UM Recruiting Scoop: 3/13

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

* DT Anthony Moten is part of a very good defensive tackle class in South Florida this year. At 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, he's a very athletic prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High. He's already considered a better DL prospect than current DL Jelani Hamilton was at the same age. Miami was one of the first schools to offer Moten. He plans on visiting UM for their spring game next month, along with WR Corey Holmes (who also has an offer from the Canes). Miami already has a commitment from OL Nick Linder at STA and now they're working hard to get Moten and Holmes. Moten grew up with a lot of interest in the Canes, and they seem to be in solid shape at this stage of the game. He's definitely a player to keep a close eye on.

* Nigel Patten is one of the top DB prospects in Dade County for the 2014 recruiting class. The Booker T. Washington standout was one of the reasons why they won a state title in 2012. At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, he's a bit undersized, even though he's a tremendous football player. He says the Canes have already offered and it'll be interesting to see how hard the Canes pursue him down the stretch considering their lack of success in recruiting the school last recruiting cycle, and the fact that he lacks ideal size for a major college CB prospect. Still, he's a player to keep an eye on from there. BTW's top prospect for the 2014 class seems to be 6-foot-5 defensive end Chad Thomas, who is being recruited by everyone. Miami is also recruiting QB Treon Harris, Brandon's little brother, from that school.

* Travis Rudolph made an early commitment to Miami but told Scout earlier this week that he will "most likely end up in the SEC" which has raised some questions to Hurricane fans. Miami has three factors working in their favor here -- 1) he grew up a Canes fan, 2) he committed to UM very early in the process, and 3) Steve Walsh is his high school coach at Cardinal Newman High. Still, the 6-foot-1 receiver is actively looking around at other schools. We saw what happened with guys like Keith Bryant and Alex Collins in the 2013 class. Fortunately for Miami, south Florida is loaded with quality receivers in the 2014 class. They'll get their share, with or without Rudolph. Don't rule out the possibility of Rudolph playing defensive back in college, either.

* Kenny Young was the most recent player to have landed an offer from the Hurricanes. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he's one of the top players in the state of Louisiana. The best thing Miami has working in its favor here is that he's cousins with former UM receiver LaRon Byrd. Unfortunately, the Canes offered later than schools like Alabama and LSU. They were able to grab Standish Dobard from there in the 2013 class but the difference is that Dobard's dream school was Miami. Getting Young, as long as schools like LSU and 'Bama want him, will be extremely difficult for the Canes.

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