Chad Simmons

Miami Paradise Camp Recap

UM held its first annual Paradise Camp and I heard it was absolutely terrific for the program. Underclassmen (9-11 grades) worked out Friday night while rising seniors (along with a few hand picked underclassmen) worked out on Saturday night. Several former players were involved including Ray Lewis, Michael Irvin, Phillip Buchanan, Antrel Rolle, Brett Romberg, and Gino Torretta.

The first commitment of the weekend happened Friday when St Thomas Aquinas standout safety Brian Edwards committed to the Canes. The 2017 standout is among the state's most heavily recruited safety prospects.

The second commitment came from Georgia OL Zalon'tae Hillery. At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, the Glynn Academy standout also had offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Tech. He is high school teammates with current DB commit Deejay Dallas.

The third commitment of the weekend came from New Jersey WR Evidence Njoku, who is the younger brother of UM tight end David. Some of his other offers came from Penn State, Georgia, Tennessee, and Boston College. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he's firmly committed to the Canes now.

UM made up ground on some other key prospects who didn't commit. One of them is 5-star DE DJ Johnson from California. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Johnson has offers from just about every major program in America. Miami is now squarely in the mix.

Marquis Hayes came down from Missouri to compete. At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, he's being recruited hard by a lot of major programs and is someone new DL coach Craig Kuligkowski has known for awhile now. Miami is very much in the running now.

Jerry Jeudy is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the state of Florida and he came to the camp having recently named Miami as one of his top six schools. Alabama has been the favorite for awhile now for this 4-star WR prospect and now the Canes have seemingly pulled even.

Several players who have already committed to other major programs were also at the camp. Two big names to watch are FSU commit and Jacksonville Sandalwood standout Bradley Jennings Jr (LB) and OL Alex Leatherwood, an Alabama commitment  from Pensacola.  Both players remain committed to the same schools as before but Miami made up a lot of ground.

In addition to the players mentioned above, most of Miami's local commitments in both the 2017 and 2018 classes were on campus competing.

Stay tuned for more.

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