UM Recruiting Scoop: 3/27

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 told Scout that he has a top 10 right now, and Miami is on it. He has offers from just about everyone. 6-4/280 from St. Thomas Aquinas. He's friends with UM commit Nick Linder. Moten says Florida was his dream school growing up, so they're going to be tough to beat in the end if they keep coming hard after him. Keep an eye on Bama too. Miami is doing well with their recruiting efforts with him, and I think UM would be in his top three as of right now along with those two SEC schools. The Canes need DT's and he's a kid they offered very early in the process.

* OL Nick Linder re-affirmed his UM commitment today to Scout's Amy Campbell. He's a very good interior OL at St. Thomas. He's not at Brandon's level -- mainly due to size and overall athletic ability. Nick will likely play center at Miami, and has a chance to be a very good one. He should be on the same level as guys like Tyler Horn and Shane McDermott. There's no reason to think anyone will have a chance to come in and change his mind. He's the definition of a solid commitment.

* Miami has offered a third player at St Thomas, WR Corey Holmes, however they don't seem to be near the top of his list. Look for the Canes to start going in another direction, especially since it's such a strong year for receivers in South Florida.

* The Hurricanes made a new offer today to DL Caleb Samuel. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he's from a private school in Macon, GA. Miami is his first real major offer. Schools like Georgia and Ga Tech are still waiting. I think it's interesting that he camped at UGA and Bama last year and has been on unofficial visits this spring to schools like FSU and North Carolina and he still doesn't have offers from any of them. It'll be hard to tell what Miami's chances will be until he takes a visit here at some point.

* Another new offer went to Ohio's Sam Hubbard. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Hubbard plays free safety at Moeller HS in Cincinnati -- the same school that produced OL Alex Gall in the 2013 class. He's a tremendous athlete for his size and extremely tough. He projects best as a OLB or DE at the college level. Unfortunately, Miami was late with the offer. Unless a kid grew up dreaming of being a Hurricane, anytime the Canes offer an Ohio kid after schools like Ohio State and Michigan it's going to be a major longshot. He's actually currently committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame. Either way, this one will be really tough in the end for Miami.


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