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Class Impact: Jonathan Denis Exits

Class Impact: Jonathan Denis Exits

Stefan Adams
2020 South Dade (FL) OG Jonathan Denis decommitted from Miami on Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-3, 270-pounder is a 4-star ranked #312 overall nationally, the #11 OG, and #53 in the Sunshine State in the 247Sports Composite. His decommitment does not change Miami’s #1 class in 2020 on 247Sports or Rivals.

The Background

Denis had been committed to UM since July and pulled the trigger on an exciting Paradise Camp weekend that landed Miami six commitments. In a sequence of events that lasted a little more than two hours, UM landed all three of the South Dade Canes on the Friday night before the camp. First it was CB Jaiden Francois announcing on Twitter for the orange and green, followed shortly after by S Keshawn Washington. Denis then capped off the excitement with his decision to stay home at Miami, but today he reversed course from that and opened things up

In general, I’m a subscriber to the belief that one game does not impact a recruit’s ultimate decision; there’s just too many unique factors that goes into every recruitment to throw all that out the window over one game. I believe this decommitment is more about being able to give every school a fair shot and to evaluate all his options, rather than something Miami did or didn’t do. That being said, the timing of Denis’ decommitment sure doesn’t look good after Miami’s Virginia loss, as he just told CIS how excited he was to be at the game when Miami toppled FSU 2 weeks back.

Future of the Class

Denis’ decommitment brings the total class numbers down to 11 and leaves Miami without an offensive lineman in Category20. Miami will continue to recruit Denis and UM wants him in this class badly. The Canes already have a bit of a head start with both his teammates and close friends Francois and Washington in the class, so I expect UM to be involved here until the very end.

In terms of other OL prospects, so far, the Canes have focused their efforts on bringing in some top-notch tackles to the equation in 2020, and have set their sights on three guys in particular.

4-star OT Jalen Rivers from Oakleaf (FL) is probably the top target for the Canes at this point. He’s considered a top 50 prospect in the country that’s been seen as a Miami-lean for awhile now. Rivers was competing out at Paradise Camp in July and was a top performer, burying most of his opponents. We’ve heard some really positive chatter from sources close to the Rivers recruitment and, as of now, I expect him to be a Hurricane in the end.

Next up is St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 4-star Marcus Dumervil, who went to every Miami event possible for an underclassman this off-season. Dumervil also showed up to Miami’s last home game, the comeback thriller against FSU. The local product has played both offense and defense at STA, but the Canes like him at OT. Dumervil grew up a fan of UM and is always talking highly of the team and the staff. I think it’s only a matter of time before he hops on board with UM; it can only help being on a high school team with so many Miami commits.

At nearly 6-4 and 300 pounds, Vanguard (FL) 4-star Miller Merriweather-Lewis has been pursued by the Canes since landing an offer in the fall of 2016 during his freshman season of high school. N’Kosi Perry’s former teammate has already named Miami to his top 3, along with LSU and UGA. UM is going to have to battle a little bit more to land Merriweather-Lewis, but they’re certainly in a prime position to eventually land his commitment if they keep pushing.

Outside of South Florida, Miami has current offers out to Suwannee (FL) 4-star OT Joshua Braun and Lennard (FL) 3-star OT Michael Rankins, but it’s too early to tell where Miami stands with those two as of now.

In terms of future offers you could see go out, look no farther than Jovens Janvier, a 4-star OT from Champagnat-Catholic. Although Janvier is currently committed to Louisville, he is still showing high Miami interest. Janvier attended Miami-FSU 2 weeks back and was told by Stacy Searels that an offer may be coming soon. The Canes would be an instant player with Janvier if they did pull the trigger as, like Dumervil, Janvier showed up to most of the off-season events on campus at UM.

Comments (49)

In all honesty, who cares about 2020 verbal commits or decommits, we dont even know who we got coming in officially for the 2019 class, but december will let us know who's serious and who's not. All i care about is who signs, verbal commits mean nothing to me.
What are they doing for this year? They have 2 2019 commits. Unless they think the people already on the roster can develop with this staff stupendously between now and 2019 they are in some deep turd.
The 2020 class had no commits now. They have dug themselves into a grave which may be hard to get out of for quite a while.
What are they doing for this year? They have 2 2019 commits. Unless they think the people already on the roster can develop with this staff stupendously between now and 2019 they are in some deep turd.
The 2020 class had no commits now. They have dug themselves into a grave which may be hard to get out of for quite a while.

2 recruits that are decent this year, but no Evan Neal. With the OL-coaching that has been shown the last couple of years and recruits that were ranked higher than say UCF and not developed what the heck is Richt thinking?
Stefan some of the people in your article have good potential. Good potential for a OL-coach that can develop them. We have not see that development in the last couple of years here.
If we did land the guys you mentioned with the current coaching situation how are they going to be any better than the people we have now?
Alright I'm taking the kid gloves off...

Searls is a fckin bum, can't develop talent worth a damn at all.

Our OL issues will not be magically fixed even if we add Neal, both St.Louis & Donaldson have pretty much regressed & not one of Herbert or Hillery has progressed any. Then you got guys like Brown, Milo, Dykstra who will literally never play here & we still have to rely on Foldenites like Jahair Jones & Mahoney who wouldn't even be starters in the Sun Belt conference.

Idc how much of an okay recruiter Sears is, he can't coach & our run blocking has been as bad as its been in 3 years.

I don't blame any kid for not wanting to play under his coaching, would love to keep a young talented player like Denis in the fold, but it's pretty easy to see Seals isn't the guy to develop you & get you to the next level.

And any Cult members that respond trying to defend Searls go ahead if you feel like, but you're wasting your time, I ain't tryna hear that sh*t.
Bummer, kids in that class probably have a chance to play for a new staff and stand a chance.

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