Recruiting News & Notes (12/4)

The next two months will be full of action on the recruiting front in college football and even though Miami had a lot of early commitments, there's still a lot going on. Commitments are taking other visits, new names are coming up all the time, and a lot more. CanesTime.com is here to keep you in the loop as to what's going on. You don't want to miss this...

* Jacory Harris took off with teammate, wide receiver Tommy Streeter, on Saturday for a weekend visit to Oregon. Harris, who committed to the Hurricanes over the summer, has now taken official visits to Boston College and Oregon this season. I don't think Canes fans have anything to worry about there. It's tough to tell what Streeter's thinking. He's showing interest in several other schools in addition to UM -- including Illinois, Oregon, South Florida, Boston College, and Texas Tech.

* I thought Jamie Harper looked like the No. 1 running back prospect in the state back in the spring. It's no surprise that he has visits scheduled to all three major Florida schools. Interestingly, it looks like Miami will be getting his last visit in January. He'll be coming down here with teammate Daniel Andrews, a safety prospect who had an in-home visit with two UM coaches last week. Andrews said his top three are Florida, Clemson, and Miami. In addition to the Florida schools, Harper is also interested in Illinois and Clemson.

* It looks like the Canes are trying to land more than one fullback in this recruiting class. Considering they could've really used a good one this past season and Jerrell Mabry has struggled with weight problems throughout his UM career, I wouldn't be surprised if they inked two in this class. Sebastian River's John Calhoun committed last week and now New Jersey's Zach Kane (who also plays middle linebacker) has added his name to the commitment list. That doesn't even include El Camino Juco standout Patrick Hill, who told CanesTime.com last week that he plans on taking an official visit here on December 14th.

* The biggest target on the offense side of the ball who is still not committed has to be tackle Matt Patchan, who some say is the state's top overall prospect. After watching him live in a playoff game against Plant last Friday night, I can't argue that for a minute. He told Scout.com on Sunday that he'll have a decision the week after the state championship game, which Armwood will play in if it beats Booker T. this Friday. That game is scheduled for December 15th so look for a final decision by the 22nd. LSU and Florida are the two other finalists.

* A new name on the offensive line is J'Marcus Webb, a former five-star offensive tackle prospect from the state of Texas. Webb, who goes 6-foot-8, inked with the Longhorns after high school and even played in 12 games there as a true freshman. He left, however, last spring and enrolled at Navarro Junior College. Coach Ray Woodard told CanesTime.com recently that Webb is now in the mix for the Canes. "Coach McGriff from Miami came out to see a few of our kids," he said. "They offered J'Marcus and Gerald Harris." CanesTime.com reported on Saturday that Harris will likely commit to Miami on his visit later this month. We'll continue to monitor the situation with Webb. The last time the Canes took a 6-8 tackle from the Juco ranks, it worked out pretty well.

* The big question mark on the defensive line is the status of Hialeah's Corey Liuget. The four-star prospect is being actively recruited by the Hurricanes but is calling himself an Illinois commitment. The Canes, along with LSU, FSU, and others, haven't stopped recruiting him and he plans on taking a visit to Miami. This one's not over and it'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

* The nation's No. 1 ranked linebacker, Arthur Brown, spent part of last week in Miami for an official visit with his younger brother Bryce (who will be a 5-star RB prospect next year). Brown visited USC over the weekend and now will host several head coaches, including Randy Shannon (this coming Sunday), for in-home visits before making his announcement on December 17th.

* Marcus Robinson, who committed early to the Hurricanes, took an official visit to Southern Cal over the weekend. It was his second trip of the season (LSU) and the Canes still appear to be in good shape.

* A lot of people are wondering what will happen with Lerentee McCray, who is strongly considering Florida and some other schools. McCray told Scout.com that he hadn't heard from Miami in a few weeks before he received an in-home visit from Tim Walton last week. CanesTime.com will continue to monitor that situation.

* A new name to Canes fans is Nick Perry, as CanesTime.com reported on Monday night. Perry, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, finished his senior season with 147 tackles, 36 sacks (a state record), and 68 tackles for loss (another state record) in helping lead his team to a state championship (their first ever). He received an in-home visit from Miami coaches the first day they could visit kids (the day after the BC game) and is considering Miami along with several other programs.

* Patrick Johnson, the five-star corner from Ely, was originally scheduled to visit USC this past weekend but he didn't go, rescheduling it for a later date. Confusion over Johnson's intentions continues and Scout.com will continue to monitor the situation. Johnson has already visited Florida, LSU, and Georgia. He plans on seeing USC and Miami before making a final decision, which will have to be soon if he still plans on graduating high school early.

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