Early last week, Keith Nieburh of 247Sports reported that Kevin Toliver, the No. 3 overall player and No. 1 cornerback in the class of 2015, would take an official visit to Auburn (subscription required) despite his longstanding commitment to LSU.
On Monday, Toliver confirmed that Auburn wasn't the only other school on his radar, tweeting that he will visit Miami on Friday:
Visiting Miami friday😬— Kevin Toliver (@Toliver_Era) March 3, 2014
Toliver fits the new breed of big, physical, uber-athletic cornerbacks like Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. He is 6'2'' and fluid in his movement, projecting as a guy who can be trusted on an island in coverage.
In his junior season of 2013, Toliver played quarterback, running back and cornerback and led his school, Trinity Christian, to the Florida state title. His teammate Jeffery Holland, an outside linebacker, is also a 5-star prospect and the No. 32 overall player on the 247Sports composite rankings.
As he is from Jacksonville, Miami has the in-state advantage with Toliver in name and name only. According to Google Maps, 359 miles separate Coral Gables and Trinity Christian—more than the distance between TCA and Auburn but less than the distance between TCA and LSU.
Coming off a successful recruiting cycle in 2013-14, Al Golden has yet to make a big dent on the class of 2015. Miami currently ranks No. 20 on the 247Sports team rankings with five 3-star commitments.
The highest-rated is athlete Charles Perry, who could play both linebacker and running back in college and is actually rated a 4-star recruit on the 247Sports subjective (non-composite) rankings.
Landing Toliver would, obviously, be a huge coup for Miami. He would immediately become the biggest recruit of the Golden era and perhaps one of the biggest in the history of the program.
That is a loaded sentence, but given the context around it—the relative struggles, the NCAA sanctions—Toliver's signing would be unspeakably important to the Hurricanes.
Not that they should get too excited about his visit. According to B/R's Tyler Donohue, Toliver is still expected to attend LSU's spring game and still has so many other options outside of Miami.
This is good news for the 'Canes, no doubt, but it should not be blown out of proportion.