UM Recruiting Scoop: 6/19

A 4-star DB has Miami in his top five. Two elite level defensive linemen have eliminated Miami. A top pass rusher is set to visit this weekend. Read on for analysis on all that and more.

*Chris Lamons gave Scout an updated top five list yesterday. Miami was on it. At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, he's a prep quarterback from Plantation but has been working out at DB this offseason and cornerback is where all the college coaches want him to play. Miami was his first major offer, and he grew up a Canes fan. Plus, he's been on campus in recent months. Those are just some of the reasons why Miami's in good shape here. He's also visited Florida and Tennessee and plans to see South Carolina and Alabama later this summer. Those are the five schools who make up his top group.

*JoJo Robinson made an early commitment to Florida State but that never stopped Miami from recruiting him. At 6-feet and 175 pounds, Robinson is one of the state's top wide receiver prospects. A Miami Northwestern standout, Robinson grew up a Miami fan and says the Canes offered soon after his commitment to the Noles. We spoke to him last night and he made it very clear that he's still open and Miami is definitely in the mix. If the Canes really push hard down the stretch, there's a good chance they'll flip him in their favor.

* The Hurricanes need defensive linemen badly. They're recruiting a bunch, and have offered more players at that spot than anywhere else -- by a good margin too. A couple players who landed early offers -- New Jersey's Garrett Dickerson and Virginia's Andrew Brown -- both cut their list down yesterday and Miami didn't make the cut for either player. They weren't expected to be serious contenders for either player but those two guys have now been removed from the Big Board.

* Speaking of defensive linemen, one player who is a legitimate option is CCC's Justus Reed. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Reed is a pass rushing specialist who landed an offer from the Hurricanes during the May evaluation period. His father played at North Carolina, and Reed visited there last week. They currently have the edge over everyone else. Miami will get a crack at him this weekend when he makes a visit here. If the Canes can't pull even with UNC after this weekend, it'll likely be a longshot from there. This weekend will tell a big story here, especially in regards to Miami's chances.

* Kendall Randolph was one of the first defensive backs the Hurricanes offered this year. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, he's a 4-star level DB prospect from Lincoln High in Tallahassee. He told Scout today that he plans to visit Miami sometime later this summer. They'll need a strong visit then because he named FSU, Georgia, and South Carolina as his top three choices. Because of his location, Randolph is expected to end up at Florida State. They're the team to beat. Visits to UGA and South Carolina allowed them to pull close but Miami will need to really blow him away on the visit to have a legitimate chance.


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