* While the Canes are trying to load up on defensive linemen in the 2014 class, they are still missing a few key 2013 players. Ufomba Kamalu, Devante Bond, and Alquadin Muhammad signed with the Canes back in February but still haven't qualified for admission yet. That is why the Canes seem to be trying to add guys to the 2013 class. One is Julio Derosier, a Juco transfer who is trying to make it in time for the fall semester. Another seems to be emerging in former Wisconsin DE David Gilbert. A Broward County native, Gilbert was a full-time starter last season for the Badgers but has ended his football career there. He graduated in May and there's a good chance he'll transfer to Miami for his senior season -- the same way punter Pat O'Donnell did.
* Another defensive lineman the Hurricanes are recruiting in the 2014 class is Arthur Williams. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Williams is from North Carolina and landed an offer from the Canes two months ago. Florida State followed soon after that. When we spoke to him yesterday, Williams told us that South Carolina is actually his number one choice right now. Since the Gamecocks haven't offered yet and he's already visited Miami, and still has USC ahead of the Canes, it's probably safe to assume that he doesn't have much interest in coming here.
* Steve Ishmael visited Miami on Thursday, and told us yesterday that he was very impressed with the visit. He spent time with the coaches and has developed a good relationship with them. One of the state's top WR prospects, Ishmael has Miami in his top group along with a few mid-tier out of state schools. Oddly, the main competition here isn't schools like Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU, etc. Instead, it's schools like Illinois and Syracuse. Either way, the Canes appear to be in good shape and Thursday's visit seems to have helped.
* Corey Martinez is a very good interior offensive line prospect from Tampa. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, he has offers from just about everyone. He plans to announce his commitment while at The Opening on Wednesday. He's expected to stay in-state and choose between Florida State and Miami. He's visited here, developed a good relationship with the coaches, and I believe he'll announce in favor of the Hurricanes next week. If that happens, he'd be a 5th member to what has to be considered the nation's top offensive line class.