The Miami football program could lose their entire starting offensive line after the 2021 season. Recruiting OL in the Class of 2022 for the Hurricanes. Five offensive linemen in the Class of 2022 are strongly considering Miami according to the 247 Sports recruiting profiles. The transition of the Miami OL will begin in 2022.
Jarrid Williams is entering his seventh season of college football in 2021. Williams will definitely move on following the season. Navaughn Donaldson is entering his fifth season in the Miami football program and is also in his final season of eligibility in 2021. The rest of the Miami starters on the OL have decisions to make.
Center Corey Gaynor is entering his fifth season on the Miami roster, OL D.J. Scaife his fourth season and left guard Jakai Clark his third. All three are returning starters and eligible to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. Gaynor is slated to be the Miami center for the third straight season. Scaife is competing with Williams at right tackle.
Clark is competing with second-year OL Jalen Rivers to hold on to his LG position. Scaife was the starter at right guard in 2020 but moved back to his more natural position at OT this spring. Clark is not likely to enter the 2022 NFL Draft, but if he loses his starting LG position to Rivers, he could transfer.
Three four-star OTs are strong considering Miami and two three-stars according to 247. Two of the five OL considering the Hurricanes are from Miami and three are from Florida. Four-star Julian Armella from Miami Columbus is the 12th ranked OT and the most important OL the Hurricanes are recruiting for 2022.
Armella is a Florida State legacy. In addition to the Florida State and Miami football programs, Armella is also considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU and Ohio State. Bud Elliott, a national recruiting expert for 247 projects Armella to commit to the Seminoles. Miami signing Armella is going to be a long shot.
Miami is one of seven schools high on the list for four-star OT Malik Agbo from Federal Way, Washington. Agbo is also considering Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. Getting Agbo to move across the country when he is also considering Alabama and LSU seems like a tough sell.
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Cameron Williams is a four-star prospect who is the 34th ranked OT in 2022. Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas are the other schools high on the list for Williams. Daughtry Richardson is the other local OT the Hurricanes are pursuing out of Miami Central. Richardson is a three-star prospect and the 44th ranked OT.
Arizona State, Florida State, Kentucky and West Virginia are the other schools Richardson is strongly considering. All four of the crystal balls, including one from Elliott, project Richardson to commit to Florida State. The last of the OL strongly considering Miami is Leyton Nelson out of Boone High School in Orlando.
Nelson is the 51st ranked OT on the 247 Sports composite rankings. In addition to Miami, Nelson is considering Louisville, Pittsburgh and Tennesse. No crystal balls are projected for Nelson. Miami reportedly wants to sign three OL in the Class of 2022. Miami is deeper on the OL than they have been in recent seasons.
If Gaynor leaves, Clark is the likely successor at center. Rivers and Walker are talented and would provide Miami good anchors for the future. Michael McLaughlin, Laurence Seymore and center Ryan Rodriguez who were 2021 signees will be a part of the rotation on the Miami OL beginning in 2022.