Miami lands a huge hit with No.1 lineman Francis Mauigoa

Bradenton, Florida - Miami coach Mario Cristobal used his past at Oregon to secure one of the biggest recruiting wins in recent program history: Francis Mauigoa, the nation’s top-ranked offensive lineman!

No. 1 ranked lineman, Francis Mauigoa posted with mom (l) and dad (r).
No. 1 ranked lineman, Francis Mauigoa posted with mom (l) and dad (r).  © screenshot / instagram / francis.mauigoa

The Miami Hurricanes began Independence Day with fireworks as they earned a commitment from the top offensive lineman in the country.

Francis Mauigoa, the No. 9 ranked player overall out of IMG Academy in Florida, committed to the Miami Hurricanes in a live announcement on Monday.

Mauigoa had five other finalists on his list: the Florida Gators, Alabama Crimson Tide, USC Trojans, Tennessee Volunteers, and Hawaii Warriors. He had been heavily courted by Miami for months.

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His commitment means the Hurricanes added the highest-ranked offensive lineman to the program since Seantrel Henderson, the No. 2 overall player and No. 1 tackle at the time, was added to the Class of 2010.

"They recruited me at Oregon," Mauigoa said, as his old coach at Oregon becomes his new coach at Miami. "We build a lot of bond, a lot of relationship. I have big trust in Coach Mario Cristibol."

The 6-foot-5, 330-pound power athlete moves different from most players his size. He tested in the upper percentile for players of his stature, going 5.3 on the lasers in the 40-yard dash and scoring a 4.7 in the short shuttle the spring before his junior year.

With Mauigoa's commitment, Miami's recruiting class jumped seven spots to No. 8 nationally in the 247Sports team rankings.

Cover photo: screenshot / instagram / francis.mauigoa

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