UM Recruiting Scoop: 10/7

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

* Brad Kaaya continues getting heavily recruited. The Hurricane QB commitment from California added an offer from USC last night, becoming just the 2nd QB in California to have received offers from both USC and UCLA (who offered him last week). He visited both schools, even after his UM commitment, so there is a slight reason for concern. However, there's no reason to get too concerned until he acts upon these offers (taking an official visit, spending time with coaches on their campus, etc). As of now, he is solidly committed to the Hurricanes. The way he's being recruited is making Miami's early offer to him back in the spring seem more and more impressive.

* Braxton Berrios took an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend, and came away impressed. My UT sources are telling me the Vols don't feel real good about their chances, however. He had a decision date (Oct 12) scheduled awhile back, and this visit didn't force him to delay it any. From what I'm hearing, his decision will likely come down to Miami and Oregon. He visited here back in early September when Florida came into town, and he has family from the South Florida area. However, Oregon's offense has been a machine lately. Distance could end up playing a big role here for the 5-foot-10 receiver from North Carolina.

* Bryce Dixon took an official visit to Florida this past weekend, his second time on their campus. He's also taken one unofficial visit to Miami. Anytime a kid from California takes three separate trips across the country and into Florida, it tells you that he has serious interest in getting away from home for college. The 4-star tight end was thought to be favoring USC but their recent coaching change seems to have shaken things up a bit. Until their situation settles, which likely won't happen until after the season, it'll be tough to tell what Dixon's going to do. He has Miami on his list of possible visitors, and remains one of just a few tight end prospects nationally with an outstanding offer from the Hurricanes.

* J.C. Jackson visited Miami for the 2nd time this season this past weekend when he attended the Georgia Tech game. Jackson is a 4-star cornerback prospect from Immokalee, who committed to Florida State as a junior and then switched his pledge to Florida during the summer. Miami offered him early on, and never stopped recruiting him. Especially considering Florida's game started right at the time the Miami game ended, Jackson seems to have some genuine interest in becoming a Hurricane. It's still too early to tell if Miami will be able to flip him but the things he's doing certainly are pointing in the right direction for the Canes.

* The newest scholarship offer went out to Georgia safety Tre Neal. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Neal says the Hurricanes offered him on Saturday. He has Miami in his top three along with West Virginia and UCF, and says academics will play a major role in his decision. The Canes would seemingly be in good shape if competing against those two schools for a major college prospect from Georgia. He's not being recruited by many SEC type schools, so this is a kid Miami hopes to have made a strong evaluation on. You never know until he actually visits here but the Canes will likely be in solid shape moving forward. The Canes need to add a couple safeties to this year's class after signing just one (Jamal Carter) last year. Ryan Mayes is already committed, and the Canes will be looking to add a 2nd player to that list. Neal is someone to keep a very close eye on in the coming weeks and months.


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