UM Recruiting Scoop: 11/25

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 is having an outstanding senior season for Chaminade HS in California. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Kaaya is a quarterback prospect who has been committed to Miami for several months now. His team is currently 10-2 and in the state playoffs. Kaaya has completed 62-percent of his passes this season with 2,871 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. He has rushed for 14 yards and one score on the season as well. While he remains committed, keep an eye on the schools out in his home state. Both UCLA and USC offered him recently and he's considering both schools. He's now attended USC (two weekends ago) and UCLA (this past weekend) games in each of the last two weeks. For comparison's sake, it would be like a South Florida kid being committed to USC but coming to a game. He also attended a preseason practice at USC, which makes two visits there since his original commitment to the Canes. Whatever chance you think Miami would have on a local USC commit who has visited here a couple times in recent months is about how you should view his interest. While he remains committed to the Canes, this one is far from over.

* Chad Thomas told Scout Sunday that he plans to take a few official visits after the season. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Thomas is a 5-star defensive end prospect from Booker T. Washington High in Miami. He committed to the Hurricanes back over the summer, but it should not come as a surprise that he wants to take a few other visits. In fact, that's common for high profile kids in the Miami area. Just last year four-stars Artie Burns and Jamal Carter took other visits (LSU and FSU) after making early commitments to Miami. Thomas has already seen schools like Florida State and Alabama, two schools he wants to take visits to, so the Canes appear to be in good shape. However, it's never going to be easy hanging onto elite level prospects who make early commitments. Thomas has strong interest in music and UM's strong music program helped land his original commitment. This is something we will continue to monitor in the coming weeks and months.

* The Hurricanes have three defensive end prospects committed right now, and they're still actively recruiting s few others which likely indicates they'd like to add at least one more in this class. One player at the position to keep an eye on is North Carolina's Kentavius Street. At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, Street took an official visit to Ole Miss a few weeks ago and told Scout Sunday that the Rebels and NC State are his top two. He's favored NC State all along, and has been on their campus several times. He is scheduled to take January visits to Miami and LSU and we don't really know how serious he is about the Canes until he visits. Miami fans should hope he doesn't make a commitment elsewhere before then.

* Speaking of LSU and defensive line prospects, the Tigers have scheduled an official visit with 4-star DT Travonte Valentine. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Valentine is a local DT prospect who committed to Miami a few months ago. The Tigers never stopped recruiting Valentine, who was once committed to Louisville and Florida as well. Since he's made three separate commitments and is still scheduling other visits, he's far from being considered a lock to be in this class. He's a player to keep an eye on at a major need position for the Hurricanes.

* You can scratch off Dalvon Stuckey from the list. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Stuckey is a Juco DT prospect who signed with FSU out of high school. He committed to Miami back in the spring but began setting up other visits earlier this season. After visiting Auburn for an unofficial two weeks ago he de-committed from the Hurricanes. And now he committed to Auburn a few days ago. Miami is likely out of the running. The Canes already have one Juco DT (Mike Wyche) committed and there are a few other possibilities (Calvin Heurtelou visited here in June and two others who may visit are Claude Pelon and Edmond Boateng).

* The Hurricanes have two cornerbacks committed, and it seems they're looking to add a third. One player to keep an eye on there is Dravon Henry from the Pittsburgh area. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Henry told Scout over the weekend that he has a final five of Miami, Pittsburgh, Maryland, West Virginia, and Louisville. While he hasn't scheduled any visits yet, those are the ones he wants to see. Miami's definitely in the mix but it'll be hard to tell how serious he is about UM until he visits here. It seems the top cornerback prospect on the board is Immokalee's J.C. Jackson, who has been committed to Florida since the summer. Jackson, a one-time FSU commit as well, has been to Miami a few times in recent months and has shown strong interest.

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