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Hurricanes Rise To The Top of 2019 Recruiting Class

Larry Blustein
March 07, 2018 - 8:16 am

If you notice one thing that Mark Richt has done since arriving back in South Florida, it’s his recruiting.

Always known as one of the best recruiters in college football, the former Boca Raton High standout has always been able to attract the top talent.

From his first spring in Coral Gables – when he introduced the Paradise Camp – it was evident that Richt would be something special.

Closing with an elite class this past spring has indeed opened the doors to the future.

While recruiting is certainly not what it once was – his is something that is now a 365 day job – and if you want to attract the big time talent – it has to be done 24 hours.

“The days of working on just one class are over,” said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. “Schools like Miami and others are working far into the future.”

The 2019 Class – which is now on the clock – has been developing since last year at this time. The Hurricanes have raced to the top, like they did last year, and while Alabama, Texas A&M, Clemson, Georgia and other top programs will close with some key prospects, the name MIAMI is indeed out there.

There is no getting around the fact that the prospects that Miami has been able to get commitments from are elite and are being watched by other schools, still.

Unlike the past few recruiting classes when the Hurricanes were searching for front line talent, the 2019 and even the 2020 clases reflect prospects who can help immediately, but also those who will add depth that any successful program needs.


The way Miami is now recruiting is that you touch on just about every position possible

With a number of quarterbacks and a supply of quality running backs, the 2019 class showcases the need to stock your line with big time players every year.

So far, state prospects Renato Brown and Kingsley Egaukun, and Maryland high school standout Brandon Cunningham are committed.

Even with the impressive 2018 receiving class expected to impact this program very soon – the next class features big time players such as Brieon Fuller, Jermiah Payton and tight end Larry Hodges. Marcus Crowley, a big back, is expected to be a part of this class as well. 

“You can see the needs that Miami has had, and it has reflected in this next class,” Recruiting Analyst Ricky Bailey pointed out. “You always add linemen and other players where you look ahead and see you will be thin at.”

On defense, Manny Diaz loves his athletic players, and with defensive end Cameron Williams, tackle Denzel Daxon, and linebackers Diamante Howard, Jesiah Pierre and recent commitment Samuel Brooks are all solid.

With a number of scholarships available for this next class, look for defensive linemen and secondary standouts to be the main concentration as we head toward spring.

“The most important part of this next recruiting cycle will be the spring evaluations,” Bailey said. “This is where they can see some of those youngsters that thyey started recruiting last year at this time. Many have grown and matured quite a bit since colleges saw them last year, so it will be a very important time.”

Here is a look at the prospects that have given Miami the top class in the nation through February:

Samuel Brooks, OLB, 6-2, 195, Miami Northwestern

Renato Brown, OT, 6-5, 310, Palm Beach Central

Marcus Crowley, RB, 6-1, 200, Jacksonville Trinity Christian

Brandon Cunningham, OT, 6-5, 270, St. Martin, Ocean Springs, Md.

Denzel Daxon, DT, 6-1, 315, Doral Academy

Kingsley Egaukun, OG, 6-3, 295, Jacksonville Atlantic Coast

Brieon Fuller, WR, 6-1, 170, Doral Academy

Larry Hodges, TE, 6-2, 235, Tampa Jesuit

Diamante Howard, OLB, 6-2, 180, Miami Southridge

Jeremiah Payton, WR, 6-1, 190, Neptune Beach Fletcher

Jesiah Pierre, OLB, 6-2, 220, Mount Dora Christian Home & Bible 

Cameron Williams, DE, 6-5, 215, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

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