Canes Recruiting Scoop: 8/21

The start of the college football season is now right around the corner but a lot is still happening on the recruiting front for the Canes. Mike Bakas has all the latest and breaks it all down.

* Miami has placed a major emphasis in recent years recruiting the Jacksonville area. It's paid off in the form of some nice additions/commitments (Darrion Owens included). Miami has struggled in landing offensive linemen in their 2016 class and one player they're starting to make better progress with is Jordan Johnson, a 3-star guard from Ed White High in Jacksonville. A current Georgia Tech commit, Johnson has been recruited by Miami for awhile now and he told Scout this week that Miami is one of the schools he plans to take an official visit to. Keep an eye on Rutgers here as well, considering his brother (Kaleb, a kid Miami recruited hard in Al Golden's first year here) plays there. Johnson's a quality O-Line prospect for Miami fans to keep an eye on.

* Ever since they landed Tyriq McCord from there, Miami's been active in recruiting Jefferson High in Tampa. They are back there this year focusing on a couple key 2017 prospects. One is quarterback Cade Weldon and the other is offensive lineman Jean Marcellus. Both players told Scout this week that Miami is the top school on their list right now. Marcellus is also considering some out of state schools but the Canes are the in-state school recruiting him the hardest right now. Weldon is the son of former FSU QB Casey Weldon, and he says FSU is his dream school. It may be a bit dangerous for Miami to accept a commitment from him and rely on him to be in the class simply because a late offer from FSU would likely result in a flip. It's still early, though, and Miami seems to plan on signing two quarterbacks in their 2017 class. Right now, though, Weldon is one for Miami fans to watch closely.

* The Hurricanes have actively recruited the Northeast part of the country for tight ends in recent years (and they've successfully landed David Njoku and Jerome Washington from that region). They're back there this year trying to land Jovani Haskins, a 3-star from New Jersey. He told Scout earlier this week that Miami is one of the four schools still on his list. Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia are the other three. He has family in Coral Gables, and many believe the Canes are in his top two along with Virginia Tech right now. Either way, he's a 2016 tight end prospect to keep a very close eye on.

* The Hurricanes have done a nice job recruiting defensive ends in recent years and they're trying to find even more for their 2016 class right now, despite already having several commitments. One player to watch closely is Jordan Woods, a 3-star from North Marion High in Ocala. At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Woods told Scout this week that Miami is one of the schools he plans on taking an official visit to later in the year. He spent his first three years at Trinity Catholic High but is now at North Marion, where he'll play with another key UM target in 4-star WR Freddie Swain.

* Speaking of Swain, Miami was one of his first offers. He's a very talented 2016 wide receiver prospect who told Scout this week that while he remains wide open with the recruiting process, Miami and Tennessee are two schools who will definitely receive official visits later in the year. The Canes have a nice group of wide receivers committed already but adding Swain would help push that group to being one of the top couple WR classes in all of college football.

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