Miami football gets commitment from 2023 top 10 center Connor Lew

The Miami football program continued to add to what could be an elite 2023 offensive line class with a commitment from Rivals seventh-ranked center, Connor Lew, on Friday. Lew chose Miami over Auburn, Georgia, and Clemson. Lew is the fifth OL to commit to Miami in the Class of 2023.

Miami also has commitments from five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa and three-star prospects, tackles Frankie Tinilau and Tommy Kinsler and interior OL Antonio Tripp who could compete with Lew at center. The commitment from Lew moves Miami to the seventh-ranked recruiting class national per 247 Sports.

The 2023 Miami football class pulled ahead of Auburn on Thursday to gain the commitment from lew. Auburn had the lead for a commitment from Lew as late as Thursday morning per On3. Miami surged ahead late with the projections from 247 Sports and On3 correctly predicting that Lew would commit to Miami on Friday.

Lew is the 17th commitment to the 2023 Miami class. Per On3, Lew is the 11th blue-chip to Miami in the Class of 2023. That is an extremely high 64.7 percent blue-chip ratio. Per 247 Sports Miami has a blue chip ratio of 55 percent on its 2022 roster. Miami is one of 16 teams nationally with a blue chip ratio over 50 percent.

Cristobal and his staff have done an exceptional job upgrading the Miami roster. Twelve of the 14 2022 Miami signees were four-star prospects per On3. Only four of the OL on the 2021 Miami roster were four-star signees. That includes guard Cleveland Reed who has since transferred. Miami is quickly upgrading the OL.

Jakai Clark is entering his second season as the Miami starter in 2022. Clark will be eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft. Ryan Rodriguez who signed with Miami in 2021 is currently the backup to Clark. Experience is important on the OL. If Clark leaves for the draft, Rodriguez would be the favorite to become the starter in 2023.