Mario Cristobal’s longterm transformation of the Miami Hurricanes’ offensive line continued Friday when UM snagged one of many nation’s high 10 facilities within the 2023 class.
Connor Lew, who will play within the All-American Bowl subsequent yr, orally dedicated to Miami in a ceremony at Kennessaw Mountain, his highschool in Kennessaw, Georgia.
Lew talked about his “relationship and connection” with the UM teaching employees as a cause for his choice.
He’s the fifth Class of 2023 offensive lineman to decide to the Hurricanes, and the third with a four- or five-star grade from no less than one of many main recruiting companies.
Miami beat out Clemson, Georgia and Auburn to win one more main nationwide recruiting battle with powerhouse applications from throughout the Southeastern United States.
“I just felt that’s where I needed to go,” Lew mentioned throughout an announcement televised by the Fox affiliate in Atlanta. “I’m going far from home, but just trusting that staff and give it my all. I know they’re going to take care of me down there.”
Although he’s solely a three-star inside lineman within the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2023 recruiting cycle, Lew is a four-star prospect in 247’s personal rankings and thought to be among the finest facilities within the nation with glorious measurement for the place at 6-foot-3 and 280 kilos.
The Hurricanes have now paired two of the most effective heart prospects within the nation; Miami dedication Antonio Tripp, a three-star inside lineman from Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy, can be thought to be one of many nation’s finest on the place.
Last yr, Lew helped anchor the Mustangs on their approach to a 10-win season, serving to their offense common 32 factors per recreation and even including 15 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack and a compelled fumble in restricted snaps as a defensive finish.
He began to rack up high-profile provides after the season ended — together with from Miami, Clemson, Georgia and Auburn — and he took official visits to his high 4 colleges in June.
Although the Hurricanes haven’t not too long ago matched these different three colleges in on-field success, Cristobal’s arrival has modified the notion about Miami within the eyes of linemen, who love the coach’s expertise on the place and his uncommon tactic to leap into drills with offensive linemen throughout observe.
That method helped the Hurricanes land a dedication from five-star Bradenton IMG Academy deal with Francis Mauigoa final week and has made Miami a significant factor within the recruitments of mainly each high-profile offensive lineman within the 2023 class.