Canes Weekly Recruiting Wrap

The start of college football season is just around the corner and a lot is happening on the recruiting front for Miami. CanesTime's Mike Bakas breaks down all the action from this week.

* The Hurricanes landed a much-needed offensive line commitment this past weekend when Navaughn Donaldson announced in favor of the Canes. At 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, he's a massive 2017 prospect from Miami Central HS. Some of his other offers included North Carolina, Illinois, and NC State. He's considered one of the top local O-Line prospects for the 2017 class. He is Miami's first offensive line commitment in either the 2016 or 2017 class.

* Soon after adding Donaldson to its commitment list, the Canes lost a big one when Amir Rasul flipped to Florida State. At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, Rasul is a 4-star running back prospect from Coral Gables High. The school's top running back prospect since Frank Gore, Rasul committed to the Canes back in January but Florida State never stopped recruiting him. It's a tough break for the Canes, but it's definitely not over. It's rare, however, for players to flip and then flip back to the school they originally committed to. The Canes now have two RB commitments in the 2016 class - Travis Homer and Zack Moss - and they are trying to add another one.

* A day after Rasul flipped, the Canes received a visit from Jordan Stevenson, a 4-star running back prospect from the state of Texas. He's a 2015 grad who was recently denied admission into Wisconsin. He also made a visit to Nebraska, the school he officially signed with today.

* Defensive tackle is always a position of need in any recruiting class and one player Miami fans need to watch closely is Jabari Ellis. At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, he's a 3-star prospect from the state of South Carolina. Miami is his only major BCS offer right now and he told Scout this week that he visited the school a few weeks ago and came away very impressed. The reason this is worth watching is because he plans to make his commitment before his senior season starts, and Miami doesn't have much competition right now. He could be added to the commitment list before long.

* Zach McCloud was a very early commitment for the Hurricanes. He's one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Florida for the 2016 class. The Santaluces High standout took a second summer visit to Auburn this week, and the Tigers are quickly becoming a major threat here. He visited earlier this summer and liked it enough to bring his family with him on this most recent trip. He's visiting Georgia today, and the Bulldogs are also in the mix. He plans on taking official visits to all three schools in the fall. As of now, Miami and Auburn are neck and neck and how the season goes for both schools will likely be a big part of his decision-making process.


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