The Miami football program will have other opportunities following the de-commitment of 2022 strongside defensive end Jamaal Johnson. Johnson is a three-star recruit who is the 780th ranked player, 51st SDE and 110th ranked player in Florida in his class. Miami has scholarship offers out to several other 2022 SDEs.
Johnson posted a lengthy n2ote on Twitter on Wednesday explaining his decision to de-commit from the Miami football program. Miami appears to remain one of the schools Johnson is still considered according to his statement. Miami has one remaining commit to the football program for 2022.
Four-star Tampa Sandalwood defensive tackle Brandon Cleveland is the sole commitment to Miami for2022. Knoxville four-star quarterback Kaden Martin is committed to the Miami baseball team but will potentially walk-on the football team as well. Miami could receive some other commitments in the next few weeks.
It is too early in the 2022 recruiting cycle to be concerned about de-commitments. The top four Miami de-commitments from the 2021 class eventually signed with the Hurricanes in December. Miami only lost one de-commitment from their 2021 class to another Power Five program. That could happen with Johnson.
Johnson is reportedly considering 13 other programs according to his 247 Sports recruiting profile. Among the other schools strongly considering Johnson are Miami’s ACC rivals Boston College, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Johnson posted his appreciation on Monday for an offer from Boston College.
There are several options Miami will have at SDE in 2021 at SDE. Five-star SDE Shermar Stewart from Monsignor Pace is the highest-ranked prospect for Miami in the Class of 2022. A commitment from Stewart to lineup with five-star DT Leonard Taylor would give Miami an elite defensive line in the future.
Stewart is the fifth-ranked player overall, top-ranked SDE and number one in Florida in the Class of 2022. Landing a five-star DL in back-to-back Classes would be a huge coup for Manny Diaz and the Miami football program. Diaz made it a priority to keep the best players home when he was hired as head coach in December 2018.