UM Recruiting Scoop: 8/2

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

* I continue hearing good news on the Brandon Powell front. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Powell is a RB/WR/DB prospect from Deerfield Beach High. He committed to Tennessee earlier this summer but then earned an offer following a strong camp performance here. The Canes sent him a written offer immediately on August 1 (the first day they could be sent), and I'm hearing that he's backing off his commitment to the Vols. Powell reminds me a lot of Dallas Crawford as a prospect. He's the state's top available running back, and he's from South Florida, so the Canes adding him to their class makes sense. It may not happen right away but I think it's only a matter of time.

* The Hurricanes also sent an offer to Juco OL Chad Mavety yesterday. He's someone they verbally offered back in January. At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Mavety is originally from New Jersey but he was unable to qualify so he went Juco instead. After a very strong freshman year there, he started getting recruited nationally. He took official visits this summer to Rutgers and Florida State, and also saw Alabama unofficially. He has Ohio State scheduled in November. Miami is trying to get one of his remaining visits. That will be their only chance, especially since he's never been here before. Their continued interest in Mavety indicates their desire to sign a 5th offensive lineman in this class, and also tells us that they'd be willing to dip into the Juco ranks for that 5th guy. Mavety is expected to graduate in December and will have three years to play two.

* Claude Pelon is a new name to the defensive tackle Big Board. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Pelon played high school football at a tiny school in Orlando. He didn't qualify and so he enrolled at Mesa JC in Arizona. He's now being recruited by a lot of big programs, including Miami. He told Scout yesterday that Nebraska and Washington are his top two, followed by Miami. If he puts a big emphasis on returning closer to home for college, the Canes will have an even better chance. Right now, that doesn't seem to be a big factor. Nebraska and Washington have been recruiting him longer, and harder, than the Canes. That could change in the coming months. Their continued interest in him tells us that they're still willing to dip into the Juco ranks for a second Juco DT (Dalvon Stuckey is already committed). Calvin Heurtelou is another Juco DT on the radar, and he visited here back in June.

* Kenny Young announced his final 10 today, and Miami was on it. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he's a 5-star caliber LB prospect from the state of Louisiana. While Miami offered him very early and he's shown interest all along, he still has not visited and that will make it tough to tell what Miami's chances really are. He has all three Florida schools on his final 10, indicating a lot of interest in playing in Florida. It will be tough, however, for everyone involved to pull him out of LSU. He's visited there a few times, and even camped there recently just to work with their coaches (despite having been offered a long time ago by the Tigers). Miami seems like a longshot, but he's an elite player worth watching.

* D.J. Smith is a new name to the safety board. At 6-feet and 200 pounds, he's a 4-star player from the state of Georgia. He's originally from the state of Florida, and grew up a Florida fan. He's no longer listing UF at the top of his list, however. Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee are his top three, he says. He plans to take an official visit here the weekend the Canes host the Gators. It's worth noting that, despite having an offer from them, Georgia is not among his top choices right now. That, coupled with the fact that he's originally from Florida, tells us that pulling him away from the state of Georgia likely won't be as tough as a lot of other high profile players. His true interest in UM won't be known until after his visit here but he's definitely a player to keep a close eye on at the safety position.


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