Miami football continues adding OL with Frankie Tinilau 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 continued re-enforcing its offensive line with the addition of 6’5, 315 Australian Frankie Tinilaiu. None of the major recruiting outlets currently rank Tinilau. Tinilau is the second OL to commit to Miami for 2023. The Hurricanes previously received a commitment from four-star OL Antonio Tripp.

Tinilau is the fifth Miami football commit to the 2023 Class. In addition to Tripp, Miami also has commitments from twins Bobby and Robby Washington and three-star wide receiver Lamar Seymore. Tinilau chose Miami over Arizona State, Florida and Florida State. Miami has also been active in adding transfer OL.

The Hurricanes added former Oregon OL Logan Sagapolu earlier during the 2022 offseason and ex-Duck Jonathan Denis over the weekend. Denis and Sagapolu reunite with their former head coach Mario Cristobal and OL coach Alex Mirabal. Miami will have to rebuild some of its OL in 2023.

Left tackle Zion Nelson is likely to leave for the 2023 NFL Draft. Versatile OL D.J. Scaife is entering his fifth collegiate season. Center Jakai Clark could also leave for the 2023 NFL Draft. Tinilau projects as a long-term prospect, but Clark and Nelson started as true freshmen in 2019. Tinilau tweeted his commitment to Miami.

This summer, Tinilau will enroll at Miami LaSalle where he will play this fall. The 247 Sports composite rankings have the 2023 Miami Class 19th and On3 has the Hurricanes 16th. Those numbers will change when Tinilau receives a ranking. Tinilau visited Coral Gables last month before the Monday commitment.

Cristobal being a former OL is apparently one of the reasons Tinilau chose Miami telling Inside the U “It would be fun playing for a head coach who’s a former OL.” Tinilau provides Miami with another imposing player upfront. Cristobal has made it a priority this spring for the lines to play with more physicality.

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The Miami football program could add more OL soon. Miami is expected to be a major competitor with Florida State for former Georgia OL Amarius Mims. Mims was a five-star signee with the Bulldogs in the Class of 2021. Mims could potentially challenge to be the starting Miami right tackle in 2022.