The Miami Hurricanes on Sunday picked up four big commitments for its 2016 Signing Class, which climbed back to No. 1 in the overall team rankings according to 247Sports.
UM picked up verbal, non-binding agreements from Gulliver Prep four-star defensive end Joseph Jackson (6-4, 229) and three-star safety Cedrick Wright (5-9, 180), Lakeland Lake Gibson defensive tackle Keyshon Camp (6-3, 250) and Coral Gables running back Amir Rasul (6-1, 200).
Here's how UM's 2016 class looks now on paper.
|Sam Bruce||WR||St. Thomas Aquinas||5-8||160||4||3|
|Dionte Mullins||WR||Miami Gulliver Prep||5-11||179||4||12|
|Shaquille Quarterman||ILB||Orange Park Oakleaf, Fla.||6-1||225||4||3|
|Jack Allison||QB||Palmetto, Fla.||6-5||185||4||7|
|Zach McCloud||OLB||Lake Worth Santaluces||6-3||215||4||16|
|Joseph Jackson||DE||Miami Gulliver Prep||6-4||229||4||16|
|Ahmmon Richards||WR||West Palm Beach Wellington||6-2||172||4||55|
|Cedrick Wright||S||Miami Gulliver Prep||5-9||180||3||18|
|Michael Pinckney||ILB||Jacksonville Raines||6-2||215||3||12|
|Amir Rasul||RB||Coral Gables||6-1||200||0||0|
|Keyshon Camp||DT||Lakeland Lake Gibson||6-3||250||0||0|
While UM's 2016 class continues to thrive, the Hurricanes are looking to strengthen their 2015 class currently ranked 20th by 247Sports and ESPN and 22nd by Rivals.com with a little more than a week to go before National Signing Day on Feb. 4.
The Hurricanes remain at 19 commitments after hosting three non-committed visitors over the weekend -- three-star defensive tackle Kevin Scott (Los Angeles, Calif.), Delray Beach Atlantic three-star defensive end Shelton Johnson and three-star quarterback Evan Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.).
Scott told 247Sports' Ryan Bartow the UM visit was "amazing" but remains wide open with Miami, USC, Purdue, San Diego State and Ole Miss (his final recruiting visit this coming weekend) all in the running. Johnson (6-5, 220) is expected to choose Florida State and will make his last visit there this coming weekend. It's unclear yet if Shirreffs, who doesn't have an FBS offer but has intrigued schools like Miami because he had a stellar senior season, received an offer during his visit.
So what's left to sort out for the Hurricanes from here on out? A handful of visitors are expected this final weekend including Ohio State commitment and Plantation American Heritage star quarterback Torrance Gibson, a U.S. Army All-American. There's no telling yet how serious he's considering Miami, but he's scheduled to make the trip to Coral Gables along with talented four-star receivers Daylon Charlot (a former Alabama commitment) and Georgia commitment Jayson Stanley, three-star defensive tackle T.D. Moton, a former Alabama commitment who might still end up in the SEC at either Texas A&M or Mississippi State and little-known 6-7, 250-pound defensive end Simi Moala from Los Angeles. Moala also has a Fresno State offer which is close to home.
There are other previous visitors considering Miami. Here's a list and look at who the Hurricanes have a shot at landing before National Signing Day.
|Key UM Targets||POS||School||HT||WT||Stars||Rank|
|Marcus Lewis||CB||Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga||6-1||187||4||8|
|Antonio Callaway||WR||Miami Booker T. Washington||5-11||185||3||46|
|Kendrick Norton||OG||Jacksonville Trinity Christian||6-3||305||3||26|
|Fred Johnson||OT||Royal Palm Beach||6-6||301||3||147|
|Kevin Scott||DT||L.A. Bishop Mora Salesian||6-5||280||3||65|
|Shelton Johnson||DE||Delray Beach Atlantic||6-5||220||3||20|
|Evan Shirreffs||QB||Jefferson, Ga.||6-5||195||3||60|
|Davante Davis||CB||Miami Booker T. Washington||6-3||200||4||29|
|Austrian Robinson||DE||Trinity-Pawling School, N.Y.||6-6||255||3||34|
|Rasheem Green||DT||Junipero Serra Gardena, CA||6-5||275||5||5|
|John Houston||LB||Junipero Serra Gardena, CA||6-3||211||4||6|
|Quart'e Sapp||LB||Alpharetta Milton, Ga.||6-1||200||4||14|
|Arden Key||DE||Lithonia Charter, Ga.||6-5||230||4||4|
|Mohamed Barry||OLB||Loganville Grayson, Ga.||6-1||210||3||71|
A couple of notes on a few of the players mentioned above:
> Lewis said after his visit to UM the Hurricanes were his leader. Kentucky, also a finalist, will make an in-home visit this week along with Miami. The Hurricanes badly need another high-quality cornerback in this class considering Artie Burns, Corn Elder and Antonio Crawford will all be juniors next season and Tracy Howard a senior.
> Callaway, who visited West Virginia this past weekend, told me last week he's completely torn. Alabama is supposed to get his last visit and he said he's intrigued by how the Tide used former Miami Northwestern star Amari Cooper. UF, Callaway's favorite team growing up, could be a factor if they push harder than they have to now.
> Johnson is supposed to take his last official visit to the Gators this coming weekend. Considering teammate and Hurricanes recruit Charles Perry is already a part of this class and he loved his visit to Coral Gables Miami has a strong shot. What hurts Miami? They've already got six offensive linemen in the class.
> UM coaches -- including Al Golden -- visited both Green and Houston at home last week and neither eliminated Miami from contention. Both, though, are expected to stay on the West Coast barring a surprise.
> Sapp (6-1, 200) named Miami one of his four finalists last week along with Tennessee, Michigan State and North Carolina. He's taken official visits to Tennesse, considered the favorite, and Michigan State. Will he give Miami his last official visit? If he does that's a positive sign. If not, he's probably not coming here. Miami badly needs help at linebacker. Barry visited Nebraska this past weekend and told reporters there he was blown away by his visit.
So, as it stands, this is what Miami's current class looks like with 19 commitments after the de-commitment of Pompano Beach Ely receiver Therrel Gosier last week.
|Jaquan Johnson||S||Miami Killian||5-10||182||4||13|
|Jerome Washington||TE||Mercer County CC||6-5||260||3||1|
|Scott Patchan||DE||Bradenton IMG Academy||6-5||237||3||22|
|Jahair Jones||OT||Brooklyn ASA College||6-5||310||3||12|
|Mark Walton||RB||Miami Booker T. Washington||5-10||179||4||10|
|Jordan Scarlett||RB||St. Thomas Aquinas||5-11||222||4||12|
|Bar Milo||OT||West Hills Chaminade, Calif.||6-6||270||4||19|
|Tyree St. Louis||OT||Bradenton IMG Academy||6-5||300||4||31|
|Lawrence Cager||WR||Calvert Hall College, Mary.||6-5||195||3||40|
|Charles Perry||LB||Royal Palm Beach, Fla.||6-1||205||3||31|
|Michael Jackson||CB||Birmingham Spain Park, Ala.||6-2||190||3||56|
|Terrell Chatman||WR||Baton Rouge Central, La.||6-3||180||3||69|
|Richard McIntosh||DE||Ft. Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons||6-4||270||3||43|
|Jamie Gordinier||LB||Red Bank Catholic, N.J.||6-4||235||3||42|
|Brendan Loftus||OT||Tallahassee Godby||6-7||270||3||88|
|Hayden Mahoney||OT||Malvern Prep, Penn.||6-5||280||3||94|
|Ryan Fines||DT||Bradenton IMG Academy||6-4||305||3||58|
|Tyler Gauthier||OT||Venice, Fla.||6-5||305||3||112|
|Robert Knowles||S||Miami Edison||6-1||185||3||105|
The Hurricanes aren't home-free on all 19 of these commitments. Although U.S. Army All-American receiver Lawrence Cager said Sunday he's now 100 percent committed to the Canes after his official visit this past weekend, a handful of UM commitments are spending the final recruiting weekend of the year at other schools.
Scarlett is heading to Florida State. Walton is scheduled to go to Louisville after spending this past weekend at West Virginia. St. Louis said he's taking his final visit to Florida and Chatman is giving the Hurricanes one final hard look this weekend. Chatman took visits to TCU and Arizona State and is strongly considering both of those programs before making a final decision. As it stands, UM has just two receiver commitments.