The Miami Hurricanes’ unbelievable week of recruiting continues to be going.
Riley Williams, an elite tight finish at Bradenton IMG Academy, orally committed to Miami on Friday on 247Sports’ YouTube web page. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound athlete is the fourth blue-chip prospect to decide to the Hurricanes’ Class of 2023 within the final six days and may not be the final this weekend.
Miami can also be a finalist for four-star edge rusher Jaxon Howard, who can also be set to make a dedication Friday, and a finalist for five-star IMG Academy sort out Francis Mauigoa forward of his Monday determination.
Four-star athlete Collins Acheampong was additionally initially slated to make a dedication Friday, however determined to carry off on a call.
Williams, who’s the No. 77 overall prospect and No. 4 tight end within the 247 composite rankings for the 2023 recruiting class, made the transfer to IMG final week after beforehand starring at Portland’s Central Catholic. Last yr, the four-star athlete caught 36 passes for 890 yards — each led the crew — to assist the Rams go undefeated and win a state championship. He caught 4 passes for 140 yards and a landing within the Class 6A title recreation.
Williams was a first-team all-state choice final yr and the No. 1 prospect in Oregon earlier than he determined to return to Florida for his senior season. He’s now the second highest ranked participant within the Hurricanes’ 2023 class, behind solely elite quarterback Jaden Rashada, who dedicated to Miami on Sunday.
Edison huge receiver Nathaniel Joseph and Melbourne Eau Gallie athlete have been the Hurricanes’ different two four-star additions this week.
Miami successfully gained this recruiting battle final month when it hosted Williams for an official go to. After he wrapped up his journey to Coral Gables, Williams canceled a beforehand deliberate official go to with the Oregon Ducks and set Friday as a dedication date, naming a prime three of the Hurricanes, Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes.
Miami beat out the perennial juggernauts largely due to coach Mario Cristobal’s long-standing relationship with Williams, courting again to when Cristobal was the coach at Oregon and labored onerous to attempt to maintain the receiver within the state. Even although three-star tight ends Jackson Carver and Reid Mikeska each dedicated to them final month, the Hurricanes stored recruiting Williams and now have an unusually massive three-man class at tight finish.
Carver and Mikeska, nonetheless, are each one thing of tasks — the receivers, additionally each 6-6, had by no means performed highschool soccer earlier than final yr — and Williams offers Miami a extra college-ready possibility. The Hurricanes may maintain all three, redshirt Carver and Mikeska, and never recruit any tight ends within the Class of 2024, basically viewing this haul as overlaying two lessons.
Williams’ determination to hitch the Ascenders may have promising implications for Miami, too. At IMG, Williams will crew up with Mauigoa and five-star edge rusher Jayden Wayne, each of whom are prime targets for Miami within the 2023 recruiting cycle.
David Wilson, a Maryland native, is the Miami Herald’s utility man for sports activities protection.