The Miami Hurricanes’ unbelievable run of commitments hit a brand new excessive level Monday.
Francis Mauigoa, one of the best deal with prospect within the nation, is headed to Miami.
The five-star deal with from Bradenton IMG Academy orally committed to the Hurricanes dwell on CBS Sports HQ. He picked Miami over the Florida Gators, Alabama Crimson Tide, Tennessee Volunteers, Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans, turning into the fifth blue-chip recruit to decide to the Hurricanes’ Class of 2023 in 9 days.
Jaden Rashada, an elite quarterback from Pittsburg in California, kicked off the run by committing final weekend and — till Monday — Miami hadn’t topped it, even when it adopted it up with a run of commitments from four-star Edison huge receiver Nathaniel Joseph, four-star Eau Gallie athlete Robert Stafford and four-star IMG Academy tight finish Riley Williams.
Mauigoa, nonetheless, is an explosive addition, befitting Independence Day. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman is the No. 9 overall player, the No. 3 prospect in Florida and the No. 1 deal with recruit within the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2023 class. He was an All-American final 12 months, in line with MaxPreps, and plans to take part within the Under Armour All-America Game within the winter.
Mauigoa is initially from American Samoa, the place he helped lead Tafuna to an American Samoan championship in 2020. He additionally performed his freshman season at Aquinas in San Bernardino, California, earlier than he ultimately transferred to IMG for his junior 12 months. Last season, he performed proper deal with and may swing over to the left aspect this 12 months after Tyler Booker, an elite deal with within the Class of 2022, graduated.
Since Henderson, the Hurricanes haven’t signed a single five-star offensive lineman and have solely even added three top-100 prospects on the place. Mauigoa will have the ability to signal his nationwide letter of intent as early as December, through the three-day early signing interval.
This, greater than every other unbelievable recruiting feat Mario Cristobal has pulled off thus far, is the promise of the brand new coach. Cristobal was a nationwide championship-winning deal with at Miami, and an completed offensive line coach at Alabama and Oregon earlier than he grew to become the Ducks’ coach. As quickly because the Hurricanes plucked him away from Oregon late final 12 months, Cristobal began speaking about rebuilding the trenches at Miami, each by way of growth and recruiting, and Mauigoa is the form of prospect he can solely land due to his observe file at placing linemen into the primary spherical of the NFL Draft.
Most not too long ago, former Ducks deal with Penei Sewell, additionally initially from American Samoa, went seventh general to the Detroit Lions within the first spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Mauigoa listed the Hurricanes amongst his finalists close to the beginning of June, then spent all of final month utilizing all 5 of his official visits as he tried to hurry towards a summer time dedication. Although Tennessee hosted Mauigoa for his last official go to final weekend, Miami left a powerful sufficient impression when it introduced him to Coral Gables earlier the identical week to win this main nationwide recruiting battle.
In the final 10 days, Miami has vaulted greater than 30 spots within the nationwide recruiting rankings, from exterior the highest 40 previous to Rashada’s dedication to No. 8 now. Mauigoa is the primary blue-chip lineman to hitch the Hurricanes’ 2023 recruiting class and the third general, together with LaSalle deal with Frankie Tinilau and inside lineman Antonio Tripp from Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy.
David Wilson, a Maryland native, is the Miami Herald’s utility man for sports activities protection.