UM Recruiting Scoop: 4/8

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

* Arthur Williams says the Hurricanes offered him a couple days ago. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, he's a very strong (30 reps at 185 at a recent combine) and fairly athletic defensive end from the state of North Carolina. He projects as a defensive tackle in college. Miami was the first school to offer him and he says he actually spent part of his childhood rooting for the Hurricanes. That was until he moved to Georgia, which is when he started pulling for the UGA Bulldogs. Either way, he's a player at a need position for the Hurricanes and someone that could be pulling the trigger at some point in the near future in favor of the Hurricanes. If a lot of other premier school start offering, it'll likely slow his thought process way down in terms of committing early but right now he's someone for Miami fans to keep a close eye on. The interesting thing here is that he has just one offer and it's almost the middle part of April.

* Speaking of Miami offering first, the Canes were the first school to offer Andrew Beck earlier this year. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Beck is a very good linebacker prospect from Tampa Plant. Coming from one of the state's premier programs (and one that produced CB Antonio Crawford to UM two years ago), Beck is very tough, smart, and productive. He now has scholarship offers from schools like Florida State, Texas, and Stanford. He's a high-level academic kid who was offered by just about every school he visited this spring. He plans to announce his college decision tomorrow night at his high school. When he does it, expect it to be final since he's already visited several schools and is very comfortable with knowing what he wants to do. Miami seems to be a longshot right now but it's worth keeping an eye on.

* Michael Smith was offered by Miami last week. He told Scout today that he grew up a Miami fan, and could be making a spring decision at some point in the near future. He told me about a month ago that Miami was his dream school, and the one he hoped would offer most. All signs are starting to point to Smith likely choosing the Hurricanes in the very near future. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Smith is one of the premier pass rushers in South Florida for the 2014 class and he also has offers from schools like Clemson, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

* Austin Roberts is a player Miami offered very early in the recruiting process. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he played his first couple years of high school at Plant HS in Tampa. He left and has since been going to school near Indianapolis. Roberts is the son of former UM tight end Alfredo Roberts, and he grew up following the program. He told Scout that he took a recent visit to UM for spring break and came away impressed. One of his good friends back at Plant is UM DB Antonio Crawford. Roberts is a big receiver who could end up being a very good H-Back at the college level. He also visited Florida, and came away impressed. They seem like Miami's top competition right now. He doesn't plan on making a decision anytime soon but Miami seems to be in very good shape, and he has UM in his bloodlines. He's someone Canes fans should be watching closely.

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