Nov 17, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden prior to a game against the South Florida Bulls at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Hurricanes Football Recruiting: 2013 Signing Day Primer


With National Signing Day literally hours away, the Miami Hurricanes are hoping to close their 2013 class on a strong note.  As the majority of Miami’s targets are slated to announce on Wednesday (Feb. 6), the Canes’ will anxiously wait to see who will shun them and who will join.  If anyone is capable of throwing together a solid last minute class, it is certainly Miami head coach Al Golden and staff.  With the addition of Mario Cristobal and James Coley, Miami arguably has the best recruiting staff in the state of Florida.

Already Enrolled (5)

Solid Commits (9)

Current Commits By State

  • New Jersey: 3
  • Virginia: 3
  • Florida: 3
  • California: 2
  • Ohio: 1
  • Louisiana: 1
  • Kansas: 1

Offered

  • OL Devner Kirkland (Miami, FL.) — After Kirkland reportedly had his offer yanked by Miami, head coach Al Golden met with Kirkland and his family only to re-offer the ESPN 150 prospect.  Kirkland was long rumored to be a Miami lean, but when Miami pulled his offer they may have taken a tumble.  Does Miami stand a legitimate shot at landing the 6’5, 333-pound tackle?  Kirkland is scheduled to make his announcement at 9:20 a.m. on ESPNU.
  • LB Matthew Thomas (Miami, FL.) — Thomas has long been sought after by Miami as their top target.  However, Thomas is a teammate with Denver Kirkland at Booker T. Washington and many speculate that Miami’s revoking of Kirkland’s offer may ultimately affect Thomas’ decision in the end.  The five-star linebacker has been mum during his recruitment but he is believed to have a top two of Miami-Florida State.  Thomas will make his decision at 9:15 a.m. on ESPNU.
  • DT Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, FL.) — Bryant’s recruitment has been a whirlwind to say the least.  The 6’3, 302-pound defensive tackle has been toying with fans on Twitter for months.  One day Florida State leads and the next Miami; followed by South Carolina and at one time he considered FAU (although not seriously).  Bryant is expected to have a signing day spectacle and will make his decision public on ESPNU at 1:45 p.m.
  • OLB Jermaine Grace (Hollywood, FL.) — Grace has long been considering Miami and the Canes’ would love nothing more than to have him wind up as a part of their 2013 class.  Louisville recently entered the picture and the Cardinals are making a strong push.  Tune into ESPNU at 2 p.m. to watch Grace announce his final decision.
  • WR Stacy Coley (Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) — Coley recently came back on Miami’s radar only after Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley was hired by Al Golden at Miami.  Coley had formed a strong bond with J. Coley, but is their relationship strong enough to pull the four-star receiver to Coral Gables?  In what is said to be a Miami-Florida State battle, Coley will announce his decision at 11:05 a.m. on ESPNU.
  • WR Jordan Cunningham (Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) — Miami cooled off on recruiting Cunningham and it is believed that the two parties may just go their separate ways.  Coley is considered to be a heavy Vanderbilt lean and it would be a shocker if in the end he picked the Canes’.  But as we all know, anything is possible in the world of recruiting.  Cunningham will pick at 10:20 a.m. on ESPNU.
  • DT Terell Brooks (Corsicana, TX.) — Brooks took an official visit to Miami on Jan. 18 yet the Canes’ find themselves in the thick of things and are in a prime position to land the 6’4, 290-pound defensive tackle.  Expect Brooks to choose between Baylor, Kansas State and Miami.
    *UPDATE: Brooks chose Baylor over UM on Tuesday night, per 247Sports.
  • DE Jay-nard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie, FL.) — Bostwick recently took a visit to the University of Florida and the Gators are considered to be Miami’s main competition in landing the four-star defensive end.  Alabama has been making a strong push as well and Bostwick’s final decision will likely come down to one of the three.

Surprises

  • RB Daryl Chestnut (Miami, FL.) — Miami was never heavily pursuing Chestnut until recently.  The 5-9, 190-pound running back is currently committed to Western Michigan, but Miami is making a strong push for his services.
  • RB Gus Edwards (Staten Island, N.Y.) — After recently taking an official visit to Coral Gables, the Canes’ stand a legitimate shot at landing the three-star running back.  Edwards is seriously considering Florida State as well and his decision will likely come down to choosing one or the other.
  • DB Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach, FL.) — Robinson is currently committed to Les Miles and the LSU Tigers, but as of late the four-star defensive back has been spending an adamant amount of time in Coral Gables.  While Robinson insists that he remains strong to LSU, he will announce a final decision on Wednesday.
  • ATH Michael Parker (Nokesville, VA.) — Parker has always been high on Miami and the Canes’ just may end up snagging  the 6’4, 195-pound athlete in the end.  Parker is said to have Miami near the top of his list and a final decision will be made on Wednesday.

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