UM Recruiting Scoop: 1/23

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

* Gus Edwards told Scout last night that he is still scheduled to visit Miami on Feb 1 -- the last recruiting weekend before National Signing Day. Edwards (5-11/220) is one of the top players in the state of New York. He landed an offer from the Canes back in the spring but committed to Syracuse not long after that. He opened things back up when their head coach left for the NFL, and Miami continued recruiting him. He met with a UM coach on Monday -- one day after Alex Collins left his official visit at UM. Edwards visited Florida State over the weekend, and said it really opened his eyes about possibly playing in the South. That leads me to believe he'd planned on staying up North but now may be considering it more than before. He is still committed to Syracuse but Rutgers seems like the main competition up North now. If the Canes can get a secure commitment from Collins between now and then, the visit may not even take place. Even if they get Collins, however, Edwards may still visit since he landed an offer from the Canes when they had Collins committed. Either way, he's someone to keep a close eye on.

* WR Jordan Cunningham said yesterday that his top four schools right now are Stanford, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, and Miami. It's interesting to note that he's now visited those other three schools. He has nothing scheduled for Miami, and it appears he's on the outside looking in as far as an offer goes. Miami landed a good class at wide receiver last year, and they will likely take just one in this year's class. That player will likely have to be an elite player, who the coaches view as someone who could come in and be better than anyone they signed last year. Stacy Coley is that player. Cunningham probably isn't.

* 5-star LB Matthew Thomas will be taking his official visit to Miami today and tomorrow. A lot of people had been curious as to why he wasn't visiting last weekend. He went to USC instead, and will now get the full court press from every UM coach for the next two days. UM will likely invite some players down unofficially to help recruit Thomas, who seems like the top LB prospect on the board for the Canes. He saw Alabama two weeks ago and is set to see Florida State this weekend. Miami's coaches will get a chance to spend a lot of time with Thomas and his family over the next two days. Don't expect a decision either way following the visit. He will likely announce sometime around signing day. Bama continues to be Miami's top competition.

* A new name to the recruiting board is 4-star linebacker Zach Cunningham. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he has very impressive senior film and that's probably a big reason why he's landed some major offers lately -- including one from Miami. Alabama seems to want him as a greyshirt, something he doesn't seem interested in. He visited Auburn two weeks ago, and the Tigers seem to have the advantage right now. He is set to see Vanderbilt this week and then Miami. The Canes seem like a major longshot here but he's worth keeping an eye on. Even if the Canes can land Thomas and Jermaine Grace, they probably still have room for a fourth linebacker in this class -- especially with the recent departure of Gionni Paul. Cunningham, however, likely won't be one of those players.

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