A report from CaneSport via Barry Jackson in the Miami Herald stated that five-star Monsignor Pace defensive end Shemar Stewart would not be comfortable signing with the Miami football program if the Hurricanes do not have a defensive coordinator. Signing Day is next Wednesday.
Stewart is also considering Georgia and Texas A&M as his finalist. The Miami football program has built momentum in the recruitment for Stewart under Mario Cristobal and his staff. Miami does have defensive line coach Joe Salave’a in place. Salave’a was hired by Miami after being on the Oregon staff under Cristobal.
Stewart has visited the Miami campus numerous times. This weekend Stewart is taking his official visit to Coral Gables on the last weekend before National Signing Day. Texas A&M has been the leader for Stewart for a few months. Miami has surged for Stewart in the past few weeks before the issue with defensive coordinator.
All five 247 Sports crystal balls project Stewart to sign with Texas A&M. Rivals.Com projects Stewart to the Aggies at 56 percent. Stewart would be a huge addition to the 2022 Miami class that already has top 100 defensive ends Nyjalik Kelly and Cyrus Moss. Miami added DL transfers, Jacob Lichtenstein and Antonio Moultrie.
A commitment from Stewart would boost the 2022 Miami Class from 38th nationally to 23rd. Kelly, Moss and tight end Jaleel Skinner are three top 100 prospects who pledged to the 2022 Miami class after Cristobal was hired. Cristobal and his staff have a lot of work remaining before National Signing Day.
Jackson reported that Miami is considering Dolphins linebackers coach Anthony Campanile, Houston defensive coordinator Doug Belk and Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Clint Hurtt among other unnamed candidates to become the defensive coordinator. Cristobal has kept potential coaching candidates tight.
Cristobal and his incomplete staff have been able to recruit without clarity at every coaching position. Stewart has stated he wants to play defensive end in a four-three defense. Solidfying the coaching staff will help Cristobal in what will be a busy inaugual offeseason with Miami. Salave’a is the defensive coaching postion solidfied.