Charlotte offensive lineman Dmitri Emmanuel has the potential to be an immediate starter for the Miami football team after he tweeted on Monday that he had received an offer from the Hurricanes. Emmanuel made 24 consecutive starts from 2019 to 2021. Emmanuel signed with Charlotte in the Class of 2017.
Versatile OL, Emmanuel started in both tackle positions and left guard for Charlotte. Throughout his Charlotte career, Emmanuel was named to various All-Conference USA teams. Miami would probably play on the right side of OL with DJ Scaife. Emmanuel and Scaife can both play guard and tackle.
Since entering the portal, Miami is the only school mentioned by Emmanuel on Twitter. The State of Florida is also suing Emmanuel. Emmanuel played under Florida State OL coach Alex Atkins in Charlotte in 2019. Emmanuel would be the 12th transfer Miami has added for the 2022 season and the third OL.
Jonathan Denis and Logan Sagapolu previously transferred to Miami from Oregon. Denis and Sagapolu were recruited from Oregon by new Miami head coach Mario Cristobal. Emmanuel has been offered scholarships out of high school from programs at ACC, Boston College, North Carolina, Syracuse, and Wake Forest.
In addition to Scaife, Miami is expected to start on the left side, Zion Nelson at tackle and Jalen Rivers at guard with Jakai Clark at center. Mario Cristobal is quickly redoing Miami’s lines defensively and offensively. At 6’2 and 306 pounds, Emmanuel would provide Miami with excellent size upfront.
Emmanuel is a better pass blocker than a run blocker. All of Miami’s OL must make progress in blocking runs in 2022. Cristobal and OL coach Alex Mirabal will continue to make OL recruitment a priority. Emmanuel would be a good one-year fix as the Hurricanes continue to add talent to OL.
Miami also signed 2022 three-star OL Anez Cooper and Matthew McCoy. Cooper and McCoy project themselves as development actors who need time in the program to mature. With Cristobal as an OL alum, the upside game will become more of a priority for Miami’s football program going forward.