Julian Armella, the 14th ranked offensive tackle in the Class of 2022 named the Miami football program as one of his seven finalists. Miami faces tough competition to sign the four-star OT. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Ohio State also made the list for Armella.
Armella is 133rd overall, the 18th ranked player in Florida and the second-ranked OT in Florida in the Class of 2022. Miami will definitely lose senior starting OL Navaughn Donaldson and Jarrid Williams and will likely lose a few key reserves after the 2021 season. Signing OL is critical for Miami for 2022.
Keeping the Miami Columbus star home is important for the 2022 Miami recruiting class. Gaby Urrutia of Inside the U reported that Armella might not make his commitment public until after his senior season next fall. Miami has offered 20 OTs in the Class of 2022. Armella is the ninth-ranked OT Miami has offered in 2022.
Armella is the only of the 20 OTs Miami has offered for 2022 warm on Miami. Two of the OTs Miami has offered for 2022 have committed to other schools. Miami signed one OT and three OL in the Class of 2021. Michael McLaughlin is a 6’7, 290-pound four-star converted TE who signed with Miami as an OT for 2021.
Armella was a teammate in 2020 of 2021 Miami signee, three-star center Ryan Rodriguez. The Miami OL should be extremely experienced in 2022. The Hurricanes signed four-star OL Jalen Rivers and added Issiah Walker as a freshman transfer from Florida during the spring of 2020 to add to their roster.
Veterans John Campbell and Zion Nelson could be entering their fourth seasons as starters in 2022. Which was a weakness for the Miami football program in 2019 is slowly becoming a strength for the Hurricanes. Signing Armella would add another cornerstone to the OL for the Miami football program.