UM Recruiting Scoop: 7/22

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

* It was a very good recruiting weekend for the Hurricanes. They added new commitments from DL Chad Thomas and CB Nigel Bethel from Booker T. Washington HS in Miami. That means the Canes now have three commitments from a school that many thought could be a problem for the Canes after the Denver Kirkland situation at the end of January. Obviously, there are no remaining issues at BTW, which happens to be one of the premier prep programs in the entire state. Bethel checks in at No. 32 on my Preseason Top 100 list (No. 3 CB). Thomas checks in at No. 5 overall (No. 1 DL). Both will likely continue taking other visits so it won't be over until the very end -- especially with Thomas -- but being local kids who grew up following the program closely, both will most likely end up in this class.

* Thomas to UM wasn't the only positive news from the weekend on the defensive line front. Al Golden told local media that he expects both Quad Muhammad and Ufomba Kamala to report for the fall semester in the next week or two. Adding those two players from the 2013 class would be huge, as they will help fill a major need. Two remaining defensive linemen in the 2013 class -- Julio Derosier (a late commitment) and Devante Bond -- are still trying to gain eligibility for the fall semester as well. If the Canes can get all 4 DL in, that would be a major bonus.

* Staying on the D-Line front, Anthony Moten de-committed from the Florida Gators over the weekend. A 4-star DT prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas, Moten continued getting heavily recruited by Miami, even after his commitment to the Gators. Florida State is the top competition now but Miami seems to be in good shape. Like Thomas, this is one that likely won't over until the end.

* I spoke to Travonte Valentine over the weekend. The 4-star DL commitment told me he's been recruiting Chad Thomas hard to Miami lately, and was happy about his commitment. Valentine, a one-time Louisville and Florida commit, says he has no plans to visit any other schools. He is rock solid to Miami and seems to be actively recruiting for the Hurricanes. He is No. 15 on my Top 100 list.

* Kevin Bronson is a 3-star defensive lineman who earned an offer following camp here last month. He seemed on the verge of making a commitment. Now Miami seems to be slow-playing him a bit. He told Scout today that Rutgers is his new favorite and that interest from Miami has really become low lately. He is No. 72 on my Top 100 list.

* The head coach of Ely LB Terry McCray told me that McCray plans to make a visit to Miami tomorrow. At 6--foot-2 and 215 pounds, McCray is one of the top linebacker prospects in South Florida. He landed a UM offer recently. LSU is also on him hard, and he visited there recently but didn't commit. LSU has had a lot of success at Ely in recent years, starting with Patrick Peterson a few years back. From what I hear, there's a great chance that McCray ends up in Miami's class, and a commitment could happen real soon. He checks in at No. 82 on my Top 100.

* It seems like it's only a matter of time before QB Alin Edouard de-commits and announces a commitment to another school. A QB who committed here when Mario Cristobal was a coach, Edouard has made it clear that he wants to play in a spread offense in college. Plus, Miami took 2 new QB commitments (in a year when 3 is not needed) since James Coley became the offensive coordinator. Edouard told Scout that he could flip his commitment soon, and it seems like Tennessee is the most likely choice right now. He's at No. 52 on my Top 100.


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