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Previewing Another Important Week of Official Visitors for Miami



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*all stars and rankings mentioned in this article are according to the On3 Sports Industry Ranking

While this weekend’s group of official visitors isn’t quite as star-studded as last weekend’s group, the Miami Hurricanes still have a fantastic opportunity to further recruit some of their top targets in the class of 2024.

Headlining this group is five-star Justin Scott, a physically gifted 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle. Scott is explosive off the line of scrimmage and has the right blend of size, athleticism and bend that allows him to power through or maneuver past offensive linemen. He has the potential to be a day-one contributor at the collegiate level. Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are also in the mix for Scott.

Also visiting from the interior defensive line, IMG (Fla.) Academy’s Jayden Jackson is a bit shorter than Scott at 6-foot-2, but he has good size at 300 pounds and can move laterally very well when engaging with blockers. A three-star recruit, Jackson is being heavily pursued by big-named schools like Ohio State, Florida and Texas, in addition to Miami.

6-foot-4 edge-rusher Elias Rudolph will also be visiting Miami before taking his final official visit in June to Ohio State. He already took his official visit to Michigan, which appears to be the current favorite for Rudolph’s commitment. The Deerfield Beach (Fla.) defender can line up at various techniques and has impressive speed off the edge.

Miami is in good shape for Northport (Ala.) running back Kevin Riley ahead of his official visit this weekend. UM was the third Division I school to offer Riley in October 2022, and the new offensive coaching staff was able to get him on campus for an unofficial visit this April. Riley is an elusive, north-south runner who isn’t afraid of contact. He has featured-back potential in college.

The final visitor came as a relative surprise to many, as German-born offensive lineman Moritz Schmoranzer locked in his official visit this past Tuesday, just a day after receiving an offer from Miami. Schmoranzer has only been playing on the offensive line for around a year and has a great deal of upside if he develops well in college. Because of his background as a wide receiver and outside linebacker, Schmoranzer is very athletic and flexible for his position.

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