Miami Hurricanes CB prospect Duce Chestnut finalists drop Saturday

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 8: (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 8: (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

Four-star cornerback Duce Chestnut who the Miami Hurricanes are recruiting heavily announced via Twitter on Friday that he will be declaring his top eight schools on Saturday.

Four-star 2021 cornerback Duce Chestnut who attends the same New Jersey high school as 2020 Miami Hurricanes signee linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave announced on Twitter on Friday that he will announce his top eight schools on Saturday night at 8 PM. Miami has commitments from two 2021 CBs and is expected to take a third.

Chestnut is the 327th ranked player, 24th ranked CB and sixth-ranked player in New Jersey in the Class of 2021. Chesnut would be the eighth-highest rated player in the Miami Hurricanes 2021 recruiting class. Miami currently has commits from three-star CBs Tim Burns and Malik Curtis. Chesnut is rated higher than them.

Special teams coordinator Jonathan Patke and CBs coach Mike Rumph are leading the recruitment for Chestnut. Chestnut currently has offers from 13 programs including Miami. Louisville, North Carolina State and Syracuse in the ACC that have offered Chestnut a scholarship.

Eleven of the 13 programs to offer Chestnut are Power Five programs. The other schools that stand out on the list are Michigan, Penn State and potentially Rutgers as an in-state program. Andrew Ivins of Inside the U reported last month that likely need to visit Miami first before securing a spot with the Hurricanes.

Brian Dohn, a National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports.Com examined the skill set that Chestnut could provide Miami. At 5’11 Chesnut is a bit shorter than the CBs Miami have recruited under Manny Diaz. Ivins reported the reach Chestnut has belies his shorter stature at CB.

"“Has frame to play corner or safety. Boundary corner is ideal spot. Instinctual and smart on field. Athletic and changes direction well. Tracks ball and is aggressive in coverage. Good in run support. Has body control. Strong tackler with technique. Plays physical and re-routes receivers with strong jam.Comfortable in press and off-man coverage. Top end speed a question to excel against elite competition. Has to work on bending more at knees in backpedal. Transition from backpedal to driving on ball needs work. Personal-best 6.74 in 55 meters. Must continue to develop hip looseness.Multi-year starter at Power 5 school. NFL free agent.”"

Entering what will be Chestnut’s freshman season in 2021, cornerbacks Al Blades and D.J. Ivey will be seniors if they do not leave for the NFL Draft after the 2020 Miami football season. Christian Williams and Te’Cory Crouch will be entering their junior seasons in 2021. Miami signed two CBs in 2020.

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Four-star Isaiah Dunson and three-star Marcus Clarke enrolled earlier this week. Dunson provides Miami with excellent length at 6’2, while Clarke would literally see eye to eye with Chestnut at 5’11. Chestnut appears to be a player on the rise. No crystal balls are currently entered by 247 for Chestnut.