Miami Recruiting Scoop: 2/18

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

* The Hurricanes landed a commitment a few days ago from Hialeah QB Alin Edourd. However, that hasn't stopped them from pursuing other quarterback prospects. Drew Cornwell, Drew Barker, and Deshaun Watson all say the Hurricanes offered them within the last week or so. This says that they still want to add another quarterback to this year's class. And since those three players and pocket style passers, it shows that the the Canes will want to add a pure drop back style quarterback to this class. Cornwell is from Norman, Oklahoma and it's likely only a matter of time before the Sooners offer him, and get a commitment from him. Barker (Kentucky) seemed luke warm on the idea of taking a visit here before he plans to announce this spring. And Watson has already committed to Clemson. In other words, the three recent QB offers will likely go without much interest in return. Look for others to emerge in the coming weeks.

* One QB to keep an eye on is Miami Jackson High's Quinton Flowers. He had a much better season on the field than Edourd in 2012 while playing similar competition. Edourd, however, is about an inch taller. It's somewhat interesting that the Canes took a commitment from Edourd this early while still waiting to see with Flowers, who could end up playing another position in college. He told me over the weekend that schools like USF and Marshall have offered him at quarterback but he's hoping the Canes come through. It doesn't make sense for the Canes to take another dual threat QB right now and the state is so deep at WR (the position Flowers would likely play if not QB) that UM can take a wait-and-see approach.

* Travonte Valentine landed an offer from the Hurricanes back during the season. He plays at Bayside High in Palm Bay, near where current WR Rashawn Scott grew up. Valentine (6-4, 300) is a talented kid who has size, athleticism, flexibility, and strength. Those are a few of the reasons why he's being recruited so heavily. He committed to Florida awhile back but backed off that decision over the weekend. He now lists Miami as one of the schools he's considering. The Canes need DT prospects badly, and he's already emerging as one of the state's best at his position. Remember the name.

* Speaking of linemen, one of the state's top players on offense is Corey Martinez. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Martinez is a very good OG prospect from Tampa Catholic. While the Canes have recruited the Tampa area well the last few years, Martinez will be a tough pull. It's because he grew up a big Florida fan, and seems to be waiting on an offer from the Gators. It'll likely come very soon. FSU has already offered. He's one of the few in-state OL prospects with a Miami offer though, so he's worth remembering for now.


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