UM Recruiting Scoop: 6/29

What's interesting about Miami's newest commitment? Who might soon be added to Miami's 2013 roster? Which out-of-state lineman doesn't seem to have much interest? How did a local receiver's visit here go this week? And what are Miami's chances with one of the state's top linemen who is set to announce soon? Read on for all that news, analysis, and more.

* The biggest news on Friday came in the form of another commitment. Demetrius Jackson (6-4/225), a defensive end from Booker T. Washington HS in Miami, committed to the Canes. He became the fifth player in the 2014 class to commit to the Hurricanes while not having a single other BCS scholarship offer (Nick Linder, Trayon Gray, Brad Kaaya, and Malik Rosier are the others). That number seems high, especially this early in the process. While Jackson offers some upside because of his size and athletic ability, you must wonder a bit why the UM coaches didn't wait a little longer on this one since he's never played high school football before. All players, including committed players, continue getting evaluated into their senior seasons but Jackson plays at one of the state's premier schools and seems like a kid Miami will have to take now, regardless of what happens during his senior season.

* 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.


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