UM Recruiting Scoop: 9/11

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

* RB Brandon Powell plans on taking an official visit to Nebraska this weekend, which means that he will be switched to a soft commitment in the database. He tells us that Miami's coaches are OK with this visit, which leads me to believe there isn't a big cause for concern. Most South Florida kids take advantage of visit offers every year, and Nebraska isn't typically a school that poses a major threat. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Powell originally committed to Tennessee but was offered by Miami over the summer and committed a short time later. Powell is one of the fastest players in south Florida this year.

* DL Davon Godchaux told Scout today that he plans to take an official visit to Miami later in the year. At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, he's a 4-star defensive end prospect from Louisiana. He's already been to LSU a few times, including to their game last weekend, and they are definitely considered the team to beat. He plans to see Texas A&M this weekend, Florida in November, and his trips to Miami and UCLA are not yet scheduled. It'd be nice if the Canes get can him on a visit here, as that would be the first step in the right direction, but pulling him away from SEC country in the end will be very difficult.

* CB Nigel Bethel says he plans to take a visit to Utah this weekend, which is why he's now listed in the database as a soft commitment. At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, Bethel committed to the Hurricanes over the summer and the Utes are not likely to pose any type of threat to his commitment to the Canes. The Utes are starting to recruit this state, as it landed recent UM transfer Gionni Paul over the summer. Bethel remains rock solid with his commitment to the Canes.

* Montae Nicholson took a visit to Michigan State over the weekend, and came away impressed. He told Scout today that he also has in-season visits scheduled to Pittsburgh and Oregon. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, he's a 4-star safety prospect from the state of Pennsylvania. He has mentioned Miami all along, and recent cut his list down to five -- and it included the Canes. UM will try getting one of his final two visits but he's never been here before and pulling him away from Big 10 country might be very difficult in the end.

* Edmond Boateng says he remains in the mix for the Hurricanes as a Juco defensive lineman. The former Tampa-area prep standout says he watched the Florida game and "was very happy and excited that I have an offer from Miami." At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, he's a DE prospect who is expected to be ready to start somewhere in the spring of 2014. He was offered by Miami back in the spring.

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