UM Recruiting Scoop: 5/20

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

*Recent Hurricane quarterback commitment Brad Kaaya turned in a strong weekend, having competed in the regional Elite 11 workout in San Francisco. Scout had three recruiting analysts scouting the event and all three had very positive things to say about Kaaya and his performance.

"The Miami commit has a smooth, easy release and the game looks easy for him. He throws with great touch, spins it consistently and has plenty of zip. He can continue to improve his accuracy but does a nice job throwing on time and had one of the prettier deep balls in the event," said Scout's Greg Biggins.

Biggins voted Kaaya as the event's second top performer, while Brandon Huffman and Scott Kennedy each voted Kaaya as the top overall performer at the event. Either way, it's a real positive sign for the Canes and their future signal-caller.

* The Hurricanes are still recruiting a handful of running backs from across the country in search of a second back to add alongside Joseph Yearby. One of those players is Alabama's Racean Thomas. Scout spoke to him following his team's spring game over the weekend and it doesn't appear as though he has much remaining interest in Miami. Alabama was always considered the team to beat so he was going to be a longshot for Miami anyway.

* Jamil Kamara is one of the top overall prospects in the state of Virginia this year. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Kamara landed an offer from the Hurricanes earlier this year and he then cut his list down to nine schools last month and Miami made the cut. He spoke to Scout yesterday and said that he plans on taking a visit down here this summer. If that visit ends up happening, Miami's chances will likely go up even more. He seems genuinely interested in the Hurricanes, and taking a visit on his own dime would really strengthen that belief. As of now, Virginia is considered the team to beat but taking a visit here over the summer would be a big step in the right direction for Miami's chances.

* The Hurricanes continue looking for offensive line prospects from all over the country. They currently have a very strong class of commitments but they are definitely interested in adding a fifth player to that class. The most recent offer went to St. Pete (Lakewood High) standout Isaiah Wynn. At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, he's a very good offensive tackle who projects as a guard at the college level. Alabama is even recruiting him to play center. He's very good on the field and has had a very good spring at various scouting events. He told Scout a few weeks ago that he'd like to leave the state f0r college but that was before getting offered by Florida and Miami. USF was his dream school, though, so it seems like Wynn does have a lot of interest in leaving the state after making that comment recently. We won't know how serious he is about Miami until he visits here later this summer.

* Michael Smith is one of the premier pass rushers in South Florida this year. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, the Miami Northwestern standout was offered by Miami earlier this spring and has told me on a few occasions that UM was his dream school growing up. Scout's Jamie Newberg said today that we shouldn't be a bit surprised if Smith pulls the commitment trigger in favor of the Canes at one of their camps next month. Either way, as long as Miami continues to actively recruit him, it's likely only a matter of time before Smith adds his name to Miami's commitment list. He's being recruited like a solid 3-star prospect.

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