UM Recruiting Scoop: 4/29

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

* The biggest news the last few days came as bad news for the Hurricanes. 5-star RB Sony Michel made his commitment to Georgia, choosing the Bulldogs over the Canes and a few others. It's a tough loss for the Canes, who had been actively recruiting Michel ever since Al Golden got the job here a few years ago. With Michel's brother likely transferring to UGA as well, things are going to be extremely difficult for the Hurricanes to change his mind sometime later on down the road. Look for recruiting efforts at the running back position to shift elsewhere. The top priority will likely become Miami Central's Dalvin Cook. A one-time Clemson commitment, Cook recently committed to Florida but is still being recruited by Miami and several others. He plans on taking some visits later in the year.

* Speaking of running backs, one player to keep an eye on from outside the state is Curtis Samuel from New York. He claims an offer from the Hurricanes, and is someone to keep a close eye on now that Michel is off the board. He turned in a very good performance at the Nike Camp up in New Jersey over the weekend. He told Scout at the event that he doesn't have a top 5 right now but the four schools recruiting him the hardest are Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee, and Maryland. The Canes could soon join that list, so stay tuned.

* Looking way ahead, Mark Walton says the Hurricanes offered him recently. He's a rising sophomore at Booker T Washington High. At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, he's a tremendous talent who played a role on their state title team last season. He grew up a Miami fan, attended the spring game, and has spent some time with Hurricane coaches recently. He's still young, but he's a player to remember for the future.

* The Hurricanes already have a very strong recruiting class along the offensive line. Four very good prospects have already pledge for the Canes, but they don't seem done there yet. It seems like pushing for a fifth offensive lineman to round out this class is what they're looking to do. One player who was recently offered is Demetrius Knox. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, the Texas product had been committed to the Longhorns for awhile. However, he backed off that commitment recently and says he's now considering seven schools -- Miami, Ohio State, Florida State, UCLA, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Oregon. He's been to Ohio State before, and they seem to have the edge over everyone else. However, Miami is very much in the mix here, and he's someone to keep an eye on moving forward.

* Speaking of offensive line prospects, you can scratch off Juwann Bushnell-Beatty from the list. The 4-star standout from New Jersey committed to Michigan today. That was expected, as he'd been favoring the Wolverines for awhile now. He claims the Hurricanes offered him about two weeks ago. It remains to be seen if Miami will continue recruiting him but it's doubtful, especially considering how strong Miami's offensive line class already is.

* Thomas Holley is one of the top defensive tackle prospects on Miami's board right now. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, the New York standout was named the D-Line MVP of the Nike Camp up in that area over the weekend. At the event, he told Scout that he plans on taking summer visits to Miami, Florida State, and Florida. That means there is definite interest in him coming down to this state to play his college football. He's considered an elite level DT prospect, and we'll know a lot more about his interest in UM following that visit. He's a player to keep a close eye on.


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