UM Recruiting Scoop: 10/4

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

* The Hurricanes will host their second official visitor of the year this weekend, as North Carolina's Arthur Williams is expected to be on campus. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Williams is a two-way linemen who is being recruited to play defensive tackle here. Interestingly, Miami was the first school to offer him back in the spring so the Canes have that working in their favor. East Carolina followed soon after, and then Florida State pulled the trigger with one. This will be his first official visit of the year, so the Canes have a chance to take a big step forward. Unfortunately, he told Scout two weeks ago that his top four schools were Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and FSU. Obviously, the other three schools have not offered yet so it seems like the Noles are Miami's top competition as of right now. We should learn a lot more about his interest in Miami after this weekend, and he's definitely someone to keep a close eye on.

* Brad Kaaya was offered by UCLA earlier this week. That's the one offer that most people expected would challenge his commitment to Miami the most. According to his coach, Kaaya plans to seriously consider the Bruins. Kaaya, one of the top QB prospects in California, committed to Miami a few months back when he didn't have any other BCS offers. UCLA is likely the first of many others he'll receive. One thing that could be working in Miami's favor is the depth chart factor. UCLA's starting quarterback is currently a sophomore. They also have two redshirt freshman quarterbacks and a true freshman (an Under Armour All-American from last year's class). While the Hurricanes have just two first or second year quarterbacks, the Bruins have three. UCLA does not, however, have another QB committed in the 2014 class like Miami does. He's gone quiet about the recruiting process since the offer. The fact that he's recruited so hard in favor of the Canes in recent months suggests the offer won't mean much. However, it will and it already has. He may be tough to hang on to in the coming months, but we'll continue to monitor the situation closely.

* Thomas Holley told Scout today that he's still considering five schools and that he has two official visits scheduled. Miami was not listed at all. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Holley is a 4-star DT prospect from New York, who already visited here over the summer. If he truly has a top five that doesn't include the Canes, Miami's likely out -- especially since he's already been here. Either Miami backed off, or he backed off with his interest in Miami.

* Montae Nicholson is one of the top DB prospects in the state of Pennsylvania. Miami offered him back in the spring and he's listed the Canes as an option all along. He took early season visits to Michigan State and Pittsburgh and plans to see Florida State this weekend. He is also scheduled to see Oregon. That means he has just one visit left. Since he's never been here before, Miami will have to get that last spot to still have a chance. There's a chance they could get it but it won't be easy. The fact that he's visiting schools like FSU and Oregon indicates that he probably has some interest in leaving his home state. Either way, Miami seems to be on the outside looking in here.

* Tennessee will play host to a pair of Hurricane wide receiver prospects this weekend -- Travis Rudolph and Braxton Berrios. Rudolph, a one-time Hurricane commitment, has already visited Ohio State. These two visits indicate some interest in leaving the state but many believe he will end up in-state. Playing for former Hurricane Steve Walsh at Cardinal Newman High, Rudolph is still considering the Hurricanes and there's a good chance he'll visit here later in the year. This one is far from over. Official visits, and then in-home visits from coaches after the season, will likely determine this one. Berrios, a 3-star speedster from North Carolina, visited here for the Florida game. He is set to announce his final decision next Saturday at noon. His father's family is from here. Miami is very much in the running and there's a good chance he'll choose the Canes next weekend. Especially since he's already set his decision date, his visit to Tennessee will likely give the Vols one last chance to catch someone on his list. It might be Miami or it might be one of the other schools he's already visited like Oregon or South Carolina.


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