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Hurricanes had winning weekend with “Paradise Camp”

Abbey Radeka



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The appropriately named “Paradise Camp,” brought exactly that, paradise, for University of Miami Hurricanes recruiting. This past weekend, new Head Coach Manny Diaz hosted the fourth year of one of the most successful recruiting weekends in college football. Paradise Weekend was introduced to the Canes’ football program back in 2016 by former head coach Mark Richt.

Recruits and their families were invited to Coral Gables for the weekend to visit the campus and learn all about what Miami could offer in their four years playing college football. Players would train with some of the best coaches, and current/former NFL players to come out of the Miami program.

And, Diaz began the weekend by welcoming the recruits to what he called “the best camp there is in the United States.”

And, here are some of Miami’s biggest wins from the weekend:

The sheer number of recruits- in total, 86- attenting Paradise Camp was impressive. Among the group were 4 five-star recruits, 19 four-star recruits, 32 three-star recruits with the rest having not been graded, yet.

So far, the Canes have landed 4 commits from the weekend alone for both the 2020 and 2021 classes.

For the class of 2020, the first commit of the weekend was Miami Columbus three-star defensive end, Elijah Roberts. Roberts has been wavering on his verbal commitment over the past few weeks with several others.

Second, was Nashville Overton 3 star offensive tackle, Chris Washington, who told 247Sports and InsideTheU that he gave a verbal pledge to Diaz, picking the Miami over Ole Miss, Indiana, Wake Forest and Cincinnati.

Washington is the 3rd lineman and 18th overall commit for Class of 2020, which now ranks No. 8 on the 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings.

Among the rest of the 2020 class is five star running back Don Chaney, four-star Oakleaf offensive tackle Jalen Rivers, Miami Northwestern wide receiver Marcus Fleming, McDougle Technical Institute defensive end Samuel Anaele, Suffield (Conn.) Academy quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep defensive lineman Willie Moise and South Dade cornerback Jaiden Francois.

The 2021 class had two new commits as well. Fort Lauderdale Plantation wide receiver Jacolby George and Saint Petersburg Lakewood linebacker Cortez Mckenzie. Again, according to 247Sports, Miami now has 10 commits for the 2021 class and that is ranked No.1 by them.

The Canes also hosted two “Official Visits,” who couldn’t actually participate in the camp, but got to experience “the U” nonetheless. Keshawn Lawrence, a four-star safety, who is also considering LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

The second was Alabama commit, Dazalin Worsham, who is a four-star wide receiver from Trussville, Alabama. Worsham hasn’t given any indication whether he’s wavering on his commitment to the Tide, but he did tweet this photo a few days before camp:

I’m sure a flip would be “the cherry on top” of an already very successful recruiting weekend for Miami.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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