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S Gurvan Hall makes an even dozen ESPN Jr. 300s for Miami

Tom Hauck for Student Sports

Miami is on a serious roll on the recruiting trail. Just hours after landing ESPN Junior 300 receiver Mark Pope on Monday, the Hurricanes struck again close to home reeling in ESPN Jr. 300 safety Gurvan Hall.

Significance of impact: Miami continues to dominate in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties in the Class of 2018. With Hall joining Pope in the commit list, the Hurricanes now have staggering eight ESPN Jr. 300 verbals from the tri-county area after inking six in February and in the 2016 class. Building up talent and depth in the secondary is one of the main needs in 2018, and Mark Richt and staff are hitting it out of the park with corners Josh Jobe and Gilbert Frierson, and now Hall at safety with ESPN Jr300s such as Al Blades Jr. and Tyson Campbell still in play.

What he brings: Hall, No. 222 in the rankings, is a big time playmaker on both sides of the ball in high school at safety and receiver, but will move to the defensive side of the ball exclusively at Miami. A striker with ball skills and the range to quickly close from the hash mark to the boundary, Hall is a safety prospect that is equally adept playing the run and the pass. Hall’s ability to quickly close separates him from the majority of safeties in the 2018 class.

Strength of commitment: Hall was a heavy lean to the Hurricanes before committing despite the efforts of Florida State and Alabama, which included an unofficial visit to Tallahassee last weekend before giving Richt and staff the good news Monday. Safeties coach Ephraim Banda made Hall a priority from the start and Mark Richt provided the feeling of comfort and home on Hall’s visits.

Percent chance of the commit holding: 95 percent

Biggest threat: None. Barring significant coaching changes in Coral Gables, Hall is expected to sign with the Hurricanes.

For those who fell short, who is next on their board? Florida State made a strong run at Hall, but still has ESPN Jr300s Isheem Young and Campbell on the board.