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National U: Miami Hurricanes Live Blog Dedication Day

1:55 p.m. State Champ Moten at the U

DT Ahmad Moten, 6-3, 290, Cardinal Gibbons

Other contenders: North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, State of Iowa

247Composite sports: 3 stars, 572 national, 79 state, 134 position

Rivals: 4 stars, national unrated, 20 position, 39 state

Moten was one of South Florida’s biggest entertainers last year, going from a virtual unknown to a Broward County first-team performer, according to the Miami Herald. After recording just 17 tackles and three tackles for loss as a junior, Moten more than doubled his output as a senior with 39 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble, helping Cardinal Gibbons earn a second consecutive Class 4A championship. . The defensive tackle had no scholarship offers until his senior year and ended up with over 20, ultimately choosing Miami after coach Mario Cristobal made it a priority for the past two months.

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*** Shemar leaves the house. These are NOT the canes

1:35 p.m. Five-star defensive end Shemar Stewart officially signed with Texas A&M instead of the Hurricanes.

OF Shemar Stewart, 6-6, 272, Monsignor Pace

Other contenders: Miami, Georgia, LSU, Alabama

247Composite sports: 5 stars, 10 national, 3 positions, 1 state

Rivals: 5 stars, 30 national, 4 position, 5 state

ESPN: 5 stars, 6 national, 1 position, 2 state

Miami-Dade County’s No. 1 player is not stay at home. Although he struggled with injuries throughout his career, Stewart spent most of high school as a five-star prospect and the highest-ranked player in South Florida, due to his massive frame. and his passing skill. As a senior at Monsignor Pace, Stewart had 85 tackles, 40 tackles for loss and 14 sacks while playing defensive end at 6-foot-6 and over 270 pounds. The Under Armor All-American had been Miami’s top target in the Class of 2022 since 2019 and coach Mario Cristobal, as hard as he tried, couldn’t get the deal done after former coach Manny Diaz laid the groundwork.

Stewart is the No. 12 overall rookie in the nation, the No. 1 player in Florida and would have been the crown jewel of the Hurricanes’ recruiting class in 2022.

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12:30 Double BOOM!

Make room in that running backs room. The Canes just got consensus four-star running back TreVonte ‘Citizen, who almost everyone thought was heading in another direction…

RB TreVonte’ Citizen, 6-0, 217 Lake Charles, La. College Prep

Other contenders: Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, TX

247Composite sports: 4 stars, 107 national, 9 position, 10 state

Rivals: 4 stars, 86 national, 4 position, 8 state

ESPN: 4 stars, 144 national, 11 position 9 state

Miami’s running backs room got even deeper after adding another top-notch prospect on National Signing Day. Citizen spent more than four months making an oral pledge to the LSU Tigers last year before reneging on his pledge just after Thanksgiving. By then, he had used up four of his official visits, leaving him with just one more in 2022. He spent the weekend in Coral Gables, and the Hurricanes and new running backs coach Kevin Smith were able to lock in his engagement. As he joins a crowded post group, Citizen has a knack for breaking the rotation. He was an All-American and rushed for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns on 65 carries in just six games last year, while losing just one fumble. He also broke up a one-time pass as a linebacker and won a state title in the 800-meter relay last year.

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12:20 BOOM!

The Miami Hurricanes just got their first official representative on National Signing Day, and it’s coach Mario Cristobal’s preferred position group. Yeah, you guessed it.

Welcome to the U, offensive lineman Anez Cooper.

Here’s what you need to know about Cooper, a big guy to say the least:

OT Anez Cooper, 6-6, 352, Pleasant Grove, Alabama

Other contenders: Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, UAB

247Composite sports: 3 stars, 1479 national, 146 position, 61 state

Rivals: 3 Star, National Unranked, Unranked Position, 37 States

Cooper was one of the last players targeted by Miami this cycle and the Hurricanes sealed his commitment in less than two weeks. They only offered him a scholarship 12 days before National Signing Day, then flew to Alabama last week for a home visit and brought him to campus over the weekend for an official visit. Coach Mario Cristobal’s specialty is offensive linemen and Cooper — at a whopping 6-6, 352 pounds — has the physical traits to be an interesting developmental project for Cristobal and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal. .

12:11 p.m. UM is missing 6-foot-4, 294-pound defensive tackle Christen Miller of Ellenwood, Georgia. Miller, a consensus four-star lineman, was one of Mario Cristobal’s new targets and traveled to Miami last weekend. But instead, as expected, he signed with his in-state Georgia Bulldogs.

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Hello. Welcome to National Signing Day.

Stay tuned here for all your Miami Hurricanes signing day news.

The big news for the University of Miami on Tuesday night was that Kevin Steele, a well-respected coaching veteran of several major college programs, is hired by UM as the next defensive coordinator.

It’s another big win for Mario Cristobal, who no doubt hopes to follow that up with a commitment to Miami at 1:30 this afternoon by 5-star defensive end Monsignor Pace Shemar Stewart, Florida State’s top rookie. . Stewart seemed firmly committed to Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M before Cristobal and his team began to recruit Stewart hard and not give up.

Stewart clarified that it would be difficult to pick Miami without knowing who their defensive coordinator would be, and so, look what happened. Now we’ll see if Stewart, who enjoyed his official visit to Coral Gables last weekend, will ditch it for his hometown of Canes.

As of Wednesday, UM had already signed 15 players for the class of 2022. They include the eight Canes signed on the first day of the early signing period which began on December 15, two thereafter and five transfers since Cristobal took over. .

Now we are waiting for more news…

This story was originally published February 2, 2022 7:39 a.m.

Miami Herald sportswriter Susan Miller Degnan has been the Miami Hurricanes’ football editor since 2000, the season before the Canes won it all. She’s won several national APSE writing awards and has covered everything from Canes baseball to college football playoffs, major marathons to the Olympics.