Miami Hurricanes trying to flip Oklahoma OL commit Joshua Bates
Miami Hurricanes trying to flip Oklahoma OL commit Joshua Bates
May 22, 2024 10:43 PM

Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal is a master recruiter, and it appears he is trying to flip an Oklahoma commitment. Miami is going after offensive lineman Joshua Bates, per CaneSports’ Matt Shodell.

Bates is the 36th overall interior offensive lineman in his class, and the fourth overall player in his class from the state of Colorado per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He committed to the Oklahoma Sooners on August 13, 2021

Offensive line coach Alex Mirabal is Bates’ primary recruiter for Miami.

What could Bates bring to Miami Hurricanes?

Measuring in at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, base is extremely physical on the line. Once the ball is snapped, he is immediately able to get leverage on his man. He extends his hands quickly, and that allows him to use his physicality and when the snap. This is something that is common with the type of lineman that this Miami staff wants. They have to be physical, and they have to be able to create holes quickly. Bates can certainly do that, and his physicality is one of his biggest assets.

Even with only two commitments in the 2020 recruiting class, the class itself ranks 30th nationally and fifth overall in the ACC per the 247Sports Team Rankings. This is the first opportunity that the Miami hurricanes will have to put together a full recruiting class with this staff. With the prospects they are going after, we could see this class turn into a top 15 one very soon.

With Miami looking for impactful offensive lineman it makes sense that Bates is on their radar. Especially with the Mirabal connection, it would be difficult to count Miami out on his recruitment. Time will tell if the coaching staff will be able to pry Bates away from Oklahoma. Nevertheless, they have begun to at least put their feelers out on his recruitment.

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