UM Recruiting Scoop: 5/23

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

* D.J. Calhoun is one of the top linebacker prospects on the West Coast this year. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, the California standout was offered by Miami last month and says the Hurricanes were his dream school growing up. USC and UCLA have offered him too and he's been to both schools and came away impressed. He told Scout earlier this week that he plans to make a visit here at some point in the very near future. That visit could be huge. If distance isn't going to play a major role in his decision, Miami will be very much in the mix -- especially considering he grew up wanting to play here. Distance usually becomes a factor for kids out there, especially when they have elite options in-state. Remember the name, and know the visit will be very important for Miami this summer.

* Speaking of California, the Hurricanes made two new offers in that state yesterday. Austin Maloata (6-3/250) is a very talented defensive end prospect who grew up in Samoa. Unfortunately, he committed to his dream school (USC) recently. If Miami is going to have much of a chance with players like that, they have to get on him much earlier than the kid's dream school. That didn't happen here, which is going to make it very tough for them to flip him. Viane Talamaivao is the other player the Hurricanes offered, and he's from the same school. At 6-foot-2 and 315 pounds, he's still waiting on USC to offer which has increased his interest in leaving the state. Since schools like Alabama, FSU, and now Miami have offered, it's probably only a matter of time before the Trojans do. If they do, they'll likely be the team to beat. Right now, Alabama seems to have the edge over everyone. The big key will be getting him down here on a visit at some point.

* Isaiah Wynn is a very good interior offensive line prospect from Lakewood HS in St. Pete. At 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, Wynn was offered by Miami last week. He now has around 20 scholarship offers. His dream school was USF but now that he's being recruited nationally, it seems like his interest in them has faded a bit. He expressed a lot of interest in leaving the state earlier this spring, which was before offers came from Miami and Florida. Now his coach told Scout's Jamie Newberg today that Vanderbilt seems to have a slight edge right now. Again, it helps solidify the belief that he will end up leaving the state. Miami is actively recruiting him and it'll be important for them to get him on their campus before his interest grows too strong in other programs, including Vandy.

* Quenton Flowers is one of the top prep players, regardless of position, in the Miami area. At 6-feet and 210 pounds, he's a very good prep quarterback at Miami Jackson HS. He is coming off a tremendous season, and seems ideal to run the spread offense at the college level. He grew up a Miami fan, and the Canes have been recruiting him for a long time. They still have not yet offered, however, and a lot of other schools have. Alabama was one of his most recent offers, as an athlete. Since Miami doesn't run the spread offense, they likely won't offer him as a QB. It would have to be as an athlete, in which his speed comes into question. He's one heck of a player but wants to play quarterback in college, and that's hurting Miami's chances of a) offering him and b) getting much interest from him in return. Still, he's a local player to keep an eye on.

* The Hurricanes offered KeShun Freeman earlier this spring. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he's a 3-star linebacker prospect from the state of Georgia. He has taken spring visits to Duke, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee already and all three schools have offered him. He told Scout in the past that he has a lot of interest in Miami and would like to take a trip down here this summer. That would really determine his actual interest in the UM program. He told Scout today that he plans to visit Stanford, but didn't mention a Miami visit. Since he plans to make a June commitment, Miami's chances will all come down to whether he visits here in the next few weeks. There's a good chance he will, and Miami's chances would likely go up after that. Keep an eye on him in the next few weeks.


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