UM Recruiting Scoop: 5/29

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

* The Hurricanes have been targeting a large number of defensive end prospects in the 2014 class, so they're making it a big priority. One of the first, and only, players they offered inside the state is Jake Pugh. The 6-foot-4 pass rusher from Godby High in Tallahassee committed to Florida State today. They were always considered the team to beat. The Canes now have five outstanding offers to in-state defensive end prospects -- Chad Thomas, Keyon Brown, Trent Harris, Rohan Blackwood, and Justus Reed. All of them, except for Thomas, are considered OLB/DE types who could end up playing OLB in a 3-4 defense.

* Darius West is a talented safety prospect from the state of Ohio. He was all set to make his commitment to someone tomorrow but told Scout that Miami is starting to show some serious interest, which has possibly delayed his decision. The Canes have not yet offered, however, and likely won't until they get him on campus for a visit or for a camp. The Hurricanes have only offered a handful of safety prospects so far, so that position doesn't seem like a big priority for them this year.

* Speaking of safety prospects with offers from the Hurricanes, Cortez McDowell landed one back in April. At 6-feet and 205 pounds, he's one of the top defensive back prospects in the state of Georgia this year. He's already visited FSU and Tennessee and has June visits scheduled to those two along with Vanderbilt and Ohio State. Those seem like his top four choices right now, and the ones he has serious interest in. Miami seems to be on the outside looking in with this kid right now.

* Staying in the state of Georgia, another player who landed an April offer from Miami is 4-star defensive end Andrew Williams. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Williams told Scout that he plans to take summer visits to Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, and Texas. Since all four of those schools are a good distance away from home, it's likely that they're the ones he has the most interest in seeing of the ones he hasn't seen yet. He has already taken a visit to Miami, which indicated some strong early interest. The Hurricanes seem to be in decent shape but we should know a lot more about how serious he is about Miami after he takes these other upcoming visits. Either way, he's a player to keep a close eye on.

* The Hurricanes made an offer to 4-star OL Josh Allen earlier this month. At 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, Allen is an interior OL prospect from Jacksonville. He named North Carolina his leader very early in the process, and told Scout the same thing today. He also mentioned taking summer visits to Florida State, Georgia, and Kentucky. There was no mention of Miami and since he's never been here before it appears Allen's interest in the Hurricanes isn't real strong right now. That could change, but a more likely scenario is that he makes a commitment to UNC sometime this summer. Allen is just one of many OL prospects still being recruited by Miami for the 5th spot in what is already a very good O-Line class.


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