UM Recruiting Scoop: 11/7

Read on for all the latest recruiting news and information surrounding the University of Miami, with complete analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

* The biggest news of the week came from Alex Collins, a five-star running back prospect from South Plantation High. Collins put his name on the recruiting map as a junior when he led Broward County in rushing. By the end of 2011, Collins had an offer from Miami and then committed following one of Miami's Junior Day events in January. Despite the commitment, Collins continued keeping his options open some. Two schools never stopped in their relentless pursuit of him -- Florida State and Wisconsin. He took unofficial visits to both schools over the summer and then official visits to both schools in recent weeks. While a lot of people are talking about FSU being the main competitor here, don't be surprised if it's Wisconsin. His high school coach is very close with a Wisconsin coach who recruits South Florida and that's part of the reason why the Badgers have landed a few players from this school in recent years. He seems to be very impressed with the Badgers right now. A lot will likely depend on how much interest he has in staying closer to his mom back home. Either way, the Canes are definitely not out of this race. He will likely visit the Canes after the season and then make a final decision real late in the process.

* Jordan Cunningham will be on an official visit to Stanford this weekend. He's already seen Oklahoma State. The University School standout has been to Miami a few times for unofficial visits and will likely return for an official later in the process. The Canes still appear to be in good shape for the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder. The Hurricanes were his childhood favorite and he landed a real early offer from the Canes. He told me that he likes Okie State because of how much they throw the ball, but it's hard to imagine that will end up being the top factor in his decision. Stanford gets Florida kids to visit every year but rarely plucks the top prospects from this state. Alabama and Florida State seem like Miami's top competition right now. Bama signed several receivers over the last two recruiting classes so one has to wonder how much room they'll have. As of now, the Canes seem to be in good shape for this three-star prospect.

* Lavon Hooks scheduled an official visit to Miami for December 8th. At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, Hooks is a defensive tackle prospect from Northeast Mississippi Junior College. He has an interesting story. A two-sport standout in high school, Hooks decided to pursue a career in basketball. After graduating high school in the spring of 2010, he played basketball at Marion Institute in Alabama for a year. He then decided to pursue football after a local trainer spotted him walking out of the mall one day. He bulked up to 280 pounds and turned into a quality football player. In eight games this season, he has 51 tackles and nine sacks. He will graduate in December with a redshirt year still available, he says. He seems like a very athletic, play-making defensive tackle prospect that the Canes are looking for. Hooks will visit Nebraska this weekend, followed by Arizona State. Missouri, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State are three others competing for one of his final two visit spots. Neither Nebraska or ASU is close to his original hometown in Atlanta so distance likely won't be a factor. He's never been here before so we probably won't know how serious he is about Miami until after his visit here. He's definitely someone to keep an eye on though.

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