May 28, 2024

Less than 24 hours before National Signing Day, the Miami Hurricanes currently boast 28 verbal commitments, securing the #7 recruiting class ranking by 247Sports. Mario Cristobal and the Canes are set to welcome another impressive group of recruits, though the final composition of the class remains subject to change.

The significance of this last day cannot be overstated for the Canes. With a focus on potential shifts in favor of or against the Hurricanes, I present four key questions that will likely determine the outcome on National Signing Day.

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1) Where will Jeremiah Smith choose to sign?

Initially leaning towards Ohio State, Smith’s decision is now more uncertain, with Ohio State, Miami, and Florida State vying for his commitment. The absence of a clear No. 1 quarterback for the 2024 season adds complexity to the decision. Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward could play a role in influencing Smith, given his potential impact as a proven signal caller. If Ward does not choose Miami or Florida State, he could still communicate his decision to Smith before making it public.

2) Which commitments will remain with Miami?

Vincent Shavers seems unlikely to join Miami’s recruiting class, favoring Nebraska. Additionally, running back Jordan Lyle’s recent flip to UM complicates the running back situation. Kevin Riley, having visited Alabama, is expected to sign with the Crimson Tide, posing a tough competition for Miami.

3) Can the Miami coaching staff sway recruits to choose the Hurricanes?

Armondo Blount, a Florida State commitment, is likely to sign with the Canes, adding another 5-star defensive line recruit. Defensive back Xavier Lucas, initially recruited less aggressively by Miami, is now a top priority after an official visit. History suggests Miami has a good chance of securing Lucas on or around National Signing Day.

4) Will there be any surprise signees tomorrow?

Considering the current landscape of NIL, the Transfer Portal, and players’ increased willingness to explore options outside their hometowns, the possibility of a recruit not currently in discussions joining Miami cannot be ruled out. Drawing parallels to past surprises, such as Justin Scott and Marquise Lightfoot, there is potential for another unexpected commitment on National Signing Day, adding to Miami’s already strong recruiting class.

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