The Miami Hurricanes picked up a 2024 commitment from another blue-chip edge rusher on Saturday, flipping former Michigan pledge Elias Rudolph. Here’s what you need to know:
- Rudolph, ranked No. 292 overall and the No. 21 edge in the 247Sports Composite, had been committed to the Wolverines since July 3. He took official visits to Pittsburgh, Michigan and Miami in June.
- Rudolph played at Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft as a sophomore and junior and transferred to Deerfield Beach High before returning to his old high school this summer. He took a trip to Coral Gables with his family in late July and attended Miami’s barbeque.
- Rudolph, a two-time first-team All-Ohio selection and the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2022 according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, tallied 87 tackles and 17.5 sacks as a junior.
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What does this mean for Miami?
Mario Cristobal’s primary goal this cycle was to load up on elite defensive linemen and by flipping Rudolph from Michigan the Hurricanes are on their way. He’s the second blue-chip edge rusher to commit to Miami’s 2024 class, joining Chicago (Ill.) Kenwood Academy’s Marquise Lightfoot. Miami also has 6-foot-3, 280-pound, four-star defensive tackle Artavius Jones of Blountstown (Fla.) among its 20 commitments.
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The Hurricanes also hosted a handful of other elite linemen on official visits in June: five-star tackle Justin Scott of Chicago (Ill.) St. Ignatius, who is committed to Ohio State, uncommitted five-star tackle David Stone of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy and five-star edge rusher Colin Simmons of Duncanville, Texas, who committed to Texas this past week. Stone will announce his college choice on Aug. 26 and said recently he still hadn’t decided between Miami, Oklahoma or Michigan State.
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