UM Recruiting Scoop: Weekend

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

* Brad Kaaya came out this week and re-affirmed his strong commitment to the Hurricanes. Schools like UCLA and Boise State have made a strong push in recent weeks and months but Kaaya still has not taken any other official visits. He credits his relationship with James Coley as a big reason for his commitment to the Canes.

* Derrick Griffin, a member of Miami's Class of 2013, is still awaiting his ACT scores after taking the test a few weeks ago. Griffin, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver prospect from Texas, should learn about his score any day now. If he gets the necessary score, he's expected to start classes at UM on Jan 13. If not, he will sign elsewhere, or possibly head to a Junior College.

* Speaking of members of Miami's 2013 class, Ryheem Lockley has switched his commitment from Miami to Marshall. The 6-foot-3 tight end prospect from Virginia signed with the Canes last year but was unable to qualify. He spent the fall semester at Fork Union Military Academy and wasn't able to gain entrance into UM for this month. He will, instead, enroll at Marshall. The Canes now have just one tight end commitment in Georgia's Chris Herndon.

* Chad Thomas had a tremendous week at the Under Armour Game this past week. The 5-star defensive end from Booker T Washington High in Miami was very impressive all week. Scout's Scott Kennedy indicated that he could move up to the No. 2 DE spot in the national rankings. Thomas also said earlier this week that he no longer has plans on visiting schools like Alabama and LSU, like previously reported.

* J.C. Jackson was originally scheduled to announce his commitment at the Under Armour Game this week. The 4-star cornerback prospect from Immokalee changed his mind and will now wait it out. A one-time FSU commit, Jackson is currently committed to Florida. He has taken a few trips to Miami, including an official visit in December. The three in-state schools are his finalists, and Miami is trying hard to close the deal on him. If they can flip him, he'd be the most heavily recruited defensive back prospect in this year's class.

* A lot of people are wondering how the Al Golden to Penn State stuff will affect Miami's 2014 recruiting class. As of Friday night, since nothing has happened with Golden yet, it's still too early to tell. If he leaves, it's likely a couple recruits will de-commit while most would wait to see which assistant coaches are retained and who the new head coach would be. If Golden stays, none of this Penn State talk should negatively impact Miami's recruiting efforts.


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