Could Collins Acheampong delaying commitment help Miami football?

Dec 8, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Four-star edge rusher Collins Acheampong tweeted Thursday night that he had chosen to delay his commitment date. The Miami football program made a big impression on Acheampong during his official visit last weekend per several major recruiting outlets. Could the delay in Acheamong’s commitment help Miami?

Acheampong was trending to Michigan from most of the major recruiting outlets prior to the delay on Friday. LSU and UCLA are the other programs that Acheampong named as finalists and reiterated in the tweet announcing the delay in the commitment date. Miami and Michigan are the significant favorites for Acheampong.

All five 247 Sports crystal balls projected Acheampong to commit to Michigan prior to the delay in the commitment announcement. The On3.Com prediction machine lists Michigan with a 74.6 percent chance of receiving a commitment from Acheampong. Miami is second at 22.4 percent for an Acheampong commitment.

No other program has greater than a one percent chance of a commitment. The only defensive commitments the Miami football program has for 2023 currently are from four-star athlete Robert Stafford who is projected to play cornerback and three-star linebacker Robby Washington.

Acheampong mentioned the impact of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor being on the Miami staff to multiple media outlets. Miami defensive line coach Joe Salave’a is another staff member with NFL experience. Miami appears to have closed the gap with Michigan after Acheampong’s visit last weekend.

Miami is projected to receive a commitment from five-star edge rusher Jayden Wayne. The addition of Acheampong and Wayne would provide Miami with two elite edge rushers in consecutive classes. Mario Cristobal is building an elite defensive line for Miami in less than one year as the Hurricanes’ head coach.

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The 2023 Miami recruiting class has moved from the forties to 22nd currently after three big commitments in the last week. Miami should continue to move up the rankings throughout July. The rankings will fluctuate with other programs receiving commitments and when players de-commit.