UM Recruiting Scoop: 2/8

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

* National Signing Day is in the books. Miami has signed 17 players, and Al Golden said on Wednesday that one scholarship is still available. A lot of people have already started throwing out some names as possibilities. The most intriguing one so far appears to be LB Edward Williams. He claims to have gotten an offer from the Canes in the last few years. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Williams was an all-state performer at Warren Eaton High in New Orleans this past season. A one-time Texas A&M commitment, Williams hasn't signed with anyone yet. He'd been considering schools like Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech before he says Miami offered. I don't believe he has papers to sign from Miami yet but he's definitely someone to keep an eye on. Grades could be an issue here, however.

* The three positions the Hurricanes were unable to fill their needs were at RB (where they wanted two), defensive tackle (wanted at least one), and linebacker (wanted one more). Therefore, those are the three spots to keep an eye on in terms of adding someone late. Running backs are much harder to find this late in the process since all the good ones sign. Linebackers are pretty difficult, too. The most likely addition, in terms of signing someone late, is at defensive tackle. A lot of Junior College options are still available. A lot of players at this position don't quality until later in the process. Remember, the Canes have already signed defensive tackles like Darius Smith and Corey King after signing day since Al Golden got the job here. Don't be surprised if a DT is the one who's added this year. No names have really emerged yet, however.

* The only player from Miami's commitment list who didn't sign on Wednesday is Ryheem Lockley. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Lockley is a very talented tight end prospect from the state of Virginia. He visited Miami on the final recruiting weekend of the year, committed at the end of his visit, and then didn't sign a couple days later. Why? He still has some academic hurdles to clear. Because of that, he'll likely attend Prep School first and then have a chance to re-sign in December. This will be interesting to watch because the last kid UM sent to prep school, Angelo Jean-Louis, was unable to qualify again and never ended up here.

* The 2014 class is off to a good start already. The Hurricanes have commitments from WR Travis Rudolph and OL Trevor Darling. They will likely sign close to a full class, barring NCAA scholarship reductions, next year. They've already held one Junior Day event and they will hold another one tomorrow. A lot of the area's top prospects plan to attend -- QB Quinton Flowers (likely a WR in college), RB Sony Michel, Darling, and others. I'll have some follow-up coverage of the event.

* The biggest loss to most people was either RB Alex Collins or LB Matthew Thomas. That's one way of looking at it. Another way is by considering who the coaches expected to get, and didn't. From that standpoint, maybe it was DT Keith Bryant. The four-star player committed to the Hurricanes last January and remained committed for several months. He took some January visits and then announced his final choice on NSD. It seems like Miami expected to get him, based on Golden's comments about "losing a player at the 2 o'clock hour." Bryant announced for FSU over Miami at 2 pm Wednesday. Expecting him to come likely meant the Canes didn't send out any late offers to DT prospects in the final few days. In the end, though, Bryant felt more comfortable at Florida State, he says.

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