Miami signed the bulk of its highly rated recruiting class some six weeks ago, officially adding 19 players during the early signing period Dec. 20-22. However, the Hurricanes are still on the hunt. In advance of the traditional signing period, which begins Wednesday, Feb. 7, we look at players UM is targeting in this series of posts.
Miami hopes one of the top cornerback recruits in the nation will stay home and play for The U.
More about him:
PATRICK SURTAIN JR.
Status: targeted; expected to announce decision around 10 a.m. Wednesday on ESPN/ESPNU.
Size: 6-2, 199
School: Plantation-American Heritage
Stats: 16 tackles, one interception as a senior (247)
Stars: Five (Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN)
Rank: No. 1 cornerback, No. 5 overall (ESPN); No. 1 cornerback, No. 6 overall (247); No. 1 cornerback, No. 8 overall (Rivals)
Projection: All-ACC cornerback and potential day-one starter. Surtain, the son of Heritage coach and former Dolphins All-Pro Patrick Surtain, is the top cornerback recruit in the nation and one of the highest-rated cornerbacks in recent memory. He enters a UM secondary that lost starter Malek Young to a career-ending neck injury, and instantly would become one of the Hurricanes’ most talented players. “You can’t draw them up much better in the defensive backfield,” 247Sports wrote, calling him “technically sound with the ability to burst out of his breaks to make a play on the football in a hurry. Surtain is a fleet-footed cornerback that does a good job of sinking his hips and playing with suddenness.” ESPN praised his “prototypical size” and “very good speed” with the “potential to be able to cover any player in any scheme.” Landing him would be a major coup for Mark Richt.
Fun facts: Choosing Miami over LSU, Alabama and Clemson would be a move that stunned those in purple-and-gold (and basically everyone else who follows recruiting) … Both parents are from Louisiana and he grew up an LSU fan, wanting to follow in the footsteps of former Tigers great Patrick Peterson, who left Broward County for Baton Rouge and starred in the NFL … According to SEC Country, LSU was creating game plans for its 2018 secondary with the idea Surtain would be a part of it … Father was part of four playoff teams in seven years with Dolphins, made three Pro Bowls (2002-04) and was an All-Pro in 2002. He played his final four seasons (2005-08) with Kansas City. He became Heritage’s coach in 206, after Mike Rumph left to coach cornerbacks at UM … High school teammates with UM targets Nesta Silvera, Tyson Campbell and Andrew Chatfield … Wore No. 2 in high school … Nickname is “PS2.”