With the status of those two players up in the air, combined with the need for linebackers in this class, there is a new name to keep an eye on.
Zach Cunningham (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) is one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama this year. He really put his name on the recruiting map with a strong senior season -- 192 tackles and 12 sacks. That earned him a spot in the Semper Fi All-American Game earlier this month. His performance there, along with his senior video, has earned him four stars on Scout.
Cunningham was offered by Auburn after their new staff took over. He visited there two weeks ago.
"My momma really wants me to stay close to home so she can come watch my games and I can still come home and visit on weekends," said Cunningham after that visit, perhaps indicating that the Tigers will be tough to beat.
Cunningham then visited Oregon this past weekend.
"That seemed to be one of the big pitches the coaching staff threw at him this weekend was the opportunity to get in early and be on the field," assistant coach Chris Mills said. "Just going with what you see on television and what Oregon has done over the past four years on both sides of the ball, the fact that they are recruiting speed at every position, I think that was one of the things that set Zach apart being 6-4 but also being able to run sideline to sideline. I would have to say that seemed to be what stuck out to him the most when I talked to him."
Mills told Scout Tuesday night that his star linebacker now plans to visit Vanderbilt this weekend, followed by Miami on the final recruiting weekend of the year.
The Canes will likely have a much better idea of whether they'll land Thomas and/or Grace by then. If that visit even happens, Miami may still be facing an uphill battle in trying to lure him away from his home state.
Either way, he's a player to keep an eye on down the stretch for Miami.