Miami has a running back commit for 2019.
Marcus Crowley, a three-star prospect (according to Rivals) from Jacksonville, committed to the Hurricanes. He plays at Trinity Christian, the same school as UM freshman safety Derrick Smith and junior defensive tackle Kendrick Norton. He is listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds.
Miami’s 2019 class, which is rated eighth nationally by 247Sports (note that many players from that cycle have yet to be sized up), includes a wide receiver (four-star Brieon Fuller), two offensive linemen (three-stars Renato Brown, of Palm Beach Central, and Brandon Cunningham), two three-star defensive athletes listed as outside linebackers (Diamante Howard and Jesiah Pierre), and unrated defensive tackle Denzel Daxon.
Several of UM’s top targets, according to 247Sports, include five-star Davie-University School athlete Josh Sanguinette and four-star running back Kenny McIntosh, four-star Bradenton-IMG Academy offensive lineman Evan Neal, four-star Wellington athlete Mark Richards (Ahmmon’s brother) and four-star Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons defensive end Khris Bogle.
* Per Canesport, Miami is once again recruiting Florida State commit Asante Samuel, a four-star cornerback/nickel, after Jimbo Fisher’s departure to Texas A&M. “It’s a chance,” Samuel told Canesport when asked if Miami was in it.
* Four-star UM safety commit Josh Jobe told Canesport he was not taking an official visit to Miami — but will see Alabama next weekend, before signing during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period. Jobe, formerly of Miami-Columbus and attending prep school in Connecticut, said he is still committed to the Hurricanes but choosing between Alabama and UM. He told 247Sports there was a “120 percent chance” the Crimson Tide could convince him to change his commitment from the Hurricanes.
* Rivals.com national analyst Rob Cassidy reported this on the nation’s top-rated cornerback, five-star prospect Patrick Surtain Jr.:
“Miami has made a strong move with Surtain in recent days, but the Hurricanes and everyone else are still chasing the Tigers. Alabama and Clemson still have a puncher’s chance, with Ohio State being the dark horse. Surtain will not announce a commitment until Signing Day in February, so his upcoming official visits will likely mean everything.”