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Miami Football Recruiting: 7 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

David KenyonFeatured Columnist IVOctober 27, 2016

Miami Football Recruiting: 7 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

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    Credit: 247Sports

    The 2014 edition of Nike's The Opening will take place July 7-10 in Beaverton, Oregon at the mega-brand's top-notch facility, and more than a handful of potential Miami Hurricanes will be present.

    Highlighted by a pair of commits, the 'Canes are recruiting at least 10 prospects who were invited to The Opening, and eight players are top targets.

    Last year at the camp, Chad Thomas began his ascent to claiming the prestigious fifth star, and many athletes will be looking to match the defensive end's successes.

    Each slide focuses on a player's commitment status, analysis of his preceding camp and how he received an invite to The Opening.

Jordan Cronkrite, 4-Star RB

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    Credit: 247Sports

    High School/Hometown: Westminster Christian (Miami, Florida)

    Height/Weight: 5'11", 196 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

    How He Got Here: A participant at the Miami Nike Football Training Camps, running back Jordan Cronkrite performed well enough to earn an invite to Beaverton.

    Since 2011, Cronkrite has racked up 2,229 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground, adding 44 receptions, 706 yards and eight scores.

    The 4-star is a key part of the Miami class, especially after factoring in his additional value. Cronkrite has said he will continually recruit fellow prospects to the program, such as Tim Irvin and Jaquan Johnson.

    All nine of Cronkrite's competitors at The Opening are ranked above him, including a fellow Miami commitment.

Dexter Williams, 4-Star RB

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    High School/Hometown: West Orange (Winter Garden, Florida)

    Height/Weight: 6'0", 192 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

    How He Got Here: Dexter Williams excelled at the Orlando NFTC to earn his spot at The Opening. According to Student Sports, he posted the highest SPARQ rating at the camp.

    Last year, the Orlando-area standout tallied 1,071 yards and six touchdowns, which is noticeably lower than the nation's other top running backs.

    However, previous stats will obviously not have any effect on the upcoming showcase, and Williams will look to back up his elite SPARQ against the country's best.

    Ohio State and Louisville are aggressively pursuing, and Williams is listening, so he is considered a soft commitment at this point.

Calvin Ridley, 4-Star WR

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    High School/Hometown: Monarch (Pompano Beach, Florida)

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 170 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    How He Got Here: Nicknamed "Showtime," Calvin Ridley definitely showed out at the Miami NFTC en route to the Nike honor.

    Then again, he's been a menace on the field for the last year. In 2013, Ridley caught 41 passes for 1,131 yards and 12 touchdowns, an explosive average of 27.6 yards per catch.

    Standing a slender 170 pounds, Ridley needs to add weight before his senior season, let alone his collegiate days.

    At The Opening, though, lining up alongside George Campbell, Deon Cain, Da'Vante Phillips and a host of other top receivers will help push Ridley toward the fifth star.

Tevon Coney, 3-Star ILB

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    High School/Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 225 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    How He Got Here: Tevon Coney was named the MVP at linebacker during the Miami NFTC, and that shouldn't come as a surprise. As a junior, he showed elite ability by amassing a ridiculous 172 tackles, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles.

    Coney recently tweeted out his top 10 schoolswhich he says are in no order—and the 'Canes made the cut.

    The linebacker is virtually a lock to earn his fourth star in the composite rankings, though 247Sports itself already has him listed with that recognition.

    Of course, Coney will be challenged by eight higher-ranked players in Oregon, providing an excellent opportunity for the 3-star to prove himself.

Ben Humphreys, 4-Star OLB

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    High School/Hometown: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 210 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    How He Got Here: A lesser-discussed linebacker in the Miami realm, Ben Humphreys shone at the Los Angeles NFTC and was MVP of his positional unit. According to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required), Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya watched him at that camp, talked to the 4-star and mentioned Humphreys to the Miami coaching staff.

    Two months later, Adelson noted the outside 'backer said location is not a factor. Considering he lives on the other side of the country, that is a major plus for Miami. 

    Humphreys managed 38 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a junior, so he clearly has room to improve. Per Adelson, he likes "to see how I measure up against guys who might be just as big and fast as I am. It's pretty cool finding out at these camps if I'm as good as I should be."

    Competing at The Opening is the perfect place to gauge Humphreys' progression and if he is worthy of his billing.

Tyrek Cole, 4-Star CB

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    High School/Hometown: Miramar (Hollywood, Florida)

    Height/Weight: 5'11.5", 170 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State

    How He Got Here: A longtime high-priority target by the Hurricanes' coaching staff, Tyrek Cole earned MVP honors for the defensive backfield at the Miami NFTC.

    During his time at Miramar, Cole has accounted for 74 tackles, four interceptions and 32 pass breakups.

    Florida State, Alabama and West Virginia are the main competitors for Cole's signature on signing day, and Miami will be in contact with the corner until February.

    Though committed to FSU, his recruitment is similar to Williams in that they are still listening to other programs.

Jaquan Johnson, 4-Star S

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    Credit: 247Sports

    High School/Hometown: Killian (Miami, Florida)

    Height/Weight: 5'10", 180 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    How He Got Here: Yet another Miami NTFC participant, Jaquan Johnson overcame highly touted wide receivers at the camp.

    He was not immediately invited, but judging by his tape, Johnson was certainly worthy of the chance to appear in Oregon. Since 2011, Johnson has been responsible for 181 tackles, 13 interceptions and six forced fumbles.

    The 4-star is not fazed by the challenge, tweeting, "No pressure July 7 where ya at."

    And on that day, Miami will closely watch Johnson and the other prospects at The Opening.

     

    Notes: All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports, and rankings reflect 247Sports Composite. Players listed by position.

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