Elite local WR picks OSU -- now what for UM?

4-star wide receiver Johnnie Dixon announced in favor of Ohio State earlier today, ending Miami's chances on a kid they recruited for more than two years. What does it mean for the recruiting efforts at that position? Lets break it down.

However it happened, it's over now. Johnnie Dixon visited Miami more than a dozen times over the last year or so and today he announced his commitment -- he's headed to Ohio State.

It's a big loss for the Hurricanes. Dixon was probably the most heavily recruited wide receiver in South Florida this year. The Dwyer High standout recently cut his list down to three schools who could not have recruited him any harder -- Miami, Ohio State, and Alabama.

Sure, the Canes have four commitments at the position right now. However, that group doesn't include a player who was as heavily recruited as Dixon was.

Darrell Langham and Tyre Brady -- both 6-foot-4 -- give Miami a pair of big receivers it badly needed in this class. And considering the fact they're still recruiting David Njoku (a 6-4 kid from New Jersey), they are still looking to add another big receiver to this class.

Braxton Berrios and Trayone Gray give Miami two more players at the position.

That doesn't seem to be enough.

The next most heavily recruited player still on the board is Cardinal Newman High standout Travis Rudolph, a one-time Hurricane commitment. The 4-star prospect took an unofficial visit here two weekends ago but his coach (former UM QB Steve Walsh) told Scout last night that his main schools appear to be Florida State, Florida, Auburn, and Alabama. Miami seems to be on the outside looking in. However, with today's news on Dixon the Canes will likely put forth even more effort to get Rudolph to jump on board.

If they're unable to make that happen, it's likely they'll put all of their efforts into Njoku and Homestead High's Ermon Lane.

Lane, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, has been committed to Florida for several months now but the Canes are still recruiting him. He has not yet scheduled a visit to Miami but the Canes will likely try very hard to make that happen sometime in January.

JoJo Robinson, a Florida State commitment from Miami Northwestern High, doesn't appear to be a legitimate option anymore for the Hurricanes. The same goes for Steve Ishmael from North Miami Beach High.


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