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New Jersey trio, all hold UM offers

New Jersey trio, all hold UM offers

Nash Williams
Al Golden's recent trend of recruiting heavily in New Jersey continued this week as the Hurricanes offered 2015 St. Peter's Prep (NJ) Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick (6'0" 185, left).

"(Wednesday) Defensive Backs Coach (Paul) Williams came to my school and offered me." said Fitzpatrick. "I was real excited."

Miami now has offers out to three players from the Jersey City powerhouse. The other two players being 2014 Running Back Jonathan Hilliman (6'2" 210, right) and 2015 Quarterback Brandon Wimbush (6'2" 195, center).

Hilliman is a highly sought after prospect as he as offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, and Georgia among others. Although, when Hilliman released his Top 10 in early April, Miami was not among his choices.

Brandon Wimbush, who currently holds offers from the likes of Maryland, Temple, Connecticut, Rutgers and now Miami, is close with Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Minkah Fitzpatrick tells me that he definitely wants to visit Coral Gables with Brandom Wimbush during the summer.

Fitzpatrick holds offers from Connecticut and Rutgers. Although his coach tells him more schools are going to offer soon, but not until they can do it in person.

Something impressive about Minkah Fitzpatrick is that most of his time on the field was spent at Running Back and didn't start at Cornerback until the final two games of his Sophomore season. To say he did alright at Cornerback is an absolute understatement. In those two games alone Minkah recorded 2 interceptions, 12 pass-deflections, and 21 tackles. Not too shabby for a kid who has been playing running back throughout high school.

Minkah described his game to me as: " I am a workhorse who loves competition. I have great speed, toughness, and I am smart."

Here are Minkah Fitzpatrick's highlights: Enjoy his 4.4 speed. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/439050/minkah-fitzpatrick

While Brandon Wimbush's highlights were not available I can tell you that he has a rocket arm and is a impressive dual-threat.

Here are Jonathan Hilliman's highlights: Underrated back that has bright future. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1255302/jon-hilliman

If you have a question, comment, or complaint concerning this article you can email me at Nashwillliams01@gmail.com or tweet me @Nashwilliams1. You can read about more players like at FloridaHSFootball.com when I highlight new rising talent every week in my column: Nash's Notes: Names to Know.
 

Comments (14)

Great stuff Nash. If we are going to establish any OOS pipeline, New Jersey makes the most sense. Great connections through Golden and D'Onofrio and the kids can adapt to Miami life.
 
Great stuff Nash. If we are going to establish any OOS pipeline, New Jersey makes the most sense. Great connections through Golden and D'Onofrio and the kids can adapt to Miami life.
I agree, New Jersey makes the most sense, but I'd prefer a Virginia pipeline.

Golden has experience there as well, but it's obviously going to more difficult to get a foothold there.
 
Great stuff Nash. If we are going to establish any OOS pipeline, New Jersey makes the most sense. Great connections through Golden and D'Onofrio and the kids can adapt to Miami life.
I agree, New Jersey makes the most sense, but I'd prefer a Virginia pipeline.

Golden has experience there as well, but it's obviously going to more difficult to get a foothold there.

any state like NJ,GA,TX,VA,and CAL will be good for OOS recruiting
 
It seems pretty clear that Golden is identifying all of the top talent producing areas and then focusing on those with the most favorable competitive dynamics. The SEC gets most of the kids in La, Al, Ga, and SC (although I think Ga, as demonstrated for us historically, is probably the easiest place to pull talent). The Texas schools have a pretty good lock on the talent in their state.

The real opportunity is in NJ where Penn State (probably the closest major program historically) is struggling and there are no historically strong state programs.

I see the same dynamics in Virginia (Vtech is slipping and I am not sure UVA will ever dominate under London). California seems to have some opportunities based purely on size, but the Pac 12 is in a much better position.
 
Nash cash.....don't ever say not too shabby again....ever
 
It seems pretty clear that Golden is identifying all of the top talent producing areas and then focusing on those with the most favorable competitive dynamics. The SEC gets most of the kids in La, Al, Ga, and SC (although I think Ga, as demonstrated for us historically, is probably the easiest place to pull talent). The Texas schools have a pretty good lock on the talent in their state.

The real opportunity is in NJ where Penn State (probably the closest major program historically) is struggling and there are no historically strong state programs.

I see the same dynamics in Virginia (Vtech is slipping and I am not sure UVA will ever dominate under London). California seems to have some opportunities based purely on size, but the Pac 12 is in a much better position.

We have been hammering Virginia with offers and it's bound to pay off sooner or later. There's some studs in that region and it's a bit of a recruiting neutral territory.

Consistent OOS kid success comes with program success.
 
I like the idea of going after Jersey and Virginia a lot. Those two areas produce a lot of talent with no dominant program or conference to keep them home.

If we can cherry-pick studs from there that'd be great.
 
Two kids from New Jersey, two kids from the Tidewater area, two kids from Texas, Louisiana and Georgia and 15 from south Florida would be real strong.
 
Could have more competition in Jersey with Rutgers going into Big 10. Teams like Nebraska, Mich, and OSU could get more involved.
 
one from the bahamas every class please.lol
 
I like the idea of getting in the Tri-State area for a few gems.

But while we're at at it, take one from Hawaii every year too.
 
I didn't know there were three kids in the entire state of new jersey that had miami talent
 

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