UM Recruiting Scoop: 12/30

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

* A lot of people have been wondering about the commitment status of California quarterback Brad Kaaya lately. The 4-star took a flight to Orlando over the weekend to catch Miami's game against Louisville in person. He will return for an official visit sometime in January. The visit for Saturday's game is important, and seems to help solidify his commitment to the Canes. UCLA and Boise State are still coming after him strong but Miami doesn't seem to be in much danger of losing him at this point.

* Dalvin Cook was one of the top standouts from the first day of Under Armour All-American practices on Sunday. Originally scheduled to announce his final decision at the game on Thursday, Cook now says it could happen at any time during the week. Part of the reason why some believe he is no longer announcing during the game is because ESPN has a rule that players can not re-commit to a school at their games. Cook has been committed to Florida for several months, which means announcing at the game would indicate that it's between FSU and Miami. Cook probably wants to avoid that, and keep people thinking that all three schools are still involved. He visited here a few weeks ago, and has been a major target for the Hurricanes all year. Cook is a 5-star RB prospect from Miami Central HS.

* Travis Rudolph is expected to announce his final decision at the UA Game on Thursday. The 4-star WR prospect, a one-time Hurricane commitment, has taken visits to Miami, Alabama, Florida State, and Auburn. Those are the finalists. I'm hearing that Alabama is the expected choice. He is from Palm Beach County and coached by former UM QB Steve Walsh.

* Ermon Lane was voted the top overall performer at day 1 of UA practices. The 4-star WR prospect from Homestead says he remains committed to Florida. However, Lane told Scout Sunday that he received in-home visits in recent weeks from coaches at both Miami and Florida State. He has an official lined up for FSU next month, and there's a good chance the Hurricanes will get one as well. It seems like Miami's on the outside looking in right now for Lane but he's still an elite local player to keep an eye on down the stretch.

* WR Derrick Griffin, a 6-foot-5 two-sport star who signed with the football team back in the 2013 class, took his ACT back on December 14th. He should be getting his scores back any day now. If they're high enough, he'll be staring school here for the spring semester next month. If not, he will have to continue re-taking them and may end up having to attend a Junior College. Miami fans should be keeping their fingers crossed, as Griffin was heavily recruited as a 4-star from the state of Texas last year.

* Miami has four offensive line commitments right now but they're definitely trying to add a fifth member to that group. One of the key players there is Maryland' Damian Prince. The 4-star told Scout Sunday that he plans to visit Miami on January 31st, and then announce his final decision on Valentine's Day. He's already taken visits to Maryland and FSU. If he leaves his home state, FSU seems like the top competition right now. He mentioned his relationship with UM coach Art Kehoe as a big reason why he's strongly considering the Canes still.

* 5-star DE Chad Thomas told Scout Sunday that he's not sure that he'll take any January visits now. That comes a couple weeks after it was reported that he'll be going to schools like LSU and Alabama. Thomas now says he's fully committed to the Canes, and no January visits have been lined up. He took his official visit here a few weeks ago.

* Thomas has a teammate, Demetrius Jackson, who is also committed to the Hurricanes. While he remains solid with his commitment, he said Sunday that he does plan on taking a few January visits. As of now, his plan is to see Miami (Jan 17) along with Louisville and Arkansas. Until he takes those visits it's hard to tell how serious a threat they pose but as of now he's solidly committed to the Canes.

* Dennis Turner committed to the Hurricanes back in the summer after being offered following one of Al Golden's summer camps. As I first reported a few weeks ago, there's a very good chance that Turner will not end up in this year's recruiting class. The 3-star cornerback prospect from Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale has visited Toledo already and will likely sign with the Rockets or some other program. He remains on the commitment list for now, but it likely won't last much longer.

* The replacement for Turner on the commitment list the Canes are seeking most is Immokalee 4-star J.C. Jackson. At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, Jackson is currently committed to Florida but he visited Miami a few weeks ago and the Canes are pushing hard for him to flip in their favor down the stretch. He doesn't have an announcement date set.

* Daejuan Funderburk told Scout Sunday that Miami has the edge over West Virginia heading into January. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he's a 3-star safety prospect from Washington DC. He does not yet have a visit scheduled to Miami, and plans to see WVU on the 17th. With three safety commitments already in this class, it'll be interesting to see if the Canes create room for him in the class down the stretch. If he ends up taking a visit here, it's likely he'll have a spot. As of now, that seems to be up in the air. Jackson is the top option for that 5th DB spot.

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