UM Recruiting Scoop: 7/31

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

* Ricky Town is one of just a few 2015 quarterback prospects who has an offer from the Hurricanes already. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Town visited here last summer and landed an offer when Jedd Fisch was the offensive coordinator. Since the Canes will likely try signing one elite quarterback in the 2015 class, Town seemed to be in that mix. He told Scout today that Stanford has offered and they're right with Alabama at the top of his list. He mentioned a few other future visit destinations and Miami wasn't one of them. As time goes on, it appears as though the possibility of Town to UM in 2015 is getting less and less likely.

* Brandon Powell is a very good player from Deerfield Beach High. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he's a very good two-way player who does a little bit of everything at the prep level. He committed to Tennessee earlier this summer but still camped at Miami and earned an offer from the Hurricanes last month. Today, he removed "committed to Tennessee" from his social media stuff, and I'm hearing that he's more wide open than ever. If he flips from his commitment to the Vols, Miami stands to be in great shape. The Canes are recruiting him on offense, as a RB/slot WR type -- perhaps a role similar to the one Dallas Crawford is playing right now.

* Although it's still a little early for the 2015 class talk, one player Canes fans need to keep a close eye on is Westminster Christian's Devonaire Clarington. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, he put his name on the recruiting map with a strong sophomore season at Miami Southridge High. With a strong offseason behind him, Clarington has offers from over 20 schools including Miami. He told Scout today that the three offers that stand out most to him right now are Miami, Alabama, and Notre Dame. He's an elite level TE prospect who the Canes will likely make a priority in next year's recruiting class.

* Speaking of tight ends, the Canes have only seemingly offered a few in the 2014 class. One is California's Tyler Luatua. The 6-foot-4 standout from California landed an offer from the Canes in the spring and talked about possibly taking a visit here at some point. He spoke to Scout today, and made no mention of the Hurricanes. He's more of a longshot than ever. With the Canes cooling a bit on Ravian Pierce and being a major longshot for Bryce Dixon, it appears as though New Jersey's Mike Gesicki remains the biggest target as the 2nd tight end in this class to go with Chris Herndon, a Georgia kid who committed here earlier this summer.

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