Canes Recruiting Scoop: 12/7

The regular season is now in the books and Miami's coaches are out on the road recruiting. They just a little more than two months to finalize the 2015 recruiting class. Read on news and analysis on all of the latest.

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) and Booker T Washington (Miami) both won state championships yesterday. Miami had multiple coaches in Orlando watching the games and there were several Hurricane recruits playing.

* Ben Edwards is a 3-star safety prospect at Trinity. At 6-feet and 195 pounds, he was once committed to Ohio State and Auburn but is now open with the recruiting process. He's taken official visits already this year to Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Stanford. He told Scout's Jamie Newberg following the game yesterday that he also has a visit scheduled to see UCLA next month. Miami's in good shape to get his 5th and final visit. It appears as though OSU and Auburn are out. Some believe UNC is the leader as of right now. The Canes already have one safety commitment (4-star Quan Johnson) but they're trying to add one more and Edwards is a legit prospect.

* The Hurricanes have a major need at defensive tackle. With just one commitment (Ryan Fines) there, they're tying to add more. One player on the radar is Kendrick Norton, a 3-star prospect from Trinity Christian. At 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, Norton was once committed to Florida State but they went in separate directions. He told Scout's Amy Campbell after the game yesterday that he has two official visits set -- Miami (Jan 17) and Ole Miss. Virginia Tech and Florida are also in the mix but the Canes are very much in the running here. He has not yet taken any visits.

* The Hurricanes hosted a tight end commitment (Jerome Washington) on a visit here this weekend. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Washington is very talented but the competition level he's played against is way down. Miami is still recruiting a couple others at that spot and one is 4-star Devonaire Clarington, who actually plays defensive end for Booker T. Clarington has taken one visit so far -- Texas -- and told Scout's Corey Bender after the game that he now has trips lined up to LSU and Florida for later this month. Miami and Louisville, he says, are in line to get the remaining two. He's been to Miami several times for unofficial visits and has remained fairly open throughout the entire process so it's now likely going to heat up with the upcoming visits. Some schools like him on defense but Miami's recruited him as a tight end all year.

* Antonio Calloway wasn't able to play in yesterday's state game for Booker T because of a season-ending knee injury he suffered recently. At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, the 3-star WR prospect is still being recruited by several programs. He told Scout's Amy Campbell after the game yesterday that he will now start focusing on recruiting and begin setting up official visits. He listed Miami, Florida, Alabama, and Auburn to her as four likely destinations. Keep an eye on UF here, especially since he'd be able to catch balls from his former QB (Treon Harris). The Canes are still actively recruiting him. It's tough to get a good read on him so the visits will likely play a key role.

* The Hurricanes have one cornerback commitment (Michael Jackson) and they're definitely trying to add at least one more. One of the key targets there is Booker T Washington's Davante Davis. At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Davis was once committed to Syracuse but backed off that pledge when bigger schools - including Miami - started offering. He's already taken official visits to Florida State and Texas and told Scout's Corey Bender after the game yesterday that those two schools are at the top of his list right now. All signs are pointing to FSU at this stage of the game but the Canes are still recruiting him and will likely get a visit. He said Florida and Georgia are also possible visit destinations but the top competition for the Canes here is definitely FSU.

* The most impressive player in both games was Booker T running back Mark Walton. At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, the Hurricane commitment ran all over Bolles last night. The talented senior ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns and also caught several passes for 89 yards and two scores. A lot of people had wondered whether he had an extra gear to make him an elite back. He certainly showed it last night. Walton was outstanding and remains solidly committed to the Hurricanes. Listed as a junior on the roster, Walton was re-classified earlier this season and is now part of Miami's 2015 recruiting class.



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