at 6-foot-0, 170 pounds, is ranked as the No. 20 cornerback in the nation and the No. 42 player in Florida per 247Sports Composite. The Pahokee, Florida native is a standout player for the prestigious IMG Academy.
Manny Diaz and the Miami continues their efforts 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.
Darian “Duce” Chestnut — 5-foot-11, 180 pounds — has the physical attributes to play corner or safety at the next level. He’s ranked as the No. 24 cornerback in the nation and the No. 6 player in the Garden State, per 247Sports Composite.
Miami Central offensive lineman Laurence Seymore has been committed to the Hurricanes since March of 2018. However, he’s still keeping all of his options open and is unsure of what the future holds.
“Right now, I’m keeping all of my options open. You never know what could happen just until that day comes you’ll see,” Seymore told 305Sports.
Seymore — 6-foot-1, 325 pounds — checks in as the second highest-rated commit for the Hurricanes’ 2021 recruiting cycle. He stated that he speaks to the Hurricanes coaching staff every day and has gotten a lot closer to offensive line coach Garin Justice. Nonetheless, he still plans on taking all five of his visits.
“Right now I got three [four] that’s for sure. FSU, LSU, Georgia, and Penn State.”
Last Monday, point guard Tyrese Hunter cut his list of schools to ten, placing Miami as one of the teams. A Racine, Wisconsin native, 247Sports Composite rankings pegs Hunter as the No. 3 prospect in his state. The 2021 star is the nation’s No. 13 point guard and No. 80 overall player.
In addition to the Hurricanes, Hunter included Marquette, Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Arizona State, UConn, Texas Tech and Georgia to his ‘Top 10’.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pound guard dominated the Wisconsin scene his junior year of high school, averaging 21.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game.
Miami’s staff offered Hunter on June 10, quickly surging into his schools of interest. The top-100 junior told 247Sports that “distance has never been a concern” in terms of his collegiate plans. With programs all over the country hunting for Hunter’s services, the Hurricanes are in store for a competitive recruitment.
Fresh out of his freshman season at Oregon and new to the transfer portal, CJ Walker is looking for a new place to call home. And according to his social media, he intends to find a program close to his hometown.
Walker, 19, was born in Queens, NY. but raised in Sanford, FL. The 6-foot-8 forward was ranked as a five-star recruit in the class of 2019 by ESPN, the No. 3 player in the Sunshine State and No. 23 prospect in the nation.
The highly touted recruit ultimately chose Dana Altman’s Oregon Ducks over the Miami Hurricanes and LSU Tigers, who he had in his ‘Final 3’.
Playing in 28 games (seven starts) at Oregon, Walker notched 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, including an impressive season-high 18 point performance in a winning effort versus Hawaii.
With the news of Walker’s intentions to move to a school close to home, Jim Larranaga and his staff won’t do any wrong in potentially bringing him in. 52.2 percent of Crystal Ball predictions prior to Walker’s commitment all leaned towards the Hurricanes, hinting that the relationship between him and Miami was close.