Big football weekend in Miami with defensive visitors including two 5-stars

Miami’s football schedule will host its largest roster of talent for official visits this month. Three five-star candidates, including two on defense, will visit Coral Gables after previously examining the offensive stars, here’s a look at the defensive candidates officially visiting Miami this weekend.

Lakeland, Fla. cornerback Cormani McClain and St. John’s Prep safety Joenel Agüero in Danvers, Massachusetts are the five-star visitors highlighting the defensive prospects hosting Miami this weekend. McClain is the third-ranked prospect, top CB, and top-rated player in Florida in the Class of 2023.

Aguero is the 34th player in the ranking, the second-place safety and second in Massachusetts according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. Miami’s football program faces an uphill battle to sign either Aguero or McClain. All four crystal balls logged for Aguero in November 2021 assume he will champion Georgia.

McClain is trending toward Florida, with all three crystal balls recorded between September 2021 and May 2022, suggesting he’s committed to the Gators. Aguero has already made official visits to Florida and Georgia earlier this month and is due to travel to Ohio State over the weekend of November 25.

McClain’s official visit to Miami this weekend is the first he will make with a college football program. No further official visits for McClain will be published on 247 Sports or any other major recruitment website On3.Com. Miami currently has no commitment of a defensive back for 2023.

Miami’s football program sits atop four-star Orlando Jones linebacker Malik Bryant. Bryant is also projected as an edge rusher by some recruitment websites. Florida and Maryland also received official visits from Bryant this month. Bryant is ranked 49th best player, 3rd best LB and 13th in Florida for 2023.

No crystal balls currently exist for Bryant. On3 projects Alabama leads the way with a 33.7 percent chance of signing Bryant. Florida is projected to have the second-best chance of engaging Bryant at 27.8 percent, followed by Georgia at 16.4 and Miami at 8.7. Recruitment for Bryant is largely open.

Five-star athlete Collins Acheampong, who is expected to be an edge rusher in college, fascinates at 6’7 and 254 pounds. All five crystal balls logged for Acheampong earlier last week project him to sign for Michigan. Achempong has made official visits to LSU, Michigan and UCLA and is scheduled for Washington.

Four-star edge rusher Jaxon Howard played the defensive line and tight end in high school. Miami will receive Howard’s final official visit ahead of his July 1 signing announcement. Howard made official visits to his hometown of Minnesota as well as to LSU and Michigan this month.

There are no crystal balls that predict who Howard will commit to. The On3 prediction engine lists Minnesota as favorites with a 26.0 percent chance of signing Howard, with Miami second at 22.7 percent, followed by LSU at 15.7 and Michigan at 9.9. Miami emphasizes length with its 2023 edge rushers.

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