UM Recruiting Scoop: 9/19

Read on for the absolute latest recruiting news and analysis surrounding the University of Miami.

* The Hurricanes recently moved Gray Crow back too quarterback for depth purposes but it's clear after they moved him to tight end last month that they don't plan on him becoming a factor at the QB position anytime soon. Add in the recent departure of Kevin Olsen and it's more likely than ever that Miami will sign a second quarterback in the 2015 class. The top target appears to be American Heritage 5-star Torrance Gibson. Unfortunately for Miami, Gibson recently told Scout that Ohio State is his favorite and there's a great chance he'll end up a Buckeye. Look for another player to emerge at this position in the coming weeks.

* Miami's only QB commitment right now is Dwayne Lawson. The senior led Hillsborough High to a 33-24 win in their season opener two weeks ago by throwing for 226 yards and two scores and running for 126 yards and two scores. Things were much different in week two last Friday, as his team was shut out by Armwood. Lawson threw for just 123 yards but added 55 on the ground. While he's raw in his development as a passing quarterback, he's a tremendous athlete who will always be a threat because of his running ability.

* Dexter Williams is a four-star running back prospect from the Orlando area who committed to the Hurricanes back in April. At 6-feet and 190 pounds, Williams told Scout earlier this week that his commitment is at 90-percent and that he plans on setting up official visits to Southern Cal and Louisville in the coming weeks. Those are the two schools that pose the biggest threat for the Canes but they appear to be in good shape. New running backs coach Ice Harris was at his game last week.

* Speaking of running backs, the Canes lost a commitment from 3-star Jordan Cronkrite recently. The Westminster High standout is now considering Florida, Louisville, and others. It appears as though Miami backed off him, which makes you believe they feel good about the commitment status of the three other running back pledges -- Williams, 4-star Mark Walton, and 4-star Jordan Scarlett.

* The Hurricanes already have seven offensive line commitments in the 2015 class but they're still trying to add an eighth member in 4-star Jalen Merrick. At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, the New Smyrna Beach High standout has been to UM a few times -- including for a game earlier this month -- and the Canes are in a heated battle with Florida right now. It could go either way and Merrick plans on taking official visits to both schools before making a final decision.

* The Canes currently have commitments from three defensive ends in the Class of 2015 and tomorrow could give them number four. 4-star Jason Strowbridge, a 6-4, 255-pounder from Deerfield Beach High, plans to announce his commitment Saturday at 1 pm. He's one of the state's most heavily recruited players at the position and several signs point to Miami being the school he'll pick. His mom wants him here, he's been here several times, he says Miami has recruited him the hardest from day one, and staying close to home has always been important to him. Adding him would give the Canes a very good group of defensive ends in the 2015 class.


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