Saturday, July 29th was a big day for the University of Miami Hurricanes Football Team. The Canes held their Paradise Camp for the third year in a row. With over 200 possible future UM players in attendance, it gave both the recruiting staff and the recruits a chance to see how they felt about one another.
Class of 2020 Recruits
Although the Class of 2019 holds the upcoming senior class, the Canes did well with new commits for the Class of 2020. During Paradise Camp, three recruits from the ’20 class verbally committed. Therefore, the UM Canes now have 10 recruits solely from the Class of 2020. The three new recruits are all incoming juniors from South Dade HS in Homestead, Florida. Jaiden Francois, Keshawn Washington, and Jonathan Denis all committed while at Paradise Camp. Last year, South Dade finished their season 10-2-1 with the help of these three athletes.
I got a chance to ask South Dade junior Keshawn Washington about his recent commitment.
“There’s nothing like being home. I love it. I made a great decision by committing to UM during the Camp. I’ve learned a lot, so I know I will be a great fit.”
Washington’s positive, enthusiastic attitude shows his love for the game. Going into this junior season, Washington is looking to improve on his game even further by tallying more interceptions and tackles.
So far, the University of Miami is killing the competition with this recruiting class. According to 247Sports, The UM Hurricanes rank first in the nation for recruiting ’20 players. With 10 current verbal commits, 8 of these players rank as 4-star athletes. The other 2 are 3-star, which makes for an outstandingly strong recruiting class. In a couple of years, these new and upcoming recruits could be key to clenching wins for the Hurricanes. The ACC is only getting tougher, so this class could be a huge turning point for Hurricanes football.
Class of 2019 Recruits
Unfortunately, the Class of 2019 is not as strong as the Class of 2020. Overall, the UM Hurricanes recruits for 2019 rank 19th by 247Sports. In the ACC, 247Sports ranks UM Hurricanes 3rd overall for 2019, meaning that the Canes could definitely put some big numbers up next year, too. It will be interesting to see how the Canes utilize these current seniors when next year’s season rolls around.
Currently, University of Miami needs to recruit a few more highly-ranked players into their 2019 recruiting class. Out of 17 recruits, UM has 6 4-star athletes, while the other 11 athletes have a 3-star ranking. Getting a few more 4-star athletes or even one big 5-star athlete could undoubtedly change up the Canes’ roster.