Miami football has big July 4 with potential commitments

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The Miami football program has a big day on July 4 with 2022 prospects four-star defensive lineman Zane Durant, three-star offensive lineman Leyton Nelson and four-star athlete Jacolby Spells all announcing their college destinations. Durant has unanimous crystal balls projecting him to Miami, Nelson none, Spells’ are split.

Durant is the 338th player, 46th defensive lineman and 42nd player in Florida in the Class of 2022. Southeast recruiting expert Andrew Ivins is the only non-team expert that projects Durant to commit to Miami. Durant would be the first DL to commit to Miami in the Class of 2022. Miami has one defensive player committed for 2022.

Four-star cornerback Khamauri Rogers is the sole defensive player committed to the Miami for 2022. Miami also has commitments from four-star quarterback Jacurri Brown and three-star wide receiver Landon Ibieta. Miami has taken a far more methodical approach to recruiting with the 2022 class than their rivals.

Spells will make his announcement live on CBS Sports HQ. Durant, Rogers and Spells all took official visits with Miami in June. Miami held Paradise Camp last weekend ahead of dead period in recruiting that lasts through the end of July. More commitment announcements are coming from Miami recruits throughout July.

Nelson is the 338th ranked player, 46th ranked OL and 42nd in Florida in the Class of 2022. Duke, Florida, UCF and Utah are also high on the list of schools Nelson is considering. At 6’4, 275 pounds, Nelson has the length the Miami football program likes. The Hurricanes could be rebuiding their OL in 2022.

Spells is listed as an athlete, but projected to play CB at Miami. The American Heritage prospect is the 243rd ranked player, 27th ranked athlete and 28th in Florida in the Class 2022. Spells is reportedly deciding between Miami and West Virginia. Miami and West Virginia each have a crystal ball for Spells.

Commitments from Durant, Nelson and Spells would vault Miami from the 72nd ranked class for 2022 to 46th. Miami needs to receive some commitments in July to build momentum for the Class of 2022. Miami rebuilt their defensive staff during the 2022 offseason. The new coaches are expected to pay dividends in recruiting.

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After signing the 11th ranked Class in 2021, Miami is trying to keep their blue-chip ratio of its roster made up of four and five star players above 50 percent. The Hurricanes are currently at 67 percent for its currently small class. Miami signed 14 blue chip players in 2021 out of their 22 additions.