UM Recruiting Scoop: 6/6

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 of the day is the commitment from Courtel Jenkins. At 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, Jenkins is a 3-star caliber DT prospect from New Jersey. He started getting recruited by Miami in the spring and was invited to camp here last weekend. He earned an offer from his performance, and committed to the Canes today. Maryland and Pittsburgh were his two other BCS offers. I like out of state kids who get offered after camp because it means the offer is fresh after the coaches had a chance to evaluate the kid up close. They saw how he learns, how he works, and the condition he's in. Those things are very important, and can't often be seen on film. Jenkins reminds me a lot of Curtis Porter, and will likely play the nose here. He offers yet another example of why it's reasonable to believe the Canes will be playing a lot of the 3-4 defense in the very near future.

* The Hurricanes still have a few scholarships left over from the Class of 2013, and one could end up be given to American Heritage standout running back Walter Tucker. At 6-feet and 200 pounds, Tucker is one of the area's top track athletes and is likely going to begin his college career on a track scholarship at Miami. He offers some upside in football because of his size/speed/athleticism, so he's someone to keep an eye on down the road in terms of using a football scholarship and possibly making an impact.

* With commitments from two defensive tackle prospects now, the Canes will likely be looking to add one more to the mix Khairi Clark is one of the biggest names remaining. At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Clark is a national recruit from nearby Chaminade Madonna High. He grew up a Miami fan, has been on campus a few times, and has a good relationship with the UM coaches. He visited Florida recently and now says the Gators are right there alongside Miami. He will see a few more schools this summer, and is keeping his options open. Miami still seems to be in good shape, and it'll be interesting to see how hard they continue recruiting him compared to some other top notch DT prospects still remaining.

* Another key target in New Jersey for the Hurricanes is Kiy Hester. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, he's a 4-star defensive back prospect who landed a very early offer from the Hurricanes. He told Scout that his final seven are Miami, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Virginia. He already has officials set to Vandy and Michigan State, so the other five schools seem to be competing for his final three visit slots. Miami's definitely in the mix and has been recruiting him for a long time. He plans on making a decision late, so Miami's only chance will be of getting him on campus for a visit. That's very possible, and is someone to keep a close eye on.


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