Canes Recruiting Scoop: 7/20

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

* The Hurricanes are seeking their first offensive line commitment for the Class of 2016, and they have numerous offers on the table. One of the key in-state targets is Tarpon Springs guard Julian Santos. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Santos announced his final 10 late last week and Miami was one of just two in-state schools on the list, with USF being the other. The Canes are very much in the mix, and he's someone we will continue to follow closely.

* Brian Edwards is one of the top safety prospects in South Florida for the 2017 class. The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Miramar High made a very early commitment to Louisville but backed off that soon after the Hurricanes jumped into the mix with an offer. He told Scout's Corey Bender a few days ago that Miami is all over him and that they're one of the schools he's strongly considering. He's a young defensive back to keep an eye on.

* Guy Thomas is one of the top pass rushers in south Florida for the 2017 recruiting cycle. He played his first two seasons at Columbus High but is now at SJB Academy. Miami was his first offer a few months back and Alabama jumped into the mix a few days ago. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, he's expected to become one of the state's most heavily recruited pass rushers. He told Scout's Corey Bender a few days ago that Miami is still at the top of his list. Keep a close eye on Alabama, and perhaps Florida as well.

* Miami landed a very early commitment from 2018 cornerback Al Blades Jr. a few months back. The son of a former Hurricane safety, Blades plays cornerback at The University School. At 6-feet and 160 pounds, Blades has taken a couple trips to Florida State since making his commitment and the feeling was the Noles would likely offer soon. It happened over the weekend, so they're officially in the mix and will be worth keeping an eye on in this case moving forward.

* Speaking of 2018 commitments, Miami Northwestern linebacker Billy Joseph is another one for the Canes. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Joseph committed to the Canes a few months ago. They were his first and only offer but that changed over the weekend when Alabama added its name to the mix. While it's still very early, and all a commitment means at this state is that school is in the lead, Miami is still in good shape here. Anytime Bama offers a player this early, however, it's worth keeping tabs on moving on.


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