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Miami Hurricanes News And Notes: Shortened Season, Recruiting Success

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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 6 – July 12).

Miami Won’t Play Michigan State In 2020

Last Thursday, The Big Ten conference has announced that it’ll play a conference-only football schedule this fall.

That means the Hurricanes won’t travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State on September 26. And while no other changes have been made to Miami’s 2020 schedule yet, this ongoing domino effect is not good for the state of college football.

For now, Miami has three non-conference games on the schedule, all at home, opening the season versus Temple on September 5, Wagner on September 12, and UAB on September 17. All of those games are unlikely to happen.

Miami is scheduled to open ACC play at home against Pittsburgh on October 3, following four consecutive weeks of non-conference games.

ACC To Have Final Decision On Fall Sports In Late July

The fate of the Miami Hurricanes 2020 football season is set to be determined in late July.

ACC commissioner John Swofford put out a statement stating that it expects to have a decision “in late July” that will determine how its college football schedule will look.

The ACC is expected to cancel non-conference games for the 2020 football season due to the ongoing pandemic, according to a report by Stadium. As of now though, nothing is official.

If the ACC cancels all non-conference matchups, the Hurricanes would no longer face Temple, Wagner, and UAB.

A modified Hurricanes schedule would kick off on October 3 at home on October 3 against Pittsburgh, rather than the original season opener on September 5 against Temple.

4-Star Safety Kamren Kinchens Commits to Miami

The Hurricanes have completed the Miami Northwestern recruitment puzzle as they add the fifth and final piece to their 2020 recruiting class.

Last Saturday, four-star safety Kamren Kinchens announced that he’ll be wearing orange and green at the next level of his football career.

His fellow teammates and his strong relationship with Miami’s safety coach, Ephraim Banda, is what ultimately lead to his final decision.

Kinchens, 5-foot-11, 201 lbs, is one of the top defensive backs and return specialists in the nation. His coaches have referred to him as a quarterback on defense due to his intelligence on defensive formations.

Kinchens’ playmaking ability is remarkable, given that he notched 74 tackles, 11 interceptions, three tackles for loss, and a punt return touchdown in 2019. His electric play was key to Miami Northwestern’s Class 5A State Championship run.

247Sports composite rankings have him as the No. 299 prospect in the country and the No. 20 safety in the country. 

He joins TE Kahlil Brantley, CB Tim Burns Jr., LB Ja’Corey Hammett, and WR Romello Brinson as the fifth Miami Northwestern prospect to commit to the University of Miami. These rising seniors at ‘The West’ are teaming up to “Make The Crib Great.”

5-Star DT Leonard Taylor Lists Hurricanes In ‘Top 2’

Miami Palmetto five-star defensive lineman Leonard Taylor cut his top schools list from five to two last Monday, listing the Hurricanes and the Florida Gators.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect is the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 27 overall recruit in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports Composite score. He previously included LSU, Tennessee, and Auburn in his top five, but is now focusing on UM and UF.

Taylor recorded 11 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, and 68 tackles in 2019, alongside Miami (FL) commit Savion Collins. He would be the Canes’ first 5-star signee since Lorenzo Lingard in 2018.

Although the Hurricanes have made a dramatic leap in Taylor’s recruitment, Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators remain the front runners for the Miami Palmetto star. Thankfully, the NCAA’s recruiting dead period has helped UM pursue its local stars, including Taylor.

A commitment from Taylor would grant Miami a top ten 2021 recruiting class.

4-Star DE Tyreak Sapp Puts Miami In ‘Top Five’

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) defensive lineman Tyreak Sapp put Miami among his top five schools last Thursday.

A current Florida commit, Sapp’s top five schools list consists of the Gators, Miami, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, and Alabama.

At 6-foot-2.5, 255-pounds, Sapp is ranked a four-star recruit, the Nation’s No. 7 strong-side defensive end, ad the No. 96 overall player in the class of 2021.

Sapp recently took a virtual visit to Florida. He told 247Sports, “They were just showing me the new facilities and everything.”

Apparently nothing has changed for Sapp with UF. He put out a new group of schools because “Those are the ones that have been talking to me throughout the recruiting process.” Sapp told 247 Sports.

Regarding the Hurricanes, Sapp has been in contact with them since eighth grade. Since Miami is his hometown, it’s currently playing a major role in his recruitment. He also attended Miami’s paradise camp, which is where high school prospects are able to showcase their skills in front of Miami’s staff.

“That’s the crib so I see them as another option for me. I want to see them put more players out earlier [in the NFL Draft], which I think they should do. Also win more regional games.”

If the Hurricanes are able to put on a good season, they’ll have an increased chance at landing the four-star defensive end, as well as the other top-ranked prospects putting UM in their top school’s lists.

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  1. Sam Rupe

    July 13, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    If the tea leaves are indicating no non-conference games, why doesn’t ACC schedule more conference games to fill the gaps (e.g., Miami has 4 non-conference games that are likely to be cancelled — why not fill those gaps with at least 2 ACC games? Same would apply to the other ACC teams who likely have at least 3 non-conference games that likely will be cancelled.)

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