Miami football 2023 recruiting class still trending in right direction

Oct 23, 2021; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2021; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

Despite missing out on the prospects they were pursuing this week, the Miami football program is still trending in the right direction with the 2023 recruiting class. Several 2023 Miami prospects committed to other programs this week and a pair pushed back their commitments dates. Miami has the 11th-ranked 2023 class.

Miami has hit a dry spell in recruiting after seven blue-chip commitments from June 26 through July 12. Miami missed out on four-star prospects, offensive tackles Olaus Alinen and Payton Kirkland and safety Joenel Aguero this week. Four-star safety Jayden Bonsu and linebacker Malik Bryant pushed back their commitments.

Alinen committed to Alabama on Friday after trending to Miami earlier in the week. Aguero committed to Georgia and Kirkland to Texas on Saturday. Miami was reportedly close for Aguero and Kirkland was trending to Michigan State before Saturday. Miami still leads for commitments from Bonsu and Bryant.

Bonsu and Bryant have not announced new commitments dates. Miami leads for offensive linemen, five-star Samson Okunlola and three-star Tommy Kinsler. Kinsler will announce his commitment on Thursday. Okunlola has not set a commitment date. All eight 247 Sports crystal balls project Kinsler to commit to Miami.

Kinsler de-committed from Florida on July 2. Mario Cristobal and OL coach Alex Mirabal are recruiting a special class up front offensively. Miami has commitments five-star OT Francis Mauigoa and three-star OL Frankie Tinilau and Antonio Tripp. Kinsler and Okunlola would give Miami a deep and talented class.

Several blue-chip prospects are still strongly considering Miami. Four-star Miami Central defensive lineman Rueben Bain is the player most likely to eventually commit to the Hurricanes. Bain is trending to Miami via the projections from 247 Sports and On3. Bain is a Miami legacy.

Former Miami defensive back Tolbert Bain is the uncle of Rueben and his father Reggie is a Miami graduate assistant coach. Bain had 31 tackles for loss and 19 sacks as a junior for the Rockets. Four-star edge rusher Jayden Wayne is the only defensive lineman currently committed to the 2023 Miami class.

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Miami has 14 commits for 2023. Eight of those are blue-chips prospects. The 2022 Miami football roster has a blue-chip ratio (four and five-star players) of 55 percent. With eight of the 14 commits to Miami for 2023 four or five-stars, the future Hurricanes are slightly ahead of the overall roster at 57 percent.