Canes Recruiting Scoop: 8/12

The Hurricanes are in the middle of fall camp but a lot is still happening on the recruiting front. Read on for all the absolute latest along with full analysis of all of it from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

* The Hurricanes have been active in recruiting the Tallahassee the last few years. It paid off in the form of OL Brendan Loftus last year. Now, their efforts have them as the top school for North Florida Christian standout safety Lyn Strange. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Strange is one of the top safety prospects in North Florida this year. While he's not being recruited by FSU and other major ACC/SEC programs, he is a solid recruit from one of the state's premier prep programs. It would be a big get for the Canes to be able to land a quality player from that school, as it would likely help them in recruiting that school in the future.

* Ahmmon Richards is a 4-star wide receiver from Palm Beach who made a very early commitment to Miami. At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, he's one of the state's most heavily recruited players at his position. Despite the early commitment to Miami several other schools have continued recruiting him. He told Scout this week that he plans on taking official visits later in the year to Tennessee, Auburn, and Alabama. If those visits actually take place then Miami will have its hands full in trying to keep him committed. Despite the struggles on the field in recent years, Miami's offense continues to appeal to top flight skill guys on that side of the ball mainly because of the potential to play with Brad Kaaya for a couple years. Still, this is one we'll be watching closely.

* Miami's most recent commitment came from 2017 cornerback Nick Roberts from Oakleaf High in Jacksonville. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Roberts is a very good cover guy with excellent ball skills. He plays on the same defense as 2016 linebacker commit Shaq Quarterman and finished his sophomore season with nine interceptions. That's the same school that sent Darrion Owens to Miami so it's becoming a bit of a Canes pipeline in the Jacksonville area. Roberts also had offers from schools like USF, Maryland, and Cincinnati.

* Jamel Cook is a 4-star safety prospect from Miami Central who made an early commitment to Florida State. The 6-foot-4 Cook has continued getting recruited by Miami ever since and he told Scout this week that he still plans on taking official visits to both Miami and Auburn. He's a kid used to playing for championships though so another poor season for the Canes will likely kill any chance they have of flipping him late in the process. He scheduled an official visit to Miami for December 12.

* Nate Craig, Scout's No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the 2016 class, told Scout this week that Miami is now in the mix to possibly receive an official visit. At 6-foot-4, he's a very gifted receiver from Tampa Catholic. Florida and Ohio State have been in the mix for awhile but he recently added Miami, North Carolina, and Notre Dame to his top list. UM tight ends coach Larry Scott is a big reason why the Canes are still in the mix here. He's been recruiting Craig for a long time and is considered one of the best recruiters on the entire staff.


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