* Trinity Christian High in Jacksonville has become one of the state's most heavily recruited prep programs in recent years. Despite Miami's struggles in recruiting that general area for so long, they were finally able to land Kendrick Norton, a 3-star defensive tackle, in last year's class. That connection seems to already be helping them with at least one 2016 prospect. 3-star linebacker Dominique Ross committed to North Carolina back in June and remains pledged to the Tar Heels but he told Scout this week that he plans on taking all of his official visits later this year. Miami is one of the schools he plans to visit before making a final decision. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Ross is also considering schools like Virginia Tech, UCLA, and Georgia. He's a player for Miami fans to keep an eye on as the season draws near.
* Jachai Polite is a three-star defensive end prospect from Mainland High in Daytona Beach, and he's been listing Miami as his top school for several months now. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Polite attended Florida'S Friday Night Lights Camp last week and came away very impressed with the Gators. Florida offered him a scholarship following the camp and he told Scout this week that the Gators are now even at the top of his list along with the Canes. The last defensive lineman the Canes offered from that school, Leonard Williams, wound up going to USC and becoming a top five pick in the NFL Draft. It won't be easy beating the Gators for a Daytona kid but he's certainly one worth watching moving forward.
* Another Jacksonville recruit Miami fans need to keep a close eye on is 2017 running back Jamari Peacock. At 6-feet and 225 pounds, he's a 4-star rising junior at Yulee High. The school's top prospect since Derrick Henry went to Alabama, Peacock visited Miami over the summer and came away impressed. He told Scout this week that the Canes and Florida are the top two schools on his list. It's very early in the process for him but he's a 2017 prospect Miami fans should know about.
* Rahshaun Smith is a hybrid defender who made a very early commitment to Clemson. At 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, he could end up playing either outside linebacker or defensive end at the college level. Miami offered him awhile back and never stopped recruiting him. He de-committed from Clemson this week and told Scout that Miami is one of the schools he plans on visiting later this year. LSU and Georgia are the other two main contenders here. A transfer to IMG Academy in Bradenton from his home state of Maryland, Smith is also still considering the University of Maryland. Either way, he's a very talented 2016 prospect Miami fans should know about.