Miami Football Early National Signing Day 2024: NLI tracker and live blog

Mario Cristobal has enhanced his reputation as a closer during over last few weeks as the Miami football program is challenging to finish with top five 2024 class.

Oct 21, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal celebrates
Oct 21, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal celebrates / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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After signing the seventh-best 2023 class, the Miami football program entered the Early National Signing Period with the sixth best 2024 class. Three players who were previously committed to the 2024 Miami class have moved on to other programs and Miami has flipped commits from other programs in the last three weeks.

The Miami football program flipped two commits from Ohio State in the last three weeks. Five-star defensive tackle Justin Scott and four-star running back Jordan Lyle flipped from the Buckeyes to the Hurricanes on November 29 and Lyle reversed his pledge on Monday. Miami has a few more players to watch as potential flips on Wednesday.

Five-star defensive lineman Armondo Blount has four crystal balls projecting his flip from Florida State to Miami. Four-star Florida linebacker commit Adarius Hayes and three-star Wisconsin cornerback commit Xavier Lucas are other players to watch as potential flips for Miami on Wednesday.

The defensive line is the position unit to watch for Miami in the 2024 class. A year after signing two five-star offensive linemen, Miami is on the verge of adding two five-star DL in the 2024 class with Blount and Scott. Miami is expected to sign five four-star DL and edge rushers to add to Blount and Scott in the 2024 Class.

Three-star quarterback Judd Anderson who has been a leader of the 2024 Miami football class is the first official signee. Anderson is the 910th ranked prospect, 58th QB and 105th player in Georgia out of Warner Robins. At 6'6, 210 pounds, Anderson has intriguing size and is an outstanding athlete who also plays basketball.

Four-star athlete Zaquan Patterson is the second-highest-ranked prospect in the 2024 Miami class among current commits. With 2023 starting safeties Kamren Kinchens and James Williams moving on to the NFL, Patterson will have a chance to start in 2024. Patterson is the 68th-ranked player, sixth safety and 11th in Florida for 2024.

Three-star signee Juan Minaya is one of three offensive tackles expected to sign with Miami on Wednesday. Minaya is the 1052nd ranked prospect, 78th OT and 19th player in New Jersey;out of Paramus Catholic. At 6'6 and 335 pounds, Minaya already has excellent size at the position. Expect Minaya to be a developmental prospect.

Four-star edge rusher Elias Rudolph is the first signee as part of what is projected to be an Miami elite defensive line class. Rudolph is the 332nd prospect, 27th edge rusher and 13th player in Ohio out of Cincinnati Taft in the 2024 class. Miami also has commitments from four-star edge rushers Marquise Lightfoot and Booker Pickett Jr.

Four-star safety Ryan Mack is the first of several players from St. Thomas Aquinas who will officially sign with Miami on Wednesday. Mack is the 590th-ranked player, 60th safety and 79th prospect in Florida in the 2024 class. Mack is one of four projected safeties committed to the 2024 Miami class. At 5'11, 165, Mack needs time to develop.

Three-star running back Chris Wheatley is another hometown signee out of South Broward High School. Wheatley-Humphrey is the 759th ranked player, 59th RB and 108th prospect in Florida per the 247 Sports composite rankings. At 6'0 and 175 pounds, Wheatley-Humphrey provides depth to the 2024 Miami class.

At 6'1 and 235 pounds, three-star defensive lineman Daylen Russell will have to grow into his body. Russell is the 1, 218 prospect, 129th DL and 163rd player in Florida in the 2024 class. Russell had 49 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks in eight games as a senior in 2023. Expect Russell to redshirt in 2024.

Nino Francavilla is a developmental center signee in the 2024 class. Francavilla is the 1,950th ranked player, 152nd interior offensive lineman and 12th prospect in Connecticut out of Cheshire Academy in Windsor. At 6'3, 293 pounds, Francavilla provides Miami with excellent size at the position.

Three-star safety Isaiah Thomas is one of four commits to the Miami football program at the position for 2024. Thomas is the 584th prospect, 59th safety and 78th player in Florida out of Clearwater Academy International. Thomas has good size at 6'2, 205 pounds. In 2023, Thomas worked back from a torn ACL in 2002.

Four-star RB Jordan Lyle only committed to the Miami football program on Monday after flipping from Ohio State. This is the second straight class Miami flipped a RB from Ohio State. Mark Fletcher flipped last year. Lyle is the 146th ranked player, 11th RB and 20th prospect in Florida out of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Four-star wide receiver Chance Robinson becomes the third official St. Thomas Aquinas signee in the 2024 Miami class. Robinson is the 157th ranked player, 26th WR and 21st player in Florida in the 2024 Class. Robinson is one of three blue-chip WRs in the 2024 Miami class with Ny Carr and Joshisa Trader.

Carr is the highest ranked of the three elite 2024 Miami WRs. The 247 Sports composite rankings place Carr as the 48th prospect, 12th WR and eighth ranked player in Georgia out of Moultrie, Colquitt County. Carr was an ultra productive player in high school career with 169 receptions for 3,195 yards and 44 TDs.

Three-star cornerback Romanas Frederique Jr. is the fourth official St. Thomas Aquinas player in the 2024 Miami class. Fredrique is the 910th ranked player, 70 CB and 123rd player in Florida in 2024. Frederique played WR and returned kickoffs and punts in addition to CB during his St. Thomas Aquinas career.

Massive 6'8.5, 340 pound offensive tackle Markel Bell signs with Miami out of Cleveland, Mississippi, Holmes Community College. Bell is the 15th overall Junior College Prospect for 2024, top ranked JC OT and seventh ranked JC out of Mississippi. Miami gains intriguing size with Bell and adds depth to the OL.

Four-star linebacker Cameron Pruitt is the only Miami signee at the position in the 2024 class. Pruitt is the 471st ranked player, 48th LB and 27th prospect in Alabama out of Theodore. Pruitt had 99 tackles, 15 TFLs, two sacks and three pass breakups in 12 games as a senior during the 2023 season.

Five-star defensive lineman Justin Scott is the highest ranked player in the 2024 Miami Class. The 247 Sports composite rankings list Scott as the seventh ranked prospect, third DL and top ranked player in Illinois out of Chicago St. Ignatius. At 6'3, 310 pounds, Scott has the athleticism and size to excel at defensive tackle.

Booker Pickett Jr. is a Miami legacy and one of three blue chip edge rushers in the 2024 Miami Class. Pickett's father played for Miami from 1994 through 1996. Pickett is the 226th prospect, 19th edge rusher and 33rd player in Florida in the 2024 class out of Tampa Wharton. At 6'3, 205, Pickett needs time to develop his body.

Cole McConathy was a late commit to the 2024 Miami class in November. McConathy is the 1,042 ranked prospect, 70th edge rusher and 44th player in Alabama out of Spanish Fort
in the 2024 class. McConathy had 111 tackles, 36.5 TFLs and 24.5 sacks as a senior during the 2023 season.

Abram Murray was the first commit in the 2024 Miami Class as the third ranked kicker out of Shreveport, Louisiana C.E. Byrd. Murray averaged 58.6 yards on kickoffs, 40.1 on punts with 11 inside the 20, made 38 out of his 39 PAT attempts and six of 10 field goals with a long of 44 yards.

Safety Dylan Day joins coordinator Shannon Dawson and Lance Guidry and Murray as Miami Hurricanes from Louisiana. The 5'11, 165 Day is the 689th ranked prospect, 76th safety and 19th player in Louisiana out of Baton Rouge Southern Lab. A three-star signee, Day also played baseball and ran track in high school.

Four-star DL Artavius Jones is the 191st-ranked prospect, 28th DL and 26th player in Florida out of Blountstown which is in the Panhandle near Tallahassee. In his final two high school seasons, Jones had 116 tackles, 27.5 TFLs and three sacks. Jones signs with Miami over Central Florida and Florida State.

Four-star prospect Marquise Lightfoot is the highest rated edge rusher in the 2024 Miami class. Scott and Lightfoot are the top two ranked players in Chicago in the 2024 class. Lightfoot is the 60th ranked player, fifth edge rusher and third in Illinois in the 2024 Class out of Kenwood Academy.

Three-star OL Deryc Plazz has been one of the most vocal commits in the 2024 Miami class. Plazz is the 711th player, 52nd OL and 101st ranked player in Florida from Jacksonville Mandarin. At 6'5 and 289 pounds, Plazz has good size on the interior of the OL and the potential to become a leader for Miami.

Four-star tight end Elija Lofton is an elite playmaker. Lofton had 82 receptions for 1,893 yards and 16 TDs from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Bishop Gorman is the same high school that produced former Miami TE Brevin Jordan. Lofton could contribute as a freshman after TEs failed to produce in 2023.

Four-star wide receiver Joshisa Trader joins Carr and four-star St. Thomas Aquinas prospect Chance Robinson to give Miami one of its most elite receiving classes in recent memory. Trader is the 50th prospect, third WR in 2021 and eighth player in Florida in the 2024 class. Trader is known for making big plays and "acrobatic grabs."

The Miami football program moved up to the fourth class nationally after flipping four-star LB Adarius Hayes from Florida. Hayes is the 73rd prospect, seventh LB and 12th player in Florida out of Largo. Hayes is the second LB in the 2024 Miami class after four-star prospect Cameron Pruitt signed earlier on Wednesday.

The Miami football team capped off its 2024 Class by flipping five-star defensive tackle Armondo Blount from Florida State. Blount is the 22nd ranked signee, fourth DL and fifth player in Florida out of Miami Central. After flipping Blount, Miami moved up to the third-best 2023 nationally passing Florida State, Texas, Oregon and Ohio State.