Five-star 2021 defensive lineman Tyreke Sapp who is currently commited to Florida surprisingly released a group of five finalists that included the Miami football program on Thursday.
The Miami football program is a finalist for several five-star players in the Class of 2021. To receive a National Letter of Intent from any of them, the Hurricanes are going to have to win big in 2020. Five-star defensive lineman Tyreak Sapp from legendary St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale named Miami a finalist Thursday.
In addition to Miami; Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech and Ohio State are in the final five that Sapp listed on Thursday. The announcement via Twitter by Sapp came as a surprise as he has been commited to Florida since Christmas Eve 2018. The only Crystal Ball for Sapp is for Miami by Andrew Ivins of Inside the U.
The Crystal Ball logged in September 2018 seems out of date at this point. The Miami football program has a lot of work to do to have a chance to sign Sapp. The expectation for the Hurricanes to be able to sign any of the five-star players are a 10 win season and potentially win the ACC Coastal Division.
Sapp spoke to 247Sports and gave an update on the five schools still in the running to sign him. In addition to winning, Sapp wants to see Miami produce NFL talent in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. It’s difficult to see how that would impact his recruitment with the draft already completed for 2020.
— ⚡️Tyreak Sapp ⚡️ (@SappTyreak) July 9, 2020
“I have been talking to them (Miami) since I was in eighth grade…That’s home. That’s the crib so I see them as another option for me. I want to see them put more players out earlier [in the NFL Draft], which I think they should do. Also win more regional games.”
Miami has been able to secure elite players because of the relationships they have had with multiple recruits. Four-star 2020 safety Avantae Williams stated he signed with the Hurricanes because of the relationship he had with safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Ephraim Banda.
Miami is able to make contact with players earlier because of their proximity to the plethora of talent in South Florida. The top four-star and five-star players often lose interest when the more elite programs get involved. For Miami to sign more players like Sapp, producing talent to the NFL and winning games is imperative.