Shemar Stewart names Miami football as top three finalist

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Five-star defensive end Shemar Stewart, the second-highest ranked uncommitted player in the Class of 2022, named the Miami football program as a finalist to sign him with Georgia and Texas A&M. The Aggies are the prohibitive favorite to sign the ninth-ranked, player, third-ranked defensive lineman and top Florida prospect.

Mario Cristobal and his staff will make Stewart a priority throughout the next seven weeks. Cristobal has said during his introductory press conference and on Wednesday during his meeting with reporters on Early National Signing Day about the importance of signing local players. Stewart attends Monsignor Pace.

Miami signed Nyjalik Kelly who is one of the best DL in the Class of 2022 on Wednesday. Signing Stewart would be huge for Cristobal and the Miami football program. Miami currently has the 62nd ranked 2022 Class. If Stewart was currently added to the Miami 2022 Class, the Hurricanes would vault to 47th overall.

Stewart could have a similar impact for Miami in 2022 to what five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor has in 2021. Taylor has 21 tackles is tied for the Miami lead with 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass breakup in limited snaps. Teaming Stewart with Kelly and Taylor would give Miami a dominant defensive line.

Stewart would be the cornerstone of the 2022 Miami class. Miami signed eight players on Wednesday. Cristobal told reporters to expect Miami to sign between 16 and 20 players when the Hurricanes 2022 class is finalized. That includes high school signees and players added through the transfer portal.

Miami has also offered former four-star Oregon defensive tackle Jayson Jones who is in the transfer portal. Jones would provide Miami with exceptional size at 6’6.5, 320 pounds in the middle of the defensive line. Jones had 19 tackles, 1.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks in 2020. The Alabama native has three years of eligibility remaining.

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Stewart has taken multiple visits to Miami. Cristobal, defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, and cornerbacks coach Demarcus Van Dyke visited Stewart on December 8. With Cristobal officially taking over as Miami head coach last week, Stewart is allowed a second official visit with the Hurricanes.