Miami football still without offensive linemen and running backs for 2022 class

Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2022 Miami football signing class is still without an offensive lineman or running back. Miami returns most of its OL and all of RBs in 2022. The Hurricanes lost starting OL Navaughn Donaldson and Jarrid Williams off its 2021 roster. Former starting center Corey Gaynor transferred to North Carolina.

Cam’Ron Harris who entered the 2021 season as the starting RB and was lost in October for the season with a knee injury entered the NFL Draft. Miami has signed four RBs in the last two classes. Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton signed with Miami in 2020 and Cody Brown and Thad Franklin in 2021.

The Hurricanes signed guard Laurance Seymore, center Ryan Rodriguez and offensive tackle Michael McLaughlin in 2021. None of the three contributed as freshmen. Jalen Rivers a 2020 signee contributed for the Miami football program as a true freshman. Miami is continuing to recruit OL and RBs.

Interior OL Dave Iuli from Pullayup, Washington and offensive tackle Matthew McCoy from St. Augustine are in Coral Gables this weekend. Miami is reportedly pursuing former Mississippi running back Henry Parrish who is a Columbus High School Alum. Parrish has 814 rushing yards and five TDs in two seasons with Mississippi.

Parrish added 28 receptions for 232 yards in the last two years. Miami reportedly did not heavily recruit Parrish out of high school because the Hurricanes were focused on signing Chaney and Knighton. New Miami RBs coach Kevin Smith just left the same position at Mississippi where he coached Parrish the last two seasons.

Miami has a good RB corps, but cannot afford injuries like last season. When Chaney was lost for the season with a torn ACL and Harris suffered his own knee injury a month later, Miami was down to Brown, Franklin and Knighton for the last six weeks of 2021. Adding Parrish would provide Miami with more RB depth.

D.J. Scaife, tackle Zion Nelson and center Jakai Clark provide Miami with three returning starters on the OL. Rivers received valuable experience in 2020. John Campbell returns in 2022 after missing all of 2021 with an injury. Behind those five Miami does not have a lot of experience. A transfer OL would make more sense now.

The Miami football program has already added defensive lineman Jacob Lichtenstein from USC and as announced on Saturday wide receiver Frank Ladson from Clemson as transfers for 2022. Expect head coach Mario Cristobal and OL coach Alex Mirabal to try and stay active in the portal to add players upfront.

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If they do not add a transfer OL this spring will be critical for Miami. It is likely Miami will sign one or two OL. The development upfront will for Miami will begin during spring practice. With the OL Miami has returning, the Hurricanes have a good foundation to build on. Mirabal is intent on improving the Miami OL play.