Four-star wide receiver Jayden Gibson tweeted on Tuesday he will make his commitment announcement public on October 13 on CBS Sports HQ. The Miami football program is one of eight programs listed as a finalist in the Gibson. Gibson took official visits to Baylor and Miami in June.
No other official visits are scheduled between now and the October 13 commitment date according to 247 Sports. In addition to Baylor and Miami, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are finalists to receive a commitment from Gibson. Gibson is primarily projected to commit to Florida.
Gibson is projected at 100 percent to sign with Florida via Rivals.Com and 72.7 to the Gators and 27.3 to Miami from 247 Sports. Four 247 Crystal Balls project Gibson to commit to Florida and one to Miami. The confidence score for Gibson to sign with Florida is an average of 5.25 with the one projection to Miami at three.
Miami could have a big turnover at WR after the 2021 season. Mike Harley is in his last year of eligibility in 2021. Redshirt junior Charleston Rambo who is in his fourth collegiate season is expected to move on after this season. Several Miami WRs could choose to enter the transfer portal following the 2021 season.
Third-year redshirt freshman WR Jeremiah Payton is taking the 2021 season off. Fourth-year WRs Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins who started for the Miami football team in 2020 have had their roles significantly decreased in 2021. They very easily could choose to enter the transfer portal for the 2022 season.
Gibson would provide Miami with exceptional size at 6’5, 185 pounds. Miami has nine players committed for 2022 including WRs Isaiah Horton and Landon Ibieta. Horton is 6’3, 190 pounds and Ibeita projects as a slot receiver at 5’11 185. Miami has signed seven WRs in the last two classes.
Key’Shawn Smith and Xavier Restrepo who were 2020 signees are making an impact this season. Smith has eight receptions and leads Miami with 110 yards. Restrepo has four receptions for 73 yards and the lone Miami TD reception. Romello Brinson a 2021 signee played 10 snaps against Appalachian State without a reception.
Miami will likely attempt to add one or two more WRs to the Class of 2022. If Miami cannot gain commitments and eventually sign another one or two WRs, the Hurricanes likely would likely go through the transfer portal to find another wideout. The 2022 Miami recruiting class currently ranks 44th nationally.