Four of five remaining 2017 Miami Hurricanes freshmen report to campus

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The Hurricanes’ signing class is nearly complete.

UM confirmed Monday that four of the five incoming freshmen yet to enroll had done so.

Defensive end Deonte “D.J.” Johnson, wide receiver Evidence Njoku, linebacker De’Andre Wilder and punter Zach Feagles were set to begin classes Monday, the start of UM’s Summer ‘B’ session.

The only player yet to arrive is defensive tackle Jon Ford. The reason for that hold-up is unclear.

Everyone else Miami signed in the 2017 recruiting cycle has reported for duty. Ten freshmen joined the program in January and were permitted to participate in spring ball. Eight more freshmen, including heralded quarterback prospect N’Kosi Perry, and two transfers — junior college cornerback Jhavonte Dean and The Citadel cornerback Dee Delaney — joined for the May 22 start of Summer ‘A’ classes.

Arriving early — often months, not weeks, before the start of fall practices — allows players to engage in offseason workouts and, per NCAA rules, receive a limited amount of coaching.

UM begins fall practices Aug. 1. The ACC’s annual media days are next Thursday and Friday in Charlotte.

The highest-rated of this wave of arrivals is Johnson, a four-star recruit from Sacramento. He is listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds and reportedly had more scholarship offers — 100 — than any recruit in the country this year.

Njoku (6-5, 200), a three-star prospect from Cedar Grove, N.J., is the brother of former Miami standout David Njoku. Wilder (6-2, 195), a four-star recruit, is a rangy linebacker from Miami-Carol City High. Feagles (6-2, 210) is the son of Jeff Feagles, who had a 22-year NFL career and is the only punter honored in the UM Sports Hall of Fame. He is expected to start as a true freshman.

Ford (6-5, 275) is seen as a future starter in Miami’s defensive tackle unit, which could be rebuilding after this year. Coaches believe starters Kendrick Norton and R.J. McIntosh, both of whom will be NFL draft-eligible juniors, could turn pro. Reserve Gerald Willis is a draft-eligible redshirt junior. Senior Anthony Moten will graduate.

Once he arrives, Ford, a three-star prospect, will compete with Moten, Willis, sophomore Pat Bethel, redshirt freshman Tyreic Martin and redshirt sophomore Ryan Fines for backup reps.

 

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