UM Recruiting Scoop: 12/2

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

* This week begins the contact period, which means college coaches can make in-person visits (at school and at home) with top prospects. A school may send a coach for an in-person visit once a week through signing day (minus a couple dead periods). Head coaches are only permitted to make one in-home visit with each prospect. Basically, recruiting kicks into another gear this time of year. Some current commitments will sign elsewhere. New recruits will emerge. Surprises will happen. It happens every year, and is simply the nature of the business. We'll be sure to keep you updated on all the latest.

* Brad Kaaya told Scout over the weekend that he remains a "solid commitment" to the Hurricanes, despite taking recent unofficial visits to USC and UCLA. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Kaaya is a 4-star QB prospect from California. Miami is expected to visit with him soon, and he said the possibility exists that he'll take official visits to both the in-state schools although nothing has been lined up yet.

* Joseph Yearby injured his ankle in his game Saturday night. His coach told the Miami Herald that he's expected to miss five weeks before being back in action. Since their season can only go two more weeks, Central will be without its top rusher for the rest of the season. He finished his senior season with 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. Yearby, 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, has been committed to the Hurricanes for several months and is trying to enroll in school for the spring semester.

* Johnnie Dixon is scheduled to make his commitment announcement next Sunday. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Dixon had over 120 yards and two touchdowns in Dwyer's big win over St. Thomas Aquinas in the state semi-finals Friday night. He's a 4-star WR prospect who has a group of finalists that include Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, and NC State. He's been to UM on several occasions, and that's my prediction as of today. Miami has a solid WR class already but Dixon's considered the best prospect of the group.

* While some people expect 2013 signee Derrick Griffin here for the spring semester, another name is emerging for that role (the 6-5/220 WR/TE). His name is Jamal Custis. He's from the Philly area, and has ties to UM. His brother, Kadeem, played for Al Golden and his staff at Temple. Jamal is now being recruited by Miami. He's currently committed to Syracuse but a visit here could shake things up some. He set several school records in football and is also a very good basketball player.

* The Hurricanes lost a Juco DT commitment recently when Dalvon Stuckey flipped his pledge from Miami to Auburn following a visit there. The Canes, who already have a commitment from Juco DT Mike Wyche, are still recruiting a few others. One of those players is Edmond Boateng, a former Tampa area prep standout who was offered by the Canes back in the spring. He was offered by Arizona State a few days ago and my sources say they're the team to beat right now. He's expected to announce his decision in two weeks. Juco players eligible to enroll in the spring semester can sign in mid-December.

* The Hurricanes definitely need a couple safeties in this year's recruiting class. They have one, Miami Northwestern's Ryan Mayes, already committed. One key prospect is Kiy Hester, who can also play cornerback. He's a 4-star player from New Jersey and he took his first visit (Michigan State) over the weekend, and came away impressed. He did not commit to the Spartans, however. He's set to see Arkansas next and plans to visit Miami sometime in the next several weeks.

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