Miami football 2022 signing class: Jacurri Brown brings new quarterback dimension

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

When the Miami football team signed D’Eriq King as a transfer in January 2020 he became the first true modern dual-threat quarterback for the Hurricanes. Four-star Jacurri Brown could be the next dual-threat QB for Miami with far more size than King at 6’4 205 pounds. Brown was a star passing and running in high school.

At Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, Brown 54.0 percent of his passes for 5,552 yards, 51 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and ran for 4,205 yards, had 18 100 yard games and 54 TDs. According to the Miami Herald, Brown “has the Lowndes career records for passing yards, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns…”

Brown will be a project with Miami. With Tyler Van Dyke and Jake Garcia in front of him at QB, Brown will have time to develop. Brown is the 244th ranked player, 17th ranked QB and 22nd in Georgia in 2022. Brown provides a different QB dimension than Van Dyke and Garcia. The Miami QB room has stabilized in the last three classes.

Brown is also the type of player that can be used in special packages at QB. New Miami head coach Mario Cristobal has not yet hired an offensive coordinator. The Hurricanes mostly had an uptempo, downfield passing game in 2021. Adding Brown gives the Miami offense more options in the future.

The Herald reported that Cristobal told Brown that the Miami offense would remain in the power spread preferred by former offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Brown has been compared to Tennessee and former Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker. Hooker is 6’4, 218 pounds. Brown should grow to have a similar build to Hooker.

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The Miami offense will evolve around the QB. Garcia is more mobile than Van Dyke, but not as much as Brown. Brown has been praised as a leader. Prior to adding King as a transfer and signing Van Dyke in 2020, the Miami QB room lacked leadership. The Miami football program is building a special QB room for the future.