Class Snapshot: Miami (Fla.)
Highlighted by a pair of high-ceiling offensive tackles as good as an pair in the class, Miami's recruiting efforts for the 2014 cycle rank among the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the country currently.
Class Snapshot: Miami (Fla.) (26 commits)
Current Rank: No. 11 nationally, No. 2 Atlantic Coast Conference, 0.8854 average 247Sports Composite rating.
Top Commit: Defensive end Chad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) is a potentially dominant 6-foot-5, 240-pound pass rushing defensive end whose stock rose perhaps as much as any at his position nationally during his junior and senior seasons. The Canes are trying to hold off Alabama and Florida State, which are both trying to flip him, but he remains a solid commit and is expected to stick. Thomas is the No. 3 weakside defensive end prospect in the 2014 class according to 247Sports Composite rankings and is No. 26 overall.
Class Strength: Offensive line. Tackle KC McDermott (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central) is the latest of the McDermott brothers to head to Coral Gables. He’s already enrolled and brings the highest upside of the trio to campus. Likewise, tackle Trevor Darling (Miami, Fla./Central) has already enrolled and possesses big athletic upside. This is one of the top pairs of offensive tackle prospects in any class this cycle. Offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic) is a former tight end that has some tools to work with and then don’t count out center/guard Nick Linder (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) who has a big-time nasty streak.
Sleeper: Once athlete Trayone Gray (Miami, Fla./Carol City) finds a position (could be receiver, could be safety, could be linebacker, could be another spot) his athleticism and football instincts should allow him to develop at a rapid pace. On film, he’s a natural in terms of being a pure football player. The question is- where will he play?
Top Remaining Target: Defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic) was once a Miami commit, but his recruitment has been trending toward LSU of late. The Tigers are an 84 percent predicted favorite according to 247Sports Crystal Ball, which measures predictions trends of recruiting analysts across the country. Valentine made an official visit to Baton Rouge last weekend, but the Canes get the final shot at him. He’s scheduled to be on campus for his Miami official this weekend.
Remaining Needs: Miami’s top need in this class was at defensive tackle, so getting Valentine back in the fold would give the Canes a nice four-man interior defensive line class as Valentine would join four-star Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and already-signed JUCO prospects Calvin Heurtelou (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Community College) and Michael Wyche (Monterey Park, Calif./East Los Angeles College). The Canes also would like to add another defensive back or two.
Top Recruiter: Linebackers coach Michael Barrow. The former Canes and NFL star was either the primary of secondary recruiter-of-record for a dozen players in this class and is the primary on Thomas and Darling. Barrow currently ranks as the No. 3 recruiter in the ACC according to 247Sports Recruiter Rankings for this cycle, No. 11 nationally.
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