With less than four months left until Signing Day, the Miami Hurricanes are putting the finishing touches on one of the nation's best recruiting classes. The Hurricanes are currently ranked fifth nationally in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, and are one spot ahead of Florida State for best the class in the ACC.
Miami picked up its 25th commitment on Aug. 3, when Deerfield Beach-based athlete Brandon Powell gave coach Al Golden his verbal commitment. The 'Canes have been stuck at 25 ever since, with eight recruits rated as four-stars by 247.
Top amongst the future Hurricanes is Palm Beach (Fla.) Central offensive tackle Kc McDermott. The 6'6, 285-lb. McDermott has a four-star grade, and is widely considered one of the top five offensive tackles in the class of 2014. McDermott is also ranked the fifth-best player in the state of Florida by the scouting services. He chose Miami over offers from some of the nation's top programs, including Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
Future linemate Trevor Darling, a 6'5, 327-pound tackle, has also opted for the Hurricanes over offers from Florida State, South Florida and West Virginia. The four-star tackle out of Miami's Central High is ranked 11th nationally at his position and 12th in the state of Florida.
Darling's high school teammate, four-star running back Joseph Yearby, was an early Miami commitment. Yearby, who comes in at 5'9 and 190 pounds, is the consensus sixth-rated running back in the nation and sixth-best player in the state of Florida. He initially committed to Florida State, but quickly changed his mind and joined the Canes.
Pro-style quarterback commit Brad Kaaya is one of just seven Hurricane verbal commitments from outside the state of Florida, and the only from west of the Mississippi. The four-star signal-caller from Chaminade High in West Hills, Calif. had offers from USC and UCLA, and was widely considered a likely Bruins commit before he announced his decision in May.
Defensive tackle Travonte Valentine committed to the Hurricanes in July. The four-star Valentine plays for Champagnat Catholic High in Hialeah, Fla., and is a consensus top-150 recruit. Valentine stands 6'4 and already weights 297 pounds. Florida, FSU, Alabama, Georgia and Clemson offered, among others.
Valentine will be joined on the Miami defensive front by defensive end recruit Chad Thomas. The 6'5, 240-pound Thomas hails from Miami and attends Booker T. Washington High. Thomas is a consensus top-three national recruit at strongside defensive end, and is widely considered one of the top 10 prospects in the state of Florida.
Top two targets
Miami already has an excellent class, and much of its remaining work will be in holding on to its current commitments, but two top targets do stand out above the rest.
- Johnnie Dixon, Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer: Dixon is an excellent player with a blend of speed, strength and playmaking ability. He is also considering Ohio State and Alabama.
- Anthony Moten, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas: Moten is a solid four-star defensive lineman. Moten is a former Florida commitment. He is also considering South Carolina and Florida State.