It’s a Visit Weekend. It’s Paradise Camp. It’s a BIG WEEKEND in Coral Gables
Welcome to another weekend of Official Visits, recruiting fans! Your Miami Hurricanes are hosting another round of visitors in the pursuit of building the 2022 recruiting class with top end talent.
Not only is this the final official visit weekend of the summer before the next NCAA Quiet Period begins on Monday, but this is also Paradise Camp Weekend as well! So plenty of talent in the 2022 class, as well as future classes, will be on campus in Coral Gables.
With no further ado, let’s look at the list of players taking visits to Miami this weekend.
Greer (SC) 4-star TE Jaleel Skinner. The #1 TE in America, South Carolina native Skinner will be on campus to visit Miami this weekend. Miami is the preeminent school for Tight Ends in America, and Skinner would be a great one to add to the roster. All the big brand teams in the country are chasing after Skinner, so it would take a lot to get him here in the end. But he’s visiting, so it’s time for Miami to shoot their shot.
Omaha (NE) Burke 4-star LB Devon Jackson. One of the most athletic LBs in this class, Jackson has openly stated he will pick between Arizona State — where he visited last weekend — and Miami as his named finalists. Jackson is apparently okay with the situation at Arizona State — where the Sun Devils are under investigation for a variety of potential recruiting violations — so that’s not a negative recruiting target for Miami. Instead, the Canes will need to put their best foot forward to overcome what most believe to be a solid ASU lead for this talented player.
Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips 4-star LB DeMario Tolan. Yet another talented and athletic linebacker, Tolan is a player Miami was thought to lead for but now will have to battle to get. He’s taken 4 OV’s already, so Miami is getting him on campus last. Big spot for Manny Diaz and co. to try and make a move, especially since there are not more OVs for Tolan after this weekend.
Orlando (FL) Lake Nona 4-star DL Zane Durant. A return visitor (Durant visited unofficially earlier this month), Durant is a player who Miami seems to really like. He projects as an interior lineman, and one that seems to be moving up Miami’s board. Hmm.
Miami (FL) Central 3-star OL Daughtry Richardson. A talented OL from a local school, Richardson’s recruitment is shaping up as a Miami-FSU battle at present. We’ll see what kind of move Miami is able to make with him on campus this weekend.
Nashville (TN) Hillsboro 3-star OL Jacob Hood. A massive 6’8” 342lb tackle, Hood definitely fits the prototype for an OT. Miami is still looking to add more big bodies like his — with height and length along the outside of the OL — to the roster, and a solid weekend could put Miami in a good spot here.
A quick look at Miami targets taking visits elsewhere this weekend.
4-star EDGE Nyjalik Kelly – Oregon. Another visit for an elite SoFLA edge rusher.
4-star DL Anthony Lucas – Alabama. I mean, do I need to say anything else?
4-star S Markeith Williams – Ohio State.
4-star OT Andrew Chamblee – Arkansas. A week after a solid visit to Miami, Chamblee goes to visit the school he’s committed to.
4-star CB Trequon Fegans – South Carolina. A new SEC challenger emerges for this talented CB?
4-star CB Chris Graves – South Carolina. Going to visit the school Miami’s DBs coach used to coach at? Bold move.
4-star CB Jacolby Spells – Syracuse.
4-star S JaCorey Thomas – UCF. No comment.
4-star OT Leyton Nelson – UCF. No comment.
3-star DB Jordan Allen – Tennessee.
3-star TE Kaden Helms – North Carolina. Arguably Miami’s most viable target at TE, Helms will visit Mark Brown and Co. this weekend.
Okay. So. Due to the changed NCAA recruiting calendar, and the fact that most top senior prospects are taking official visits while there’s a live period for the first time in 16 months, the list of top end talent in the senior class attending Paradise Camp will not be as loaded as it has been in previous years.
Whereas, once or twice upon a time, the collection of talent at Paradise Camp rivaled or exceeded that of the major brand recruiting events such as Rivals’ 5-star challenge or Nike’s The Opening, Paradise Camp 2021 is more about selected seniors who may be on the radar should Miami need to circle back after missing on other, preferred targets.
The main name to know for the senior class and Paradise Camp is one you’re already plenty familiar with: 5-star DE Shemar Stewart. While he’s not expected to workout at the camp, the elite EDGE from nearby Monsignor Pace will be back on campus for the 4th time this month, a fact that can only be viewed as positive for Miami.
The thing you should focus on with Paradise Camp 2021 is the fact that it will be L-O-A-D-E-D with elite underclassmen who will end up as national recruits in their future recruiting cycles. There will be multiple elite 2023 WRs on hand, names like Jalen Brown, Hykeem Williams, Nathaniel Joseph, and Miami-commit Lamar Seymore. Also, another elite EDGE rusher, Washington-native Jaylen Wayne, will make his way to the Gables for Paradise Camp.
In all, there will be plenty of talent on display at Paradise Camp. And, many of them will be national names to know whose recruitments will have major impacts on the future shape and balance of power in the world of college football. They’re just underclassmen instead current seniors, as has been the case in previous years at this same event.
Another week, another packed slate of visits. AND this year’s installment of Paradise Camp. Lots and lots going on for Miami on the trail.
We end, as always, with our visit weekend standard poll. Be sure you vote!