The projected commitments to the Miami football program from five-star recruits, cornerback Jason Marshall and defensive tackle Leonard Taylor have the Hurricanes headed towards a top-five class for 2021.
The commitment from five-star athlete James Williams gave the Miami football program their highest-ranked recruit since 2008 and a lot of momentum in the 2021 class. The Hurricanes have since moved into the top 10 and are on the verge of receiving commitments from two five-star recruits.
Cornerback Jason Marshall and defensive tackle Leonard Taylor could be Miami commits by the end of the week. Marshall received three crystal balls from 247Sports towards Miami on Saturday and speculation has been rampant since that the five-star cornerback will announce his commitment in the next day or two.
Taylor has an announcement scheduled for Thursday at 6 PM live on CBS Sports HQ to announce that he will commit to either the Florida or Miami football program. All eight crystal balls logged for Taylor have him committing to the Hurricanes. Miami has not had two, much less three five-star signees in the same class since 2008.
The additions of Marshall and Taylor would vault the 2021 Miami football recruiting class from 10th to fourth. Marshall and Taylor would place the Miami recruiting class only behind Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Coming off of a 6-7 season Manny Diaz and his staff have done an incredible job.
— Leonard Taylor 🎯 ⁵⁶ (@56reasons_) July 29, 2020
Diaz and his staff have been able to secure recruits without the above-mentioned schools coming into their backyard and poach players. Miami has established relationships with the players in South Florida and that has played dividends with in-person recruiting shutdown nationally.
The Hurricanes have also been able to receive three re-commitments since June. Four-star wide receivers Romello Brinson and Jacolby George recommitted to Miami after de-committing in November. Williams had been de-commited from the Hurricanes since 2019 and recommitted in July.
The Hurricanes are getting close to full capacity in their 2021 recruiting class. The Miami coaching staff has to keep working those recruits with early national signing day still more than four months away. Commitments from Marshall and Taylor would put Miami at 23 commits for 2021. Twenty-five signees are allowed in each class.