Recruiting: Miami Hurricanes have ‘silent commits’, OC Thomas Brown says

David Njoku shushes the App State crowd. (Getty Images)
David Njoku shushes the App State crowd, as Brad Kaaya and teammates celebrate. (Getty Images)

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[Kaaya turning pro | Teammates react | Yearby gone]

[Hurricanes gearing up for QB battle]

[Njoku declares for draft | His brother’s on the way]

Miami’s recruiting efforts haven’t yielded a new commit since Jacksonville-based safety Derrick Smith pledged on Dec. 13.

The Hurricanes haven’t added anyone publicly, anyway.

Offensive coordinator and running backs coach Thomas Brown said in a radio interview Wednesday that Miami has players — plural — who have told coaches they are coming to Coral Gables, but haven’t felt the need to declare their intentions to the world.

“I think we’re going strong,” Brown said on WQAM, when asked how recruiting was going. “We’ve got a bunch of guys who have already committed to us, and guys who have made some silent commitments to us that haven’t made it public yet. That will add some juice to our recruiting class once they come forward.”

Who might they be, and when might they have committed? We profess no specific knowledge. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if one of them is four-star running back Anthony McFarland (Hyattsville, Md.-DeMatha Catholic), who has told recruiting websites Miami is his leader. He is also considering hometown Maryland.

Miami’s top targets include five-star receiver Devonta Smith (Amite, La), offensive linemen Tedarrell Slaton and Kai-Leon Herbert (a Michigan commit), from Plantation-American Heritage; and cornerbacks Christopher Henderson (Miami-Columbus) and Jhavonte Dean (an Alabama commit from Homestead who plays at Blinn College in Texas).

UM is in need of receivers, offensive linemen and defensive backs the most, though Brown said coahces are looking for “the best players available, no matter the position.” The Hurricanes’ class is rated 15th nationally and third in the ACC by the 247Sports composite ratings.

* As expected, Brown said there is no front-runner for the starting quarterback job, after Brad Kaaya‘s departure.


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