Miami football winning recruiting battles versus elite programs

Nov 27, 2021; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2021; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football flipped 2024 four-star safety, Antione Jackson, on Saturday in their latest win against an elite SEC program. Miami beat out Alabama for the second time in less than a year for a four-star tight end with the commitment of Riley Williams on Friday. Miami flipped four-star TE Jaleel Skinner from Alabama in January.

Mario Cristobal was hired by the Miami football program in December to bring more consistency for the Hurricanes in recruiting. In less than seven months, Cristobal and his staff have made a major impact with Miami in recruiting. With three four-star commits in the last week, Miami has moved into the top 15 2023 classes.

The jump began with the commitment of four-star QB Jaden Rashada last Sunday. Miami beat out Florida, Texas A&M, LSU and Mississippi for the commitment from Rashada. Prior to committing to Miami, Rashada was trending to Florida prior to an official visit to Coral Gables a few days before his commitment.

Winning the recruiting battles in South Florida is critical for Cristobal and his staff. Miami needs to set the foundation of its recruiting classes with players from South Florida will set the foundation for Miami. Jackson will be projected to arrive at Miami after they will likely lose what should be elite depth at safety after the 2023 season.

Safeties Brian Balom and Avantae Williams are eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft and Kamren Kinchens and James Williams can enter the 2024 NFL Draft. As a five-star signee with Miami in 2021, expect James Williams to be close to a lock to enter the 2024 NFL Draft. Miami does not have a safety committed for 2023.

Jackson told Gaby Urrutia of Inside the U that the chance to help Miami get back to where they were and wear a uniform for his city influenced his decision to flip from Georgia. Defensive analyst Demarcus Van Dyke and defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae made the difference in the decision for Jackson to commit to Miami.

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Addae was previously the DB coach at Georgia. Jackson is the 85th ranked player, ninth safety and 21st in Florida in the Class of 2024. Jackson told Urrutia but would not reveal names that he and several other South Florida prospects have been talking about staying together and helping bring the U back.