UM Recruiting Scoop: 4/23

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 recently offered Derrell Scott from the state of North Carolina. He told Scout on Sunday that he has plans to take visits later this spring/summer to Florida State, Florida, "and maybe another couple schools" in Florida. He then mentioned five schools at the top of his list, and Miami wasn't mentioned. Based on hearing those two things, I have to believe the Canes are a major longshot right now.

* Speaking of running backs, all eyes will be on 5-star Sony Michel when he plans to make his final decision on Friday. Miami, FSU, Florida, and Georgia seem to be the four finalists. If the Hurricanes are able to get a commitment from him, coupled with current 5-star commitment Joseph Yearby, their efforts to recruit other running backs will go down a lot. Stay tuned for more on Michel and his expected decision later this week.

* Miami landed a very early commitment last year when Travis Rudolph pledged for the Hurricanes. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he's a talented two-way player from Cardinal Newman High and is coached by former UM QB Steve Walsh. Rudolph backed off his commitment from the Hurricanes recently, but is still considering the Canes and is still being actively recruited. He turned in a tremendous performance at a 7on7 tournament this past weekend.

"Rudolph was every bit as dominating as Scott and Lane and he did it on both sides of the ball at receiver and safety," said Scout's Jamie Newberg. "This kid has strong hands and catches the ball away from his body. He's smooth and runs well. Defensively, he's a pure ball-hawk that shows range."

* 4-star OL Demetrius Knox de-committed from Texas yesterday. The Texas product was offered by Miami recently but the Hurricanes don't seem to be seriously in the mix right now. Ohio State seems most likely to benefit from this news as of now. That's not really the important part. What could be is that the Canes are still recruiting other offensive line prospects, despite having a very strong class of four committed right now. Five seems to be the number they desire. Corey Martinez, a 4-star guard from Tampa Catholic, is probably the most likely target remaining.

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