After its run to the ACC Championship Game, Miami turned its attention to one of the nation’s best recruiting classes.
UM expects a host of visitors on campus next weekend — 16 of its 20 commits for 2018, per Diehards — and at least 10 plan to sign during the newly instituted early signing period Dec. 20-22. Miami (10-2, 7-1 ACC) has the third-best class in the country according to the 247Sports composite ratings.
A look at how the group is shaping up on offense (click here for the defensive breakdown):
QUARTERBACKS [updated Dec. 6]
Committed: 1. Four-star Jarren Williams, who decommitted from Kentucky after visiting Miami for the Notre Dame game, committed Wednesday. Click here for more on his pledge. Williams is rated No. 7 among dual-threat QBs by 247 — as Perry was last year.
On the roster: Starter Malik Rosier returns for his redshirt senior season, though Mark Richt will want to see this spring how redshirted freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon and junior Evan Shirreffs have developed.
Committed: 3. UM has the No. 2 back in the country in five-star Lorenzo Lingard (6-0, 190), and four-star Cam’Ron Davis (5-10, 190) is rated eighth. Three-star Realus George (6-2, 245) is UM’s fullback of the future (and in all likelihood, the present). Lingard and George plan to sign early, though George, according to Diehards, cannot enroll in January because of graduation rules at his school.
On the roster: With Mark Walton turning pro, UM will return junior Travis Homer, redshirt freshman Robert Burns and redshirt senior Trayone Gray. Sophomore DeeJay Dallas could reprise his role as a multipurpose pass-catcher/ball-carrier/Wildcat quarterback. Lingard will undoubtedly get carries early.
Committed: 3. All-Americans Mark Pope (6-1, 175) and Brian Hightower (6-3, 200), and Daquris Wiggins (6-3, 175) are locked in. All three commits, per Diehards, will sign this month and enroll in January.
Needs: 1. The departure of sophomore Dionte Mullins last month opened up another scholarship, though UM had long been in pursuit of a fourth wideout in the class. Former Florida State commit Marquez Ezzard (6-2, 195), a four-star athlete, told Rivals he plans to visit UM.
On the roster: Junior Ahmmon Richards, sophomores Mike Harley and Jeff Thomas will make up for the loss of graduating Braxton Berrios. Seniors Darrell Langham and Dayall Harris and junior Lawrence Cager add depth. Redshirt freshman Evidence Njoku (6-6 and likely much more than his listed 196 after a year in the weight room) is an intriguing prospect.
Committed: 2. Four-star prospects Brevin Jordan (6-3, 250) and Will Mallory (6-5, 207) are rated third and eighth among tight ends, respectively, by 247. Neither will be present for spring ball. Mallory plans to sign this month. Jordan plans to sign in February.
On the roster: Junior-to-be Michael Irvin II and sophomore Brian Polendey enter spring ball with a heavy workload (with Chris Herndon graduating) and a lot to prove (with two high-level recruits on the way).
Committed: 1. Four-star John Campbell (6-5, 284) is rated 25th among tackles by 247.
Needs: o-1. UM is interested in five-star Nicholas Petit-Frere and three-star Jalen Goss, per 247.
On the roster: Senior-to-be Tyree St. Louis returns at right tackle, but how UM replaces left tackle Kc McDermott will be interesting. Freshman Kai-Leon Herbert was listed as his backup, but redshirted. UM believes sophomore Navaughn Donaldson has the ability to play tackle, but he performed well at right guard as a freshman. Junior George Brown, sophomore Tre Johnson and redshirt freshman Zalon’tae Hillery are projects.
Committed: 2. Cleveland Reed and Delone Scaife are both four-star recruits. Both will visit on Dec. 15. Scaife plans to sign this month and enroll in January.
On the roster: Senior Tyler Gauthier can play either guard or center, and if sophomore Corey Gaynor emerges at center, Gauthier could flip to left guard with Trevor Darling’s graduation. Donaldson, if he doesn’t switch to tackle, would be locked in as a mauling right guard. Junior Hayden Mahoney saw time at guard. Jahair Jones and Bar Milo are depth players. Zach Dykstra redshirted.