Where Miami football stands after named finalist by 4-star DT Tygee Hill

Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program has been named one of 10 finalists for 2022 four-star defensive tackle Tygee Hill from New Orleans. Miami will compete with Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Jackson State, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Texas to sign the Edna Kerr star.

Hill is the 227th player, 17th ranked DT and 11th ranked player in Louisiana for 2022. Miami has commits from four-star DT Brandon Cleveland and three-star defensive end, Jamaal Johnson, for 2022. The Hurricanes will lose at least DT Jon Ford and DE DeAndre Johnson after the 2021 season.

Hill posted his finalists via an edit on Twitter on Tuesday night. Hill is the seventh highest-rated DT, just behind Cleveland, that Miami has offered a scholarship to in the Class of 2022. Hill can connect with former Miami All-American DT Gerald Willis who is an Edna Karr alum. Hill’s recruitment will continue to evolve.

Miami re-hired Jess Simpson as defensive line coach after his spent the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Simpson was previously the DL coach at Miami in 2018 working with then defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and head coach Mark Richt. Diaz re-hired Simpson entering his third season as head coach in 2021.

Hill is already 6’2 280 pounds. Gabe Brooks of 247 praised Hill’s athleticism in May 2019 and projected him as a multi-year starter at a Power Five program and eventual NFL Draft prospect. In addition to losing Ford following the 2021 season, Miami could also lose DT Nesta Silvera who is NFL Draft eligible.

Redshirt freshman Jared Harrison-Hunte is entering his third season with the Miami football program is on the verge of stardom and will also be eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft. Miami has depth behind Ford, Harrison-Hunte and Silvera. The Hurricanes return Jordan Miller and Jalar Holley.

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Miami signed five-star DT Leonard Taylor and three-star Allan Haye in the Class of 2021. Taylor will likely challenge to become a major part of the rotation on the defensive interior as a freshman. Hill would be a great addition to what Diaz is building to become one of the best rotations at DT in college football.