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Miami Recruiting Mailbag: Who’s The Answer At CB?

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Through the likes of Twitter and Reddit, I’ve piled up a few recruiting questions regarding the Miami Hurricanes football program.

Here are a few of them.

Cornerback. What is the plan? — C. Walker.

Just a couple of weeks back, head coach Manny Diaz made it clear: “Obviously we’re not going to finish the class with one cornerback commit, so we understand that there’s room to add in the recruiting class.”

That being said, here are a couple of options Miami could lean on at the position.

ATH Malik Curtis: Already a UM commit, the Fort Myers Bishop Veret star shined at wide receiver in his senior campaign, garnering 1311 all purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. As for at cornerback, he has just one interception for 36 yards.

Curtis, a three-star prospect by 247Sports, runs a 100-meter in 11.13 seconds, a trait that’s benefited him on special teams and track and field.

That speed, mixed with his hands and knowledge of the game could be something to work with for the Hurricanes.

CB Markevious Brown: Based on his latest tweets, the four-star could be making his commitment soon.

Brown announced in early July that he was down to five schools: Miami (FL), Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.

He’s the highest-ranked cornerback Miami has offered, and I won’t be surprised if he’s being recruited the hardest. The IMG Academy prospect played a great role in the Ascenders’ GEICO Championship run.

He added an interception against Tru Prep Academy to his resume just last week. Now that his season is over, expect Brown to process his decision precisely.

CB Marvin Covington: The three-star prospect recently entered UM’s radar, having been offered on October 26. It was his first Division I offer, and might have been an indication as to why Miami could have let go of Tim Burns Jr.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback who attends Lake Ridge High School (Mansfield, TX) clocks out a 10.84 time in the 100-meter, a speed that has eyed a number of in-state schools since UM offered Covington.

That early interest could ultimately give Miami an advantage, although that’s still unlikely to determine.

CB Damarious McGhee: The four-star de-committed from Tennessee Thursday, making it clear that he’s “opening [his] choices to see which school is the right one for [him].”

Holding a UM offer, McGhee’s relationship with Miami could begin to mature very soon. The Pensacola Catholic prospect runs a 4.56 in the 40-meter and a 11.37 in the 100. He holds offers from many Power 5 programs, too, including Alabama and Georgia.

On the offensive end, the Canes haven’t had a 1000 yard receiver since 2013 (Allen Hurns). With three four-star 2021 commits, any of these guys look like the next great thing? – E. Koala.

I see a tremendous ceiling on Miami Northwestern wideout Romello Brinson.

The 6-foot-2 receiver has spent his entire senior campaign lining up against some of the best defensive backs in the country – Markevious Brown, Jason Marshall, Jacolby Spells. When I watched him versus Miami Central and Plantation American Heritage, he was obviously the best available receiver in each game. However, having a sophomore quarterback organizing the Bulls’ offense limited Brinson from showing out in just five games.

I see him as Miami’s best receiver in the 2021 class, one who can even make an immediate impact. Only time will tell.

What position does Miami still need to bolster for its incoming recruiting class? — M. Fonteboa.

I’m not gonna make things complex: cornerbacks are what the Hurricanes need. The defensive end and linebacker spot seem to be filled, headlined by Jabari Ishmael and Thomas Davis. You can even put five-star Leonard Taylor at any of those spots.

The need is in the secondary, and that’s what the focus will likely be before Early Signing Day.

If Jake Garcia does not flip to Miami, do you think Miami pursues an in-state QB like Maleek Huggins for the 2021 recruiting class? — @Da_Lucky_One.

If people are still on the Jake Garcia hype train, I recommend they get off it. Hoping that a California native flips from USC to Miami during a recruiting dead period is seriously unlikely, and I wouldn’t put my eggs in that basket.

As for Maleek Huggins, a dual-threat quarterback, I’m unsure how interested UM is in the Bradenton, FL native. What I could say is: Miami shouldn’t be concerned whether or not a QB is on their 2021 cycle.

N’Kosi Perry and Tyler Van Dyke are there if D’Eriq King ends up declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. There’s no immediate rush. We can talk heavier into the topic in regards to the 2022 class.

Any chance we land Terrence Lewis? — @NorthFreshCane.

His commitment to Tennessee will be an on-going hot topic as we approach Early Signing Day. In all honesty, I wouldn’t doubt if he stayed put with the Volunteers. He has expressed constant support to the program and has offered no legitimate reason to believe that’ll change soon.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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  1. Ron

    November 27, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    Curtis is a stud, his 1 interception was due to the fact he did not play defense muchvof the season. When he did teams smartly stayed away.

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