If all goes well this weekend, the Miami Hurricanes could potentially block their biggest cornerback engagement in a decade, and frankly, Khamauri Rogers can’t believe it.
“I never thought Miami would be one of the schools I would consider,” said Rogers, who was in Coral Gables for the Hurricanes‘ First Day Out BBQ on June 1 [Travaris Robinson] came, they really blew me away. “
In just over six months, Robinson and cornerbacks coach DeMarcus Van Dyke have helped put Miami firmly in the mix for the elite cornerback from Holmes County’s in Lexington, Mississippi. Rogers put the Hurricanes in his top six in March – along with Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame. And the Hurricanes will be his first official visit this weekend.
Rogers is one of nine players to officially visit Miami this weekend and is the highest rated in the group as # 61 overall in the 247Sports.com Association Ranking for the Class of 2022.
While Rogers has another official visit to Tennessee scheduled for next weekend and one to Ole Miss in July, the Hurricanes are in a position to potentially lock up the four-star cornerback this weekend – even if he doesn’t make a public commitment.
“We just have a good relationship,” Rogers said of Van Dyke. âWe can really talk about anything, and I like our relationship, how we can talk about anything. He’s very energetic and he’s been in my position before so he knows what I’m going through. We always talk about how we’re built the same. … we’re both thin and he’s not worried about my weight. He knows I’ll gain a little more weight when I get to college. “
By the time Rogers finally signs with Miami, he’ll be well on his way to being the Hurricanes’ top-ranked cornerback engagement since Miramar’s Tracy Howard in the 2012 class.
Rogers, who pledged to LSU for more than a year before withdrawing his pledge in late 2020, said he would pledge “likely in July” after a new dead period begins.
The first two weekends of the Hurricanes’ official visits after a long dead time didn’t result in no no-obligation commitments, but some of the top prospects who visited Miami appeared very strongly in the mix.
Aside from Rogers, the following are planned to visit UM this weekend:
âª Wesley Bissainthe: Miami Central’s four-star standout, ranked No. 10 outside linebacker and 88th best overall in the 2022 class by Rivals, is a top priority at UM, but the competition is fierce.
For the first two weekends in June, he visited West Virginia and Penn State. And he granted FSU’s request to reschedule his visit to Tallahassee from June to the season so the Seminoles can try to make one last, lasting impression on him.
He said he didn’t have a favorite. UM has at least a decent chance for a player in a position that needs upgrading.
âª Markeith Williams: Orlando Boone’s four-star safety stands near the top of the Hurricanes board in this position and will be visiting Miami for the second time this month. He also took part in the UM cookout on June 1st.
The 6-foot-1,170-pound defense attorney was on an official visit to the Nebraska Cornhuskers last weekend and is due for an official in the state of Ohio next weekend. Alabama and Florida were also in the top 3, he announced in January; UM and Nebraska weren’t.
Teammate Leyton Nelson also made an official visit to the Hurricanes last weekend and is one of Miami’s top targets on the offensive tackle. Ishmael Aristide, a Boone alumnus, the external linebacker trainer, leads Miami’s recruiting for Williams.
âª Keahnist Thompson: The three-star Lakeland defensive lineman is a late addition to the Hurricanes’ official visit list, telling 247Sports on Wednesday that he would like to head to South Florida this weekend.
The 6-foot-3, Â£ 255 defensive end had an official visit to UCF last weekend and will be reuniting with the Texas Longhorns next weekend. This recruitment is pretty open as the visits to Miami and Texas are scheduled for this week right now.
âª Landon Ibieta: The three-star receiver from Mandeville, Louisiana is one of the more under-the-radar prospects, and UM’s interest is a bit unclear.
The 6 foot receiver is smart, smart, and a skilled route runner, but doesn’t have many great offerings; Virginia, UM and Wake Forest were its only Power 5 offerings in early May.
Rivals’ Sam Spiegelman said the following about Ibieta after impressing at an LSU warehouse earlier this month:
âIbieta continued to impress, as he did throughout the off-season, and caught the attention of everyone with a glowing afternoon session. He’s smooth in and out of his breaks, with reliable hands and the ability to stretch the field from the slot. Ibieta is fast and fast and offers big play potential. “
âTulane and Louisiana Tech are two state schools in a strong position with Ibieta and LSU is still evaluating. Ibieta will visit Miami and Wake Forest for official visits and will also camp in Mississippi State and Ole Miss. “
âª Andrew Chamblee: The Arkansas three star offensive tackle is an Arkansas commitment, but told Canesport that he is visiting UM because âit’s a great place, a great environment. And I like the coaching team very much. I talked to trainer [Garin] Justice. He’s been recruiting me for a while and said I would be a great fit for Miami as a long, athletic tackle.
He visited the state of Oklahoma earlier this month and plans to visit Michigan and Mississippi later this month.
âª Ja’Corey Thomas: Boone High’s four-star security has a full June schedule with visits to UM, Iowa State, Nebraska, and FSU, as well as an unofficial visit to UCF.
The canes would use him as a striker. He also attended the June 1st UM barbecue.
Per Rivals, Thomas told UF safety trainer (and former UM defensive backs trainer) Wesley McGriff: âI will play everything. I’ll shed a few pounds and play a corner; I’ll drop game pounds and play linebackers; I’ll play everything on the field. ”
FSU could be the team to beat here.
âª Anthony Lucas: The four-star defender from Scottsdale, Arizona, grew up a canes fanatic and lived in Miami until he was 11 Canesport. He still has family in Fort Lauderdale.
It is ranked the twelfth best class of the 2022 final defensive target by Rivals and the 149th best viewpoint overall.
He has visited Notre Dame and Oregon and plans to visit FSU, LSU and Alabama.
âª Nick Cull: The four-star athlete from Donalsonville, Georgia can play both safety and cornerback. He visited UF, Alabama, and Mississippi, and will be visiting South Carolina in the week following his visit to Miami. Rivals calls Alabama the front runner.
Linebacker Tyler Johnson and running back Cody Brown signed up this week, UM said. This means that the entire 2021 recruiting class of Canes is now enrolled.