Adam Gorney, the Rivals.com National Recruiting Director, listed two visitors to the Miami football program this weekend in his column "Rivals recruiting buzz: Ten most intriguing visits this weekend."Cornerback Chris Ewald and D.J Pickett visiting Miami intrigue Gorney.
Ewald is the 24th-best prospect, sixth in Florida out of Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna and the third-best 2025 CB in the Rivals rankings. Pickett is the eighth-ranked prospect, top safety and top-ranked player in Florida in 2025. Pickett is the cousin of 2024 four-star Miami signee Booker Pickett Jr.
Miami has commitments from linebacker Elijah Melendez, quarterback Luke Nickel and wide receiver Waden Charles in the 2025 class. Charles, Melendez and Nickel are all four-star prospects. Rivals currently ranks the 2025 Miami class 19th overall extremely early in the cycle.
Ewald is considering Miami after de-committing from Michigan following the departure of head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Los Angeles Chargers. Miami could be intriguing to Ewald with his high school teammates, safety Zaquan Patterson and WR Joshisa Trader signing with the Hurricanes in the 2024 class.
"CHRIS EWALD - Miami- Adam Gorney, Rivals.Com
6'1| 179 LBS | CB | 2025
Coming off his recent decommitment from Michigan, Ewald is expected at Miami in what will be the busiest weekend yet since coach Mario Cristobal took the job. Battle Miami is an absolutely loaded event this year and the Hurricanes are bringing a ton of those players in for visits.
Ewald is serious about Miami, Florida State and others in his recruitment and some personal attention for the Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna high four-star defensive back wouldn’t go unnoticed."
"DJ PICKETT - Miami- Adam Gorney, Rivals
6'4 | 170 LBS | S | 2025
Clemson made a massive impression on Pickett last weekend after telling the five-star from Zephyrhills, Fla., that he could play offense and defense for the Tigers. Now it will be Miami’s chance again to make a run at one of the best players nationally. The Hurricanes along with Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Oregon round out his top five."
Ewald initially committed to Michigan in December 2022. The On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine projects Miami as the favorite to earn a commitment from Ewald at 30.2 percent, followed by Michigan at 26.4 and Florida State at 14.3 percent.
Ewald has already taken multiple visits to Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Michigan. Ewald also has taken single visits to Central Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Penn State, USC and Texas A&M. Official visits will come later this year. Expect Miami to receive one of those official visits.
Florida is considered the front-runner for Pickett with a 26.1 percent chance for a commitment per On3 and Michigan is second at 13.2 percent. Everyone else is below 10 percent. Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan and Ohio State are the only programs that have received multiple visits from Pickett.
Nine programs have received a single visit from Pickett. Pickett has an official visit scheduled for Clemson the weekend of June 1, per his 247 Sports profile. Miami will have a tough competition to receive a commitment from the top safety in the 2025 class. This is a big weekend for Miami for 2024 prospects.