* After landing a huge number of early commitments -- something that has become a trend under Al Golden -- the Canes got their first in over a month last week when Michael Irvin Jr. announced his pledge to the Canes. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Irvin was incredibly productive at a small school in Texas last year. He's now playing at St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior season, and is expected to put up big numbers there. He became Miami's fifth wide receiver commitment but it would not surprise me to see him end up being an H-Back or tight end here. He reminds me of a less athletic version of David Njoku, except with better ball skills. Either way, Irvin's understanding of the game, his ability to run good routes, and make plays will likely allow him to see the field early in his Miami career.
* One of those early commitments came from Joshua Uche, an OLB/DE prospect from Columbus High in Miami. He committed to the Canes a few months ago when not a whole lot of other schools had offered. The bigger schools have continued recruiting him, and he was offered by Alabama this week following a strong performance at their summer camp. Mario Cristobal has been recruiting him hard for the Crimson Tide, and now Miami will have some stiff competition. While he remains committed to the Canes, the Bama offer did impress him and it's likely only the first of many big ones about to come his way. Because of that, it'll be interesting to watch his status in the coming weeks. He's expected to be a hybrid OLB/DE in this defense, like a Trent Harris now and Tyriq McCord last year.
* Speaking of defensive ends, one player Miami fans should be keeping a close eye on is Jachai Polite from Mainland High in Daytona Beach. At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Polite plays both ways for the premier prep program in north Florida. He's named Miami his favorite since the spring, and there's a good chance he'll end up in this recruiting class. He's coming off an excellent junior season on the field. Some of his other offers include North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. He could be one of Miami's next commitments.
* Another defensive end prospect to keep an eye on is Brandon Bowen from the state of Texas. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Bowen is a Scout Top 100 player and has numerous scholarship offers. He told Scout over the weekend that Miami is one of the schools he plans to visit later this summer before school starts back up again. He says his father played baseball at Miami, and that's one of the reasons he wants to come down and check things out for himself. Bowen says he plans to make a commitment early in his senior season. He's a player to watch closely at this position.