UM Recruiting Scoop: 6/20

A 4-star defensive lineman says the Hurricane are recruiting him the hardest. A 4-star defensive back who grew up a Miami fan is interested again. And a new 4-star player is emerging on Miami's recruiting board. Read on for news and analysis on all that and more...

* Wide receiver is a position of need for the Hurricanes in the 2014 class and one of the first kids they offered at the position is Taylor County High standout Moral Stephens. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Stephens plays wide receiver in high school but worked out as a tight end at Florida's camp a few days ago. Since most high school players prefer playing WR to TE, that was likely the choice of the Gator coaching staff. He's added a few pounds since the bulk of his offers and will likely be a hybrid guy at the next level. Either way, he's taken a few visits this summer and Miami hasn't been one of them so he's likely a longshot anyway.

* One of the biggest targets along the defensive line this year is Booker T. Washington 4-star Chad Thomas. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Thomas told Scout today that Miami seems to be recruiting him the hardest. He plans to visit here this weekend to spend some time with the coaches and around some of the current players. Thomas remains wide open with the recruiting process. No relation to Matthew Thomas from the 2013 class, Chad is being recruited nationally and won't likely make a final decision until right around National Signing Day. The Canes seem to be in as good as shape as anyone right now but the official visits and in-home visits later on will likely tell the big story.

* Arrion Springs is a very good defensive back prospect from the state of Texas. He was offered by Miami early in the process, and even told Scout at one point that he was a big Canes fan growing up. A few weeks ago he announced a final list of schools that didn't include Miami. Things are back on, as Springs confirmed with us that Miami is back on his list of finalists. He's one of the state's top DB prospects and is being recruited nationally. Especially because of his interest in UM growing up, Springs is a player to keep a close eye on.

* Speaking of DB prospects who are being recruited nationally, Erick Smith is someone to watch. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he's a 4-star safety prospect from the state of Ohio. While the Buckeyes and everyone else up there have already offered which should make it very tough to pull him away from there, he told Scout today that he'd like to take a visit to Miami later this year. I haven't been able to confirm whether the Hurricanes have offered yet or not but they're definitely recruiting him. He might be someone to keep an eye on, especially if he gets more serious about actually taking a visit here later in the year.


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