UM Recruiting Scoop: 7/10

Read on for all the latest recruiting news and information surrounding the University of Miami, with complete analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

* Brad Kaaya, one of three quarterbacks currently committed to the Hurricanes, told Scout that USC and UCLA have contacted him recently about attending one of their camps. He declined their offer, saying that he's completely committed to his decision of becoming a Miami Hurricane. That's a very positive sign, especially since it's likely that some schools out West will start recruiting him harder this fall, if he has the type of season everyone expects him to have.

* The Hurricanes offered Deerfield Beach RB/DB Brandon Powell a few weeks ago. While he says he's definitely considering the offer and could end up taking a visit here later in the year, Powell is still committed to Tennessee and other players have said that Powell is actively recruiting for the Vols. If that continues, it'll likely be very difficult for Miami -- or anyone else -- to steal him away from Tennessee's commitment list.

* 5-star RB Leonard Fournette is an elite player from the state of Louisiana. Miami offered him very early and he listed the Canes as a possibility at one point. He told Scout a few days ago that LSU and Alabama are his top choices, and that he's also still considering USC. This was always going to be a longshot for the Canes, but now it appears as though he's not even considering Miami anymore.

* Derrick Griffin says that he will not enroll at Miami until December (it would actually be in January, which is when the spring semester starts). At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Griffin was a late addition to Miami's 2013 class. Unfortunately for the Canes, if Griffin goes to prep school as expected then he'll get to go through the recruiting process all over again. He still has to qualify for admission here -- something a player like Angelo Jean-Louis was unable to do after he went there. Either way, as long as Griffin plans to return and is being recruited by Miami, he should be on the 2014 commitment list.

* The remaining players from the 2013 class that Miami is still waiting on are DE Alquadin Muhammad, TE Ryheem Lockley, DE Devante Bond, DL Ufomba Kamala, and DL Julio Derosier. Based on what I'm hearing, Muhammad and Bond are 50/50 shots. Lockley will attend Prep School. A lot of schools are trying to get Derosier to return to Juco for another semester instead of enrolling at UM in the fall. Kamala still has work to do, and is still being recruited by other programs who are also trying to get him to return to Juco for another semester. If a Juco kid returns to Juco, he'll be eligible to sign with another school for the spring semester.

* If I had to guess Miami's next commitment, I'd go with Ely LB Terry McCray. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he's a very good player for them and now seems likely to be in this class. If he does commit, that would give Miami four LB commitments and they're still in the mix with some national guys like Nyles Morgan, Kenny Young, and Antonio Smothers.


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