John Garcia Jr. the Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst named five-star wide receiver Joshisa Trader as one of the five most contested recruiting battles in the Southeast. The Miami football program is the near-unanimous favorite to receive a commitment from Trader among the national recruiting websites.
Trader is the 11th-ranked prospect, second wide receiver and third player in Florida in the 2024 class according to the Rivals.Com rankings. The Rivals Future Cast projects the Miami football program with a 100 percent chance to receive a commitment from Trader. On3 projects Miami with a 91.3 percent chance for Trader.
The 247 Sports Crystal balls for Trader are split between Miami and Florida State. Steve Wiltfong the 247 Sports Director of Football Recruiting logged a Crystal Ball for Trader to the Miami football program in January. Florida State 247 Writer Zach Blostein logged a Crystal Ball for Trader to the Seminoles on Thursday.
Trader has 73 receptions for 1,335 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns combined in the last two seasons. Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and Texas A&M have each received multiple unofficial visits from Trader. The five unofficial visits that Trader has taken to Miami are the most. Garcia summarized Trader’s commitment.
"Contenders: Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Florida State“He’s been thought of as a package deal with Jeremiah Smith, an Ohio State commitment, linked to local Miami as an early priority for Mario Cristobal and now there is building buzz for both Florida and Florida State ahead of return trips to those campuses…The case for Ohio State and Miami seems a bit clearer the sooner Trader shuts things down, but Rivals sources in South Florida contend Florida State is much more alive than most realize at this time."
A commitment from Trader would be huge for the 2024 Miami class. Miami already has a commitment from four-star WR Chance Robinson. Trader would eclipse Robinson as the top 2024 Miami commit. Miami needs to add and develop talent at the offensive skill positions. Development at WR has eluded Miami recently.
Miami currently has the 24th-ranked 2024 Class per the 247 Sports composite rankings. Robinson is the only blue-chip prospect committed to Miami for 2024. Garcia reported that Trader has been firm he will not commit under the Early National Signing Day in December or the end of that month.