UM Recruiting Scoop: 12/9

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 played host to three uncommitted players over the weekend. All three remain undecided following the visit.

RB Dalvin Cook is still committed to Florida, but has now taken visits to four other programs. He plans to announce his final choice at the Under Armour All-American Game in early January. Cook's Miami Central team plays for a state title next weekend, which means he won't be taking a visit to Florida. He's never been there for an official visit. It's between the Canes, Gators, and Noles. Al Golden made an in-home visit with Cook last week. He'll likely remain quiet on the topic but all signs are pointing in the positive direction for the Canes here.

WR Johnnie Dixon was set to announce his commitment Sunday night, following his return from UM. It didn't happen. He decided to delay the announcement. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is expected to be in his home Tuesday night, which likely means the Buckeye coach was able to talk Dixon into listening to one final pitch before he commits. All signs are pointing in the positive direction here as well.

DT Cory Johnson did not commit but has Miami right at the top of his list. A one-time Temple commitment (under Al Golden), Johnson has spent the last couple years at a Junior College. He committed to Kentucky over the summer but the Canes have made a push lately. His biggest issue, like a lot of Junior College prospects, will be getting into school. If he lines everything up with that, he'll likely start at UM next month. If not, he'll play for former UM coach Mark Stoops at Kentucky.

* Travonte Valentine won a state title on Friday, and said after the game that he plans to take official visits to Alabama and LSU in addition to Miami. The 4-star DT prospect from Miami has been committed to the Canes since the spring but it was his third commitment (Florida and Louisville before that). Valentine is set to receive an in-home visit from DL Coach Jethro Franklin and coach Hurlie Brown on Monday night.

* Derrick Griffin, a 4-star WR from Texas and a member of Miami's 2013 signing class, said Sunday that he plans on taking the ACT this coming Saturday. That score will help determine his future. If he scores high enough, he plans on being a Hurricane. It's no sure thing, however, and that's the last testing date available before the spring semester.

* 4-star DB Kiy Hester won a state title Sunday, and said after the game that he plans on taking an official visit to Miami this coming weekend. It'll give Miami a great chance to take a big step forward for the New Jersey standout.


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