Miami Mentions: 2021 Top247 Preseason Update

Stefan Adams
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After previously releasing an initial Top247 this spring, the updated ranking of the 247Sports Top247 for the class of 2021 was released today.

How did Miami and the class of 2021 do? From the last set of rankings, Miami went from 6 commits to 4 in the Top247. The Canes lost commitments from Gulliver Prep DE Donell Harris and Western S James Williams in the past few months, while Miami Palmetto DT Savion Collins fell out of the rankings. However, Miami Northwestern WR and UM commit Romello Brinson earned his 4th star and went from outside the rankings to Miami's top ranked commit at #170 overall.

There were also plenty of Hurricanes' targets that made an appearance on the Top247, reflecting another deep pool of talent locally.

Without further delay, here's a list of the Miami commits and targets in the new 2021 Top247.

Miami Commits (New Rank/Old Rank/Change)

WR Romello Brinson: 170 <-- NR (N/A)

LB Chamon Metayer: 171 <-- 193 (+22)

RB Thad Franklin: 182 <-- 171 (-11)

OG Laurence Seymore: 197 <-- 191 (-6)

DT Savion Collins: NR <-- 186 (N/A)

Miami Targets (New Rank/Old Rank/Change)

DT Leonard Taylor: 5 <-- 31 (+26)

DT Payton Page: 6 <-- 6 (N/A)

DE Bryce Langston: 11 <-- 10 (-1)

S James Williams: 12 <-- 11 (-1)

QB Jake Garcia: 32 <-- 24 (-8)

DT Maason Smith: 38 <-- 38 (N/A)

LB Terrence Lewis: 62 <-- 67 (+5)

LB Branden Jennings: 67 <-- 68 (+1)

DE Tunmise Adeleye: 70<-- 48 (-22)

OT Marcus Tate: 79 <-- 80 (+1)

CB Jason Marshall: 82 <-- 83 (+1)

DT Tywone Malone: 96 <-- 97 (+1)

DE Jabari Ishmael: 102 <-- 99 (-3)

WR Trevonte Rucker: 129 <-- 41 (-88)

CB Corey Collier: 138 <-- 110 (-28)

TE Jake Briningstool: 165 <-- 243 (+78)

OT Eli Sutton: 168 <-- 158 (-10)

WR Jacorey Brooks: 173 <-- 160 (-13)

LB Jonathan Flowe: 175 <-- 162 (-13)

DE Tyreak Sapp: 203 <-- 196 (-7)

WR Solomon Lewis: NR <-- 168 (N/A)


Of the players I've seen in person, the movement I agreed with most was giving Jake Briningstool a bump up 78 spots to #165 overall. Briningstool, who visited UM for Paradise last month, earned an offer from the UM staff simply based on the look test during the Friday party, and he didn’t disappoint when it was time to take the field in the camp on Saturday. Brevin Jordan was comparing him to Will Mallory during drills and that comparison seems apt to me. Briningstool has a gigantic 6-6 215 pound frame, but moves very fluidly and doesn’t sacrifice speed. It's still early for Briningstool, who hasn't taken many visits yet, but the dynamic TE prospect already has offers from all around the country, including Alabama, Clemson, FSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M among others.

**Canes fans should love seeing a guy like Miami Palmetto's Leonard Taylor getting some recognition from the recruiting services. Taylor, a quick and athletic interior lineman whose calling card is penetrating into the backfield, continued his steady rise in the rankings and is now considered a top 5 overall talent in the nation by 247Sports. Most feel Miami has an early lead for Taylor as UM tries to keep the local stud home. Staying at Palmetto, Taylor's teammates in CB Jason Marshall and CB Corey Collier both remained in the newest rankings. Marshall's ranking essentially stayed the same, but Collier's stock fell again, as his poor testing numbers from February (4.83 40-yard dash) continue to hurt him.

**The new highest ranked Miami commit is now Miami Northwestern WR Romello Brinson, who earned his 4th star and moved from outside the rankings to #170 overall. However, to those that have followed Brinson's game the past few years, this is no shock, and it was more surprising to see 247Sports be so conservative on him in the early going. Brinson is truly a threat to score from anywhere on the field and that is a quality that shows up immediately on his tape. His run-after-catch ability is elite and he features no wasted motion in his movements. He is electric after the catch, sees cutback lanes before they develop, and just knows what to do with the ball in his hands. I expect an even bigger junior season for Brinson and I don't think he's done with his rise just yet.

Comments (10)

So brinson is ranked higher than brooks. What’s everyone’s thoughts on this for those who have seen them both play? For the record I want both bad