Miami football big final official visit weekend before Early National Signing Day

Chris Graves of Bishop Verot runs after a catch against Port Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Fort Myers.Fnp 091721 Ai Verotptcharlotte 001
Chris Graves of Bishop Verot runs after a catch against Port Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Fort Myers.Fnp 091721 Ai Verotptcharlotte 001 /

The Miami football program has a big weekend of bringing in commits for a second official visit and several other prospects that have shown renewed interest in the Hurricanes with the hiring of Mario Cristobal earlier this week. Recruits are allowed to take a second official visit to programs that hire new head coaches.

Quarterback Jacurri Brown, cornerbacks Chris Graves and Khamauri Rogers, linebacker Wesley Bissainthe, safety Markeith Williams and wide receiver Isaiah Horton will take their second official visits to Miami this weekend and their first meeting with Cristobal at Miami.

Bissainthe committed to Miami last Saturday. Several recruits have shown a renewed interest following the hiring of Cristobal. Four-star defensive lineman Nyjalik Kelly who is trending to Miami, four-star running back Jovante Barnes and five-star WR Kevin Coleman from St. Louis will both take official visits this weekend.

This is a critical weekend for Miami. The Hurricanes have only eight commits currently after three-star LB Justin Medlock from Houston recently recommitted. Cristobal and the Miami coaching staff have connected with most of those eight commits. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said no one has contacted three-star WR Landon Ibieta.

Ibieta could be the one casualty of the current Miami commits with the coaching change. Cristobal is still working on hiring a new staff while out recruiting less than a week until Early National Signing Day. Another name to watch is Earl Little Jr. Alabama is the favorite to sign the nation’s 12th ranked CB.

Miami has made its way back into the discussion for Little with the hiring of Cristobal. The recruitment of Little by Miami was somewhat contentious before Cristobal returned to his alma mater. Earl Little Sr. played for Miami from 1993 through 1996. Cristobal played at Miami from 1988 through 1992.

The other 2022 Miami commit not yet mentioned is 6’7, 275 offensive lineman Felentha Carswell. Cristobal and his staff reportedly met with Carswell earlier this week. Several Miami football recruits are waiting until the traditional National Signing Day in February. Expect Miami to also be active in the transfer portal.

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The Hurricanes are far away from their scholarship limit of 25 per class plus up to seven transfers if they lose that many. Cristobal brings a presence to the Miami football program that multiple players who were not interested in before will be now. The next several weeks will shape the future of the Miami football program.