Miami Mentions: 2020 Rivals250 Postseason Update

Miami Mentions: 2020 Rivals250 Postseason Update

Stefan Adams
The postseason update of the Rivals250 for the class of 2020 was released today.

And there was plenty of movement in the most recent version of the rankings, as there were tons of movers and shakers after another round of evaluations for senior film.

How did Miami and Category20 do? The Canes' total number of commits inside the Rivals250 actually grew from six to eight members, as UM added pledges from S Jalen Harrell and RB Jaylan Knighton in the past week. Of Miami commits, DE Chantz Williams got the biggest bump, leaping 58 spots into the top 150, landing at #144 overall, while RB Don Chaney is still UM's highest ranked commit on Rivals at #46 overall.

With the cycle closer to winding down, there was a surprising lack of Miami targets on the list as their board has really narrowed in the past month or two.

Without further delay, here's a handy, dandy list of the Miami commits and targets in the newest Rivals250.

Miami Commits (New Rank/Old Rank/Change)

RB Don Chaney
: 46 <-- 38 (-8)

WR Michael Redding: 103 <-- 67 (-36)

S Jalen Harrell: 117 <-- 111 (-6)

S Keshawn Washington: 129 <-- 133 (+4)

DE Chantz Williams: 144 <-- 202 (+58)

RB Jaylan Knighton: 146 <-- 150 (+4)

QB Tyler Van Dyke: 199 <-- 198 (-1)

OT Jalen Rivers: 212 <-- 183 (-29)

Miami Targets (New Rank/Old Rank/Change)

LB Justin Flowe
: 4 <-- 3 (-1)

TE Darnell Washington: 17 <-- 18 (+1)

OG Chris Morris: 45 <-- 37 (-8)

OG Jonathan Denis: 193 <-- 181 (-12)

LB Keyshawn Greene: 197 <-- 227 (+30)


With the cycle starting to come to an end, there’s not as much to digest in this update with such few targets left on the board. One move I did like was that Rivals finally gave Miami DE commit Chantz Williams a bump, as they’ve been really underrating him this whole cycle. After watching Williams in person multiple times now, his speed and athleticism are just so rare for a 6-4 240 pound prospect and I see him as a borderline top 100 talent with a ton of upside for more. The only thing holding him back from 5-star status is his lack of polish and technique, but he’s already started to improve on that as a senior and he only getting better from here.

**Addressing Miami WR commit Michael Redding’s drop to just outside the top 100, it’s hard to disagree too much with that. The traits that had Rivals so high on him to begin with haven’t disappeared: The outstanding ball skills, the insane leaping ability, and the elite separation skills. The problem has been that his production is so low that it’s hard to rate him over kids with similar physical talent that also stuff the box score. It’s something I always worry about with IMG kids on a roster with a lot of mouths to feed, not to mention IMG didn’t throw the ball a ton this season. Redding’s sophomore year at West Florida Tech was more productive than both of his IMG years combined, and I sometimes wonder if certain prospects would have a better chance to be developed further if they just stayed home instead of going to IMG.

**Every update, I go into it expecting that this will be the time Miami S commit Keshawn Washington drops out of the Rivals250, and every time I’m surprised to see he’s still hanging around the rankings. Not only that, but Washington again got a minor bump up 4 spots in this update. I find it interesting when there is a huge rankings disparity between the services, and that's exactly true in the case of Washington. While 247Sports and ESPN have dropped Washington into the mid three-star range at this point, Rivals is leading the Washington hype train, holding steady to their original evaluation of Washington as a top 150 overall talent. Clearly, Rivals is high on Washington’s in the box potential, because his speed and range at safety look a tick too slow on film. If Washington is able to carry some more good weight on his frame, he certainly has the ability to shine at striker in Miami’s defense, although the jump in physicality at the next level will be a big adjustment for him.

Comments (20)

Staff must be confident in the current targets.

I mean...

Kids still want to be canes but the program is letting them down. what a fcukin shame
Flowe dropped a spot, oh yaaaa thats a lock for us!!! Players only drop when they are committing to us. (sarcasm I have zero actual knowledge)
8 guys in the top 250 but we’ll have coach worshippers telling us we got no good athletes in three years when this staff doesn’t help them improve at all.
This 2020 class is shaping up to be our 2nd best class in the last 4 years behind storm 18 class of course. I’ll easily take this class over 2017 and the 2019 class. Pretty crazy since this is our worst football season in a long time
This 2020 class is shaping up to be our 2nd best class in the last 4 years behind storm 18 class of course. I’ll easily take this class over 2017 and the 2019 class

One more OL (Baynes. We did get Reed back for better or worse.), one more LB (Hyppolite/Greene and Machado replaces Flagg), one more cb (Delancey or Brown), and maybe 1 more wr(some late surprise) and it's top 12 or so. Pretty **** good after a garbage season where coaching disaster after one other was upon us.
They gave Wingo his 5th star? Lol

But they dropped Chaney who made him look silly at The Opening.
Not going after Parrish Jr. Is going to hunt is for a while.
Not going after Parrish Jr. Is going to hunt is for a while.
You have Chaney and knighton who are both more talented and with MUCH more upside than Henry Parrish and it isn’t close(Parrish is a good back but I’m more than happy to have 2 elite backs in this class already). You can complain about a lot of positions recruiting wise but rb is not one of them at all, especially in this class with who we have