College football recruiting is a bottom line business.
Every program in the country will chase the most talented players at various positions, but not every program can land their top targets.
This article looks to highlight the ‘must get’ targets on the defensive side of the ball for the Miami Hurricanes in the 2022 cycle.
UM did a nice job of closing on some of their ‘must get’ targets in the 2021 class, landing five-star prospects in defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and defensive back James Williams. Miami ended up signing the No. 11 overall class in the country, according to 247Sports.
Now it is time for Miami to stack talent on the defensive side in this 2022 class.
Miami currently sits at four commitments with the No. 75 overall class in the country.
Coach Manny Diaz has embraced a patient approach with talent acquisition for this 2022 cycle.
“This cycle is going to be unique and different,” Diaz said. “We are still a long, long way from signing day. What the 2022 and 2023 class have gone through makes things different for these cycles with not only recruitments but also evaluations. I do like where we are positioned right now.
“Signing day is a long way away and there is a lot of ball to still be played. I think this 2022 cycle in general is going to be unique with twists and turns.”
Read on for a look at the ‘must get’ recruits Miami is looking to add during this 2022 cycle.
Miami’s best shot at landing a five-star in the 2022 class is with Stewart, who hails from local Monsignor Pace High School. The Hurricanes are in a good spot right now as the 247Sports Crystal Ball leader, but this recruitment will most likely go down to signing day as Stewart will want to see a strong showing from UM during the 2021 season. Miami will also have to work at fending off powers like Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, and Florida.
If the Hurricanes are able to land Stewart, it would undoubtedly be a huge deal. During the 2021 cycle, Miami landed local five-star Leonard Taylor, who was arguably the top defensive tackle in the country, out of Miami Plantation. Landing Stewart means the Hurricanes would likely feature two five-star starters on the defensive line in the future (both being top ten players in the country).
At 6-feet-5 and 260 pounds, Stewart currently projects as a defensive end, but if he continues to fill out his frame, he could kick inside later on in his career.
The Hurricanes really need to boost the overall talent at the linebacker position and a player like Bissainthe would help accomplish that.
Early in the process it looked like Bissainthe would make ahi college decision in the later part of the summer, but he now maintains he will not make his commitment until the early signing period in December.
Miami is in a good spot right now with Florida State, Penn State, and West Virginia also in contention. The SEC schools are looming in the long term with Bissainthe looking to visit Florida at the end of July. Could interest from other SEC schools shake up Bissainthe’s recruitment during the fall? It will be interesting to follow.
As for the skill set Bissainthe brings to the field, he is an athletic linebacker that can move well in space and also has the type of physicality to make his presence felt in run support. He’s exactly the type of linebacker the Hurricanes need to add in this 2022 cycle.
Miami will feature a cornerback rotation of four players that are all entering their third years at the college level. The depth behind that group needs to be replenished with the likelihood of at least two of those four corners moving on after this season pretty strong.
The Hurricanes need to add a strong group of corners that have length and can play the ball. That’s exactly what current commit Khamauri Rogers brings to the field.
Rogers, who hails from the state of Mississippi, committed to the Hurricanes in mid-June during an official visit to UM. Rogers needs to continue to improve his strength and add weight to his frame, but he has the natural over skills and ball skills that the defensive back coaching tandem of DeMarcus Van Dyke and Travaris Robinson covet.
UM needs to land a strong cornerback class as a whole that features three or four players. The first domino to fall at the position was Rogers—and he was a big addition.
The Hurricanes have done an excellent job of recruiting the safety position the past two recruiting cycles with UM landing Top 50 prospect Avantae Williams in 2020 and signing the No. 1 safety in the country in 2021 in five-star James Williams.
Kamari Wilson is the No. 1 safety in the country for this 2022 cycle—and he grew up a fan of UM great Sean Taylor and has a strong relationship with defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson.
Wilson is considered a Georgia lean at this stage with 100 percent of the Crystal Ball projections on the Bulldogs, but the Hurricanes are in the mix as well. Miami will look to hang around in this recruitment and if UM has a strong 2021 season, then they will be in a position to push.
We label these players as ‘must gets’ because of their impressive talent and potential. How many of these talent will Miami be able to land? That remains to be seen, but the Hurricanes are in the top group with all of them.
All of the players listed in this article rank inside the Top 200 in the country, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite.
Four of the five players listed in this article rank inside of the Top 100, with Bissainthe the only player outside of that ranking, checking in at No. 175 overall.
These four players can be difference makers at their various positions—and if Miami is able to land the group as a whole, they can help form a top defense for the Hurricanes in the future.
Who do you think Miami can land of this group? Time for the Hurricanes to close over the next five months.