There are seven months remaining before the first signing date for football’s Class of 2019, and only nine of South Florida’s top 25 prospects have announced a college commitment.
Miami and Florida State have two commitments each, although no vows are official until they sign. Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan also have commitments from the top 25, a list compiled from ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports’ charts.
Here’s a closer look:
1: Frank Ladson, wide receiver, South Dade High: He chose Clemson on April 14. He’s an ideal target at 6-foot-4, and Miami won’t give up the pursuit until he signs.
2: Josh Sanguinetti, safety, University School: 247 Sports projects he will sign with Miami, although Stanford is also in the running.
3: Kaiir Elam, cornerback, WPB Benjamin: He’s the son of former NFL safety Abram Elam. And his uncle, Matt Elam, is a former Gators safety. Florida is the favorite to sign this 6-1 corner, with Auburn also in contention.
4: Ge’Mon Eaford, outside linebacker, Deerfield Beach: Eaford has said he loves Miami at the top of his list, but expect this to get crazy with Georgia, Florida, FSU, Oklahoma and Ohio State in the fight.
5: Akeem Dent, cornerback, Palm Beach Central: He was committed to Miami before switching to FSU. According to 247 Sports, it’s a dead heat between Miami, FSU and LSU.
6: Anthony Solomon, outside linebacker, Aquinas: He has committed to Miami, but Michigan could still be a factor. At 6-1 and 200 pounds, Solomon needs to fill out to stay at linebacker.
7: Tyrique Stevenson, cornerback, South Dade: The nation’s No. 8 cornerback is a lock to Miami, according to 247 Sports, but the view here is that this will be a heavyweight fight with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and FSU involved.
8: Kenny McIntosh, running back, University School: His brother is RJ McIntosh, who just left Miami for the NFL Draft. Miami is the leader to get Kenny, too, but Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama will provide competition.
9: Khris Bogle, defensive end, Cardinal Gibbons: As discussed in this space last week, Bogle is enjoying the attention, and you can predict a long battle between Miami, Clemson and FSU.
10: John Dunmore, wide receiver, Chaminade: This 6-2 target backed out on Florida in January, and may end up at FSU, which he said is his dream school. But he has close ties to a coach at Penn State and also likes Miami and Georgia.
11: Jaden Davis, cornerback, Aquinas: Davis, who will play in the Under Armour All-America Game, has an 11-school list, and Florida and Miami are in prime position. Oklahoma, Clemson and Penn State are also in the hunt.
12: Mark-Antony Richards, running back/wide receiver, Wellington Community: The younger brother of Miami receiver Ahmmon Richards, Mark-Antony likes the Canes. Penn State and Florida are also in the chase.
13: Nayquan Wright, running back, Carol City: He is undersized at 5-8, but he is the nation’s 10th-ranked back, with offers from Alabama and Florida. Still, Miami is the clear leader.
14: Jordan Battle, safety, Aquinas: Look for Battle to be the next among a steady stream of Aquinas stars who sign with Ohio State. Miami, Michigan and Georgia are also in pursuit.
15: Te’Cory Couch, cornerback, Chaminade: He flipped from Tennessee to Michigan two weeks ago.
16: Keontra Smith, safety, Chaminade: He is “committed” to Kentucky, but he has an offer from Miami, which he said is his dream school.
17: Braylen Ingraham, defensive end, Aquinas: Miami is in the lead with Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida in pursuit.
18: Michael Morris, defensive end, Delray American Heritage: He has been committed to FSU since 2016. His father (Mike) is a former FSU offensive lineman.
19: Cameron Williams, defensive end, Chaminade: He switched from Florida to Miami. At 6-5 and 230 pounds, he had 28 tackles for losses last year.
20: Daniel Carter, running back, Aquinas: Carter seems headed to Miami. Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia and Pitt are other possibilities. Miami’s crowded backfield doesn’t bother Carter, who said: “I’m not afraid of competition.”
21: Brieon Fuller, wide receiver, Doral Academy: He committed to Miami, but the Hurricanes apparently cooled on Fuller, who lacks top-end speed. Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville and Iowa State are in the mix.
22: Mark Fox, offensive tackle, Miami Northwester: Former Gators coach Will Muschamp, now at South Carolina, holds pledges from two South Florida offensive linemen, Fox and Aquinas center Vincent Murphy.
23: Avery Huff, outside linebacker, Aquinas: Miami and Florida State are in the hunt, and Alabama, Kentucky and Louisville are possibilities.
24: Tyler Scott, safety, University School: Louisville and Stanford are possible landing spots for the nation’s 19th-ranked safety.
25: Wardrick Wilson, offensive tackle, Doral Academy: The Gators have taken a flier on this 6-5, 300-pound prospect.