Miami zeroing in on priority targets, possible flips

Even if Deonte “D.J.” Johnson hadn’t broken his silence, it wouldn’t have been a quiet summer for Miami on the recruiting trail.

Johnson, a defensive end from California and ESPN’s No. 30 player in the 2017 class, went public with his “silent” commitment this week. He did so by making a video with his pals, and his commitment means Miami has one of the top defensive players in the nation coming to Coral Gables next season.

The Hurricanes now have 18 players in their class, and it has been an interesting road to this point — and not one that ends now, by any stretch.

Several players who committed to Al Golden — cornerback Nick Roberts, running back Bentavious Thompson among them — dropped their pledges to Miami, and Mark Richt picked up a bunch of players that he likes.

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