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Carroll grad/Sinclair freshman Amanda Schroeder player of week again

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

            Sinclair CC freshman women’s basketball player Amanda Schroeder (Carroll H.S. grad).
Sinclair CC freshman women’s basketball player Amanda Schroeder (Carroll H.S. grad).

Former Carroll High School and Sinclair Community College freshman Amanda Schroeder has been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for the second straight week.

A 6-foot forward, Schroeder averaged 32.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in defeats of Hocking College and Columbus State. She’s the leading scorer (26.2) for Sinclair and the second-leading rebounder (7.2).

Schroeder was the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed’s overall leading scorer (18.9) as a Carroll senior last season and second in rebounds (9.4). The Patriots (23-5) were the North Division runner-up to three-time Division II state champion Alter.

Also on the Pride are sophomores Nia Martin (Trotwood-Madison), Madison Connally-Banks (Fairmont) and Aaryn Evans (Thurgood Marshall), and freshmen Alyssa Bowman (Stebbins), Keeara Nared (Thurgood) and Myalisa Beal (Dunbar).

Sinclair (7-2, 3-0). is averaging 109.0 points. The Pride will host the Cedarville JV at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Building 8 Arena.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/19/2018)

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 predictions are coming in as the NFL Playoffs are ready for the two conference championship games. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

1 Cleveland Browns Josh Allen Wyoming QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Bradley Chubb NC State DE
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Sam Darnold USC QB
6 New York Jets Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
12 Cincinnati Bengals Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
13 Washington Redskins Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
14 Green Bay Packers Marcus Davenport USA DE
15 Arizona Cardinals Josh Jackson Iowa CB
16 Baltimore Ravens Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
17 Los Angeles Chargers Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Derwin James Florida State S
19 Dallas Cowboys Vita Vea Washington DT
20 Detroit Lions Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE
21 Buffalo Bills Mike Hughes UCF CB
22 Buffalo Bills Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
23 Los Angeles Rams Carlton Davis Auburn CB
24 Carolina Panthers Billy Price Ohio State C/G
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry Boston College OLB
26 Atlanta Falcons Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
27 New Orleans Saints Courtland Suttin SMU WR DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans Alabama ILB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller UCLA OT
31 Minnesota Vikings Connor Williams Texas OT
32 New England Patriots Rasheem Green USC DE

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers





Clemson recruiting: Latest updates on the Tigers’ next class

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

Where Clemson’s Class of 2018 ranks

Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class ranks second in the ACC and ninth in the nation in the 247Sports composite. The Tigers have 15 commitments — all signed — headlined by four of the top 15 recruits in the country in Trevor Lawrence, Xavier Thomas, KJ Henry and Jackson Carman. The Tigers have six top-100 recruits per the 247Sports composite rankings.

Latest news

Offers by the numbers

Reported offers: 111
5-star offers: 15
4-star offers: 70
In-state recruits offered: 11
Georgia recruits offered: 20
Florida recruits offered: 25

Signees: 15

  • 5-star QB Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville (Ga.)
  • 5-star SDE Xavier Thomas, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • 5-star WDE KJ Henry, West Forsyth (Clemmons, N.C.)
  • 5-star T Jackson Carman, Fairfield (Ohio)
  • 4-star RB Lyn-J Dixon, Taylor County (Butler, Ga.)
  • 4-star WR Derion Kendrick, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)
  • 4-star CB Kyler McMichael, Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.)
  • 4-star DT Josh Belk, Lewisville (Richburg, S.C.)
  • 4-star WDE Justin Mascoll, South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)
  • 4-star OLB Mike Jones Jr., IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • 3-star OL Jordan McFadden, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)
  • 3-star DT Darnell Jefferies, Newton (Covington, Ga.)
  • 3-star OLB Jake Venables, Daniel (Central, S.C.)
  • 3-star TE Braden Galloway, Seneca (S.C.)
  • 3-star K BT Potter, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Top uncommitted targets

  • 4-star OL Richard Gouraige, Cambridge Christian (Tampa, Fla.): Clemson finally got Gouraige on campus for a visit, but it remains to be seen how involved the Tigers will be in these last few frantic weeks. Auburn remains a top player, as does Florida.
  • 4-star WR Justyn Ross, Central (Phenix City, Ala.): Ross will hold off on making a decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 7. It’s down to Clemson, Alabama and Auburn for the top prospect in Alabama. His mom loves Clemson, while his grandmother wants him to stay in-state. Ross’ recruiter at Alabama was Derrick Ansley, who has joined Jon Gruden’s staff on the Oakland Raiders.
  • 4-star S Leon O’Neal, Cy Springs (Cypress, Tex.): Safeties coach Mickey Conn swung by O’Neal’s house for a visit this week, and the safety will make an official visit to Clemson during the weekend. The Tigers are still fighting Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Georgia for his services.

Position breakdown

Where each of Clemson’s commits line up on the field, and how many I think they’re still looking to take at each position.
QB: (1/1) Lawrence
RB: (1/1) Dixon
WR: (1/2) Kendrick
TE: (1/1) Galloway
OL: (2/3) Carman, McFadden
DL: (5/5) Thomas, Henry, Mascoll, Belk, Jefferies
LB: (2/2) Jones Jr., Venables
DB: (1/2) McMichael
K: (1/1) Potter

Geographical breakdown

Where Clemson’s commits are from, by state:

  • South Carolina: 6 (Kendrick, Belk, Venables, Galloway, Potter, McFadden)
  • Georgia: 5 (Lawrence, Dixon, McMichael, Mascoll, Jefferies)
  • Florida: 2 (Thomas, Jones Jr.)
  • Ohio: 1 (Carman)
  • North Carolina: 1 (Henry)

Ohio State recruiting: Find out who’s coming to campus this weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

Buckeyes set to host three official visitors

Jan. 19 is Ohio State’s first major official visitor weekend following December’s early signing period and it’s shaping up to be one of the most critical recruiting weekends of the year for the Buckeyes. Ohio State already has an established group with 22 signees in the 2018 recruiting class, holding down the country’s second-ranked recruiting class, but that doesn’t mean it is  finished with adding more blue-chip talent to the roster.

This weekend, Ohio State will host three of its most important remaining recruiting targets on campus for official visits. The group is headlined by Maryland offensive tackle Rasheed Walker, a 4-star and top 100 player in the country on the 247Sports composite rankings, who will arrive on campus on Saturday.

Walker also took official visits to Penn State (Dec. 8) and Virginia Tech (Dec. 15), but Ohio State will be his final official visit before announcing a commitment on National Signing Day, Feb. 7. Whenever Walker announces his commitment, he’ll choose between Penn State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been chasing Penn State in this recruitment for several months and this weekend’s trip offers Ohio State its first major chance to close the gap on its divisional rival.

Offensive tackle is one of the few positions where Ohio State is still actively in pursuit of a player to fill a need. The Buckeyes will take at least one, possibly two, more offensive linemen in this recruiting class and the 6-foot-6, 300-pound prospect would certainly fit the bill for Greg Studrawa and Co. Walker is ranked as the nation’s No. 60 overall player in the 247Sports composite and the sixth-best offensive tackle in America.

Meanwhile, in its recruiting efforts on the other side of the line, Ohio State will host New Jersey defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste. The 6-5, 215-pound edge rusher out of Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, one of the most prominent private school athletic powerhouses in the country. This trip to Columbus will be Jean-Baptiste’s fourth, and quite possibly final, official visit of the recruiting process. He also took visits to Boston College (Dec. 9), Virginia Tech (Dec. 15) and Nebraska (Jan. 12), and has landed recent offers from Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

Ohio State is considered the favorite for Jean-Baptiste going into his official visit and the Buckeyes have shown real interest in the New Jersey native since offering on Jan. 9. Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s in-home visit to Bergen Catholic and Jean-Baptiste’s home on Jan. 12 went very well, as did defensive coordinator  Greg Schiano’s in-home visit on Jan. 16. Should Jean-Baptiste’s trip to Columbus go just as well, it would be surprising to see the defensive end play football elsewhere. Nebraska will likely finish as the top runner-up in this recruitment, but there’s a strong aura of confidence around Ohio State right now.

Finally, the Buckeyes will host a third visitor who’s featured less prominently in recent Ohio State recruiting plans than the other two players coming to campus. Rockledge (Fla.) wide receiver Antoine Green has scheduled an official visit to Ohio State for the weekend shortly after receiving a school visit from Ohio State wide receivers coach and Florida recruiting ace Zach Smith.

Green is a 6-2, 195-pound prospect and a former Florida State commit who should have one of the more interesting recruiting finishes in the country down the stretch. Green de-committed from Florida State shortly after coach Jimbo Fisher announced his planned departure for Texas A&M, ending a commitment that had been in place since July 4, 2017. However, Green’s flirtations with Florida State never ended after the de-commitment. He took an official visit to Florida State on Dec. 15, followed it up with a trip to North Carolina on Jan. 12, and has planned trips to Ohio State (Jan. 19), Ole Miss (Jan. 26), and Tennessee (Feb. 2).

It’s not clear if Ohio State will even take another wide receiver in this class, but Green may be the betting favorite to become that player should the Buckeyes choose to add another pass catcher. With Chris Olave seemingly becoming more likely to play at UCLA and stay closer to home, this visit from Green could have interesting implications as the recruiting class races toward a finish. Ultimately, when a recruitment comes together this late in the game for Ohio State, it bears watching in the Urban Meyer era. This weekend’s visit will tell much of the story between Green and Ohio State.

Miami recruiting: Latest updates on Hurricanes’ next class

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

The 2018 Miami recruiting class sits at 20 commitments with just a couple of weeks until National Signing Day on Feb. 7. The Hurricanes’ most recent commit in the class is Jarren Williams, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) High School, who announced his pledge in December. All but one member of the class signed national letters of intent during the early signing period.

It’s possible Miami’s class won’t wind up much larger. The Hurricanes had 13 seniors on the 2017 roster, so there’s not much room for the Class of 2018 to expand without attrition.

Here’s a glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:

Where Miami’s class ranks

The Hurricanes’ 2018 class is ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC by the 247Sports composite. One of the signees is a 5-star recruit and 13 signees/commits are 4-star prospects. Miami’s number of 4-star commits is fifth most in the country.

Latest news

Defensive line is the priority for the Hurricanes as they inch closer to National Signing Day. Miami hosted 4-star weakside defensive end Andrew Chatfield and 4-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs for official visits last weekend, and have 4-star defensive tackle Keondre Coburn heading to campus this weekend. The Hurricanes also lined up an official visit for 3-star defensive tackle Jamarcus Chatman. The next objective will be pushing for 5-star cornerbacks Tyson Campbell and Patrick Surtain Jr. Surtain, at least, is beginning to show serious interest. The defensive back was on campus Monday for a Miami basketball game at the Watsco Center.

In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest Hurricanes recruiting headlines:

Chatman, Coburn line up official visits

Miami continues to push hard for Briggs

Coburn locks in Hurricanes visit for this weekend

Campbell, Surtain become next priorities for Miami

Hurricanes secure 2019 guard Kingsley Eguakun with early interest

Top-ranked 2019 guard Kardell Thomas plans to visit Miami

Sophomore defensive end Tre’Von Riggins honors grandmother with commitment

Hurricanes keep up momentum in Class of 2020

Top-100 2020 defensive end Samuel Anaele commits to Miami

Tackle Jalen Goss picks Florida State over Hurricanes

Briggs names Miami leader after official visit

Hurricanes land 3rd offensive lineman in Class of 2019

All-American wide receiver Mark Pope optimistic about early enrollment

Eguakun commits to Miami

Chatfield makes surprise official visit to Hurricanes

Miami works on official visit with Chatman

Hurricanes host Briggs for official visit

Offers by the numbers

Reported offers: 187

5-star offers: 19

4-star offers: 105

In-state recruits offered: 72

Georgia recruits offered: 26

Texas recruits offered: 15

Louisiana recruits offered: 8


  • RB Lorenzo Lingard, 5 stars, University (Orange City, Fla.)
  • TE Brevin Jordan, 4 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
  • WR Mark Pope, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
  • CB Al Blades Jr., 4 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • QB Jarren Williams 4 stars, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
  • *DT Nesta Silvera, 4 stars, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
  • S Gurvan Hall, 4 stars, Palm Beach Gardens Community (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
  • WR Brian Hightower, 4 stars, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • RB Cam’Ron Davis, 4 stars, Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
  • G Delone Scaife, 4 stars, Miami Southridge
  • CB Gilbert Frierson, 4 stars, Coral Gables Senior (Coral Gables, Fla.)
  • TE Will Mallory, 4 stars, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • G Cleveland Reed, 4 stars, Fort Meade Middle-Senior (Fort Meade, Fla.)
  • CB D.J. Ivey, 4 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
  • WR Daquris Wiggins, 3 stars, Miami Southridge
  • DE Gregory Rousseau, 3 stars, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)
  • OT John Campbell, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)
  • DE Patrick Joyner, 3 stars, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.)
  • FB Realus George, 3 stars, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
  • K Bubba Baxa, 3 stars, Pasadena Memorial (Pasadena, Texas)

*Committed but not yet signed

5 top uncommitted targets

5-star CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Tyson Campbell is the Hurricanes’ best chance left to make a blue-chip splash in the Class of 2018. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback played for Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph when Rumph was the coach at American Heritage. Silvera, one of Campbell’s teammates, has shut down his recruitment to lock in with the Hurricanes.

Campbell is the nation’s No. 2 cornerback in the 247Sports composite rankings. Forty percent of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions point toward Miami. The senior was at Hard Rock Stadium to see the Hurricanes pound Notre Dame on Nov. 11 and still plans to officially visit before National Signing Day. The defensive back visited Georgia last weekend and will visit Alabama this weekend.

4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Andrew Chatfield waited a long time to get his Miami offer and now he’s at the top of the list for defensive end targets in the class. Even before the Hurricanes offered Chatfield last month, the 6-3, 220-pound edge rusher was a staple on the sideline in Miami Gardens.

The former Ohio State commit once looked like a Florida lean, although he was always waiting to see if his hometown team would offer. Landing the defensive end would further solidify the Hurricanes’ growing pipeline from one of the nation’s best high school teams. The senior officially visited last weekend and is heading to Florida State this weekend. He took an official visit to Oklahoma in November, too.

4-star DT Dennis Briggs, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.)

Miami will take at least two more defensive linemen in this class. Defensive end is one spot of need, but so is defensive tackle — and preferably a tackle who can slide out to end. Dennis Briggs, who also plays defensive end, is the Hurricanes’ priority now.

The 6-4, 250-pound senior put out a top-4 list on Christmas. Miami will have to beat out the Seminoles, Louisville and South Carolina to earn his services. Florida State probably is the Hurricanes’ toughest competitor. Briggs liked Florida State before coach Jimbo Fisher’s departure and also visited Oregon when coach Willie Taggart, who replaced Fisher with the Seminoles, was coaching the Ducks. He visited Miami last weekend and is on his way to Columbia, S.C., this weekend. A visit to Tallahassee, Fla., is lined up for the weekend of Jan. 26.

5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage

The nation’s top cornerback, Patrick Surtain Jr., didn’t include the Hurricanes in his top 6, but that isn’t stopping Miami from pushing for him. The son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain took an unofficial visit to watch the game against the Fighting Irish. The elder Surtain was also in attendance a week earlier against then-No. 13 Virginia Tech. Surtain Jr. then returned to campus Monday for the No. 25 Hurricane’s 83-75 basketball loss against No. 5 Duke.

Pulling in the 6-2, 187-pound defensive back would be a massive coup, and the Hurricanes are fighting an uphill battle. The senior named LSU the favorite, then visited the Tigers last weekend. He’s visiting the Crimson Tide this coming weekend and an official visit to Miami could be on the horizon.

5-star OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

The Hurricanes are a long shot for the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle. Miami needs another tackle in this class, and Nicholas Petit-Frere is the best one available in Florida.

At 6-6 and 272 pounds, Petit-Frere has a loaded list of suitors including Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan. At this point, it seems the Hurricanes won’t receive an official visit. He’s heading to Alabama this weekend, then will go to Gainesville, Fla., and Columbus, Ohio, before National Signing Day. He already officially visited the Fighting Irish and Michigan.

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:

  • QB: 1/1 (Williams)
  • RB: 2/2 (Lingard, Davis)
  • FB: 1/1 (George)
  • TE: 2/2 (Jordan, Mallory)
  • WR: 3/4 (Pope, Hightower, Wiggins)
  • OL: 3/4 (Scaife, Reed, Campbell)
  • DL: 3/4 (Silvera, Rousseau, Joyner)
  • ILB: 0/0
  • OLB: 0/1
  • CB: 3/5 (Blades, Frierson, Ivey)
  • S: 1/1 (Hall)
  • K: 1/1 (Baxa)
  • P: 0/0

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Miami’s commits by state:

  • Florida: 16 (Lingard, Blades, Pope, Hall, Davis, Silvera, Hightower, Scaife, Frierson, Mallory, Reed, Ivey, Wiggins, Rousseau, Campbell, Joyner)
  • Nevada: 1 (Jordan)
  • Georgia: 2 (Williams, George)
  • Texas: 1 (Baxa)