UM Recruiting Scoop: 12/16

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

* RB Brandon Powell took his visit to Miami over the weekend, and other players said he was actively recruiting for the Canes. Since he plans to enroll for the spring semester, his visits are now over. Tennessee continues to stay in the hunt but all signs are pointing to Powell re-affirming his pledge to the Canes over the weekend. He's one of the fastest and most explosive players in this year's class.

* WR Johnnie Dixon did not announce his commitment over the weekend. He helped his team win a state title Friday but delayed his announcement again on Saturday. The 4-star receiver is choosing between Miami and Ohio State. He could go public with his decision at any time now since he doesn't have a time set for this week. He was spotted wearing an Ohio State hat before kickoff the other night and all indications are that the Buckeyes have made up enough ground to pull even, and perhaps take the lead, but Miami is still very much in this race and will continue recruiting him as hard as possible until he announces or until the dead period starts later this week.

* Travis Rudolph is another WR very high on Miami's recruiting board. The former Hurricane commitment took his official visit to Alabama over the weekend and my sources tell me the Crimson Tide are now considered the front-runner for the Palm Beach standout. Rudolph never took an official to Miami -- even though he was on campus as recently as last weekend. Florida State is probably the toughest competition behind Alabama right now but it's not looking real good for Miami's chances heading into this week.

* WR David Njoku says he thoroughly enjoyed his visit here over the weekend but he did not make a commitment to the Canes. He wants to take an official visit to Ohio State and says he's now also talking to Penn State about a possible January visit. Rutgers and Temple are also heavily involved. The Canes seem to be in good shape as of right now but he wants to take some January visits before making a final decision. They were able to convince Kiy Hester to jump on board now and cancel his January visits but not Njoku, which might not bode well for their chances here.

* The Canes have offered several offensive line prospects in recent months while searching for a 5th lineman in this year's class. One player to keep an eye on is Deland High's Ben Knox. At 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, Knox is a one-time Florida commit who has taken official visits to NC State and USF now. He plans to see Louisville and Kentucky in January. Miami is getting in the mix but has not yet offered. Don't be surprised if you start hearing his name more in the coming weeks, and possibly as a January visitor.

* Calvin Heurtelou took an official visit to Rutgers over the weekend. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, he visited Miami over the summer. He's a 3-star DT prospect from the Juco ranks. Arizona, Miami, Rutgers, and Tennessee are now his top four choices. Every additional visit he takes seems to lessen Miami's chances here. He says they slowed up in their efforts with him some during the season but things have picked back up lately, especially with the de-commitment of Dalvon Stuckey, the commitment of Claude Pelon to Rutgers, the loss of interest from Edmond Boateng (likely headed to Arizona State), and the news that Cory Johnson (who visited here the first weekend in December) will likely not be able to get into school in time for the spring semester. Heurtelou remains the top Juco DT target after Mike Wyche (current commit who visited here over the weekend).

* As I've mentioned a few times on here in recent weeks, don't expect Dillard DB Dennis Turner to be in this year's class. He committed to Miami over the summer, following a strong summer camp performance. However, he visited Toledo last weekend and I'm told that's a much more likely destination for him at this stage of the recruiting process.

* The cornerback Miami would like to replace Turner with is Immokalee 4-star J.C. Jackson, who took an official visit here over the weekend. Jackson, a one-time FSU commit, is currently committed to Florida. However, Miami never stopped recruiting him and he's been here a handful of times in recent months. The Canes seem to have put themselves in good position, even though they weren't able to flip him from the Gators just yet.

* The addition of safeties Marques Gayot and Kiy Hester over the weekend likely completes the safety class. Ryan Mayes has been committed since the summer. With three safeties in this class, the Canes likely won't take any more commitments at the position. That makes sense, especially since there are no realistic remaining targets there at this time.


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