UM Recruiting Update (7/26)

National Signing Day is still several months away and there's a lot going on with recruiting. Read on for the all the latest....

Note: This is to the best of my personal knowledge based on talking to the recruits and gathering information from around Scout.com.

Quarterbacks:
Taylor Cook and Jacory Harris are both committed. Because they got 2 kids they wanted early, UM probably doesn't have anyone else on the immediate radar right now.

Running Backs:
If S. McNeal gets in, that means UM will have 3 freshman running backs. I really dont think getting one this year will be a priority. With that said, 2 kids to keep an eye on are Jerico Nelson (a possible safety) and Cyrus Gray from Texas. Nelson worked in as a RB at UM's camp while Gray has the Canes as one of the schools he's looking at.

Wide Receivers:
Aldarius Johnson, Davon Johnson, and Thearon Collier have all committed. They probably have room for 2 more and I think the ones they want are Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin. There are some out of state possibilities but they appear to be longshots at best -- Chris Tolliver (LA), Burton Scott (AL), Mark Barron (AL), Marcus Sales (NY), and Aaron Boyd (KY). Benjamin is very high on UM and has an offer but may be holding out to see what the Gators do.

Tight Ends:
When Nathan Nord picked Louisville, that hurt because he was probably as talented as any of the kids out there and he was a local kid. Now, it appears the main targets are Tyler Edwards (LA), Dwayne Allen (NC), Kavario Middleton (WA), Elijah Epperson (TN), and Jonathan Baldwin (PA). Edwards seems destined for LSU. Middleton seems somewhat interested although that'll be a very tough sell. Allen is a UGA commitment but has mentioned in a few interviews that he's keeping his options open and UM is one of the schools still recruiting him. Epperson is a kid from Tennessee starting to get some looks. Baldwin had a good visit here and can be considered a WR prospect (I think he'll ultimately be a TE in college). Pitt and Michigan will be tough to beat.

Offensive Linemen:
Brandon Washington is already committed. While he may take some visits, he's most likely going to ink with the Hurricanes. Matt Patchan is the top prospect out there and I think the Canes have as good a shot as anyone. Preston Bailey (TN), Mike Goodman (FL), and Vinston Painter (VA) are all considering Miami and have offers. The Canes are facing an uphill battle for all three, however.

Defensive Linemen:
Micanor Regis, Jeremy Lewis, Marcus Robinson, and Justin Thompson have all committed to the Hurricanes. Regis seems the most solid of the four with Robinson right there as well. I'd be shocked if either of those two bolted. Lewis is getting recruited very hard by the Gators and I don't think that one's over yet although I do believe he'll end up a Hurricane. It's hard to tell with Thompson -- he seems all over the map. Marcus Forston remains a top priority at tackle and I think the Canes have a real good chance there. Brandon Thompson (GA) is still on the radar but that will be a tough pull. Corey Liuget is a major priority at end and while he seems wide open, my money would be on Randy in the end. Monarch's Andrew Smith is still in the mix as well and would commit on the spot if offered a scholarship.

Linebackers:
Jordan Futch is committed and done. He's been on the recruiting trail for the Canes. Lerentee McCray is committed but wants to take a few trips. I think he's rock solid. Ramon Buchanan is committed but things could get interesting down the road since he's at a UF-friendly school. I wouldn't be surprised if he switched in the end. The Canes are in good shape for Sean Spence, who told me earlier this week that he'll likely make his commitment sometime in November. Antonio Harper (TN) wants to come here but the question is, will there be room? Etienne Sabino is still in the mix but I think he'll end up going out of state. Lynn Katoa and especially Arthur Brown are still in the mix as well. It'll be a tough pull on both but if anyone can, it's the Shannon/Barrow connection.

Defensive Backs:
Patrick Johnson and Joseph Wylie are firm commitments. TJ Bryant is a kid they want and while his mom is from Miami and has family here, he'll be a tough pull away from FSU. Brandon Harris is a local kid they could lock up. Travis Howard is another local prospect but I think he'll leave state with Sabino. At safety, Karnell Hatcher appears to be favoring LSU. Victor Johnson wants to come here and is a possibility. Spencer Adams (NC) seems like a longshot.


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