Miami football likely long shot with 5-star 2022 OL Josh Conerly April 8 commitment

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 /

The Miami football program appears to be a longshot with 2022 five-star offensive lineman Josh Conerly ahead of his April 8 commitment announcement. USC appears to be the leader from two of the three major recruiting services. The most recent crystal ball for Conerly from 247 Sports is logged for the Trojans.

Ryland Spencer of projected Conerly to USC on March 19. The other two crystal balls for Conerly were logged to Michigan in September. Offensive line coach Alex Mirabal is listed as the primary recruiter for Conerly. The hope was new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis would give Miami an edge for Conerly.

Gattis was previously the OC at Michigan. Michigan was previously thought to be the leader for Conerly. The departure of Gattis to the Miami football program likely hurt the Wolverines’ chances of signing the Rainier Beach, Washington prospect. Miami might be too far for Conerly to consider playing college football.

Conerly is listed with an 83.5 percent chance to sign with USC according to On3.Com. Miami is given only a 1.3 percent chance to sign Conerly according to On3. Rivals.Com currently Michigan and Washington as the co-favorites, but they have the most recent projection who Conerly will commit to was in September.

Miami signed three-star OL Anez Cooper and Matthew McCoy in the 2022 Class. Mario Cristobal said that Cooper has the potential to play on the defensive and offensive lines. Cooper and McCoy are likely projects who will need time to mature in college and gain conditioning and become ready to contribute on the OL.

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The 247 Sports composite rankings list Conerly as the 15th best prospect, second-ranked offensive tackle and second-best player in Washington in the Class of 2022. If the Miami football program can gain a commitment from Conerly, he has the talent to immediately compete to be a starter for the Hurricanes.