Miami football signed 2022 top 15 blue chip class

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program signed a class that was higher on quality than quantity on Early National Signing Day on Wednesday. Eight of the nine Miami signees for 2022 are four-star players. The 88.89 percent blue-chip rate (players who are four or five stars) is an insanely high number.

The 2022 Miami football class got a huge boost on Friday. The Hurricanes were able to flip four-star tight end Jaleel Skinner from Alabama. Head coach Mario Cristobal and TEs coach Stephen Field were the primary recruiters for Skinner. Skinner will add to the legend of Miami being TE U.

Miami ranks seventh nationally and third in the ACC in the average recruiting ranking among their signees. The Hurricanes added local prospect Nyjalik Kelly late in the cycle. Kelly was uncommitted before signing with Miami on Wednesday. Miami also added exciting quarterback prospect Jacurri Brown and a deep group at cornerback.

A key signee is linebacker Wesley Bissainthe at a desperately needed position for Miami. Chris Graves and Khamauri Rogers could make an impact immediately for Miami at CB. Miami also signed CB Jaden Harris who was projected to sign with Georgia Tech before signing with Miami on Wednesday.

Miami moved up from the above rankings. The Hurricanes average 2022 signee improved to 92.12 with the addition of Skinner. Miami passes Clemson and North Carolina for the top average signee in the ACC and the Hurricanes are fifth nationally. Miami is only behind Alabama, Texas A&M, Ohio State and Georgia.

Miami is not finished finalizing the 2022 Class. Head coach Mario Cristobal said during his Early National Signing Day press conference he expects between 16 and 20 players added to the roster by the time the 2022 Class is finalized. Miami will sign more high school prospects and add players through the transfer portal.

The Miami football program is still recruiting several high-level prospects. Four-stars, defensive end Cyrus Moss and wide receiver Kevin Coleman are expected to sign their National Letters of Intent on Friday. Coleman and Moss will not announce their college destinations until January 8 at the Army All-American Bowl.

Coleman is trending to Miami with Moss lightly trending to USC. Cristobal is recruiting other players heavily that include five-star Monsignor Pace DE Shemar Stewart. If Miami can reach the 16 to 20 signees and transfers that Cristobal projects, the 2022 Class can eventually finish in the twenties or thirties nationally.

Former USC defensive tackle Jacob Lichtenstein announced via Twitter on Friday he is transferring to Miami. Lichtenstein is from Fort Lauderdale and signed with USC in the Class of 2021. In 2021 Lichtenstein had his best season for the Trojans with 28 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks.

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Lichtenstein redshirted as a freshman in 2017 and missed the 2019 season with an injury. Because of the injury, redshirt season and COVID, Lichtenstein will have two seasons of eligibility remaining according to David Lake of Inside the U. Lichtenstein is the first transfer of the Mario Cristobal era.