Canes Recruiting Scoop: 12/10

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.

* Mark Walton was one of the first players offered and visited by Florida's new head coach this week. The 4-star Hurricane RB commitment is fresh off a state championship and says that he plans on taking an official visit to Florida now. No other schools are seriously in the mix as of now. Walton had a tremendous performance in the state title game when he scored five offensive touchdowns. One of Miami's highest rated commitments, Walton remains solidly committed to the Canes but keep an eye on Florida making a late run here.

* The Hurricanes lost another commitment this week when senior WR Emonee Spence de-committed from Miami. The 6-foot-2 wide receiver has over a dozen other scholarship offers and I'm told that Louisville is now the team to beat. Cardinals wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas continues doing an excellent job recruiting players in South Florida. The Canes are down to just two WR commitments in the 2015 class and Spence was considered the best prospect of the three so this one stings. Two key remaining targets are Antonio Calloway and Devante Peete.

* Andre Smith is set to announce his final decision tomorrow at 11:30. The 3-star linebacker prospect is fresh off a state championship at Trinity Christian High in Jacksonville. At 6-feet and 215 pounds, Smith was once committed to North Carolina but I'm told he'll likely choose between Wisconsin and Nebraska. Al Golden visited his home earlier this week but he's never been here for an official visit so it's unlikely that he will choose Miami tomorrow. The Hurricanes are actively recruiting three players from that Trinity defense -- Smith, defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, and safety Ben Edwards.

* Three prospects were removed from the Big Board this week. Former OL commit Geron Christian, who the Canes were still recruiting, pledged to Louisville. He says the recruiting process is now over. Miami started recruiting Miramar RB Alex Anderson recently. A one-time West Virginia commit, Anderson also announced in favor of Louisville last night. Don't be surprised if the Canes continue recruiting him in case one of the three current RB commitments bounce from this class. The Canes hosted Juco OL Malik Cuellar for an official visit over the weekend. The mutual interest didn't last long as he committed to Missouri less than 24 hours after returning home from his Miami trip. It's unclear whether he would be eligible to get into school at UM so this was not a surprise.

* Marcus Lewis announced his top three last night -- Miami, Kentucky, and Washington State. A one-time Florida commit, Lewis was favoring Michigan early in the season. Miami has been recruiting him very hard from the beginning and now they're in good shape. Golden visited the 4-star prospect from Washington DC earlier this week. He and Booker T's Davante Davis appear to be Miami's two main cornerback targets in addition to current commitment Michael Jackson.



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