Recruiting News & Notes (Dec. 11)

A lot is happening on the recruiting front all across college football. It can be very difficult to keep up with so that's why CanesTime.com keeps you updated...

* Quarterback Jacory Harris had quite a week. Following his team's quarter-final win over South Dade, he flew out to Oregon with teammate and fellow UM recruit Tommy Streeter. Harris said it was the best trip of his life but made it very clear that he's still firmly committed to the Hurricanes. Then a few days later, against Deerfield in the state semi's, he led his team on a 99-yard drive with under two minutes left to send the Bulls to the Class 6A state championship game for the second year in a row. They'll take on Boone High, led by two-way player and UF commitment Jeremy Brown. It'll be interesting to see Brown matching up against Aldarius Johnson on Saturday night.

* The Canes need fullbacks and you can tell by the way they're recruiting them. Sebastian River's John Cahoun committed last week and the Canes are still trying very hard to land El Camino JC standout Patrick Hill, who is scheduled to visit here this weekend. Don't be surprised if Hill makes a commitment to the canes during the visit. That would give UM an incoming freshman and an incoming junior to help provide depth and possibly start next season.

* The Canes are definitely going after winners at the wide receiver position. Most of UM's current targets at that position -- Streeter, Johnson, Kendal Thompkins, Davon Johnson, and Thearon Collier are all playing for a state championship this weekend. Tay Odoms won a state title last Saturday in Orlando.

* The tight end situation should become more clear in the next couple weeks. North Carolina's Dwayne Allen seems to be the top prospect and while it'll be tough to change his commitment from Georgia, the Canes will get a visit. Navarro's Gerald Harris will likely commit to the Hurricanes on his visit here this weekend, if given the opportunity. Dillard's Bo Reliford is also a longshot. If he gets his grades in order, an offer could come soon.

The big news on the offensive line surrounds the upcoming decision of 5-star Matt Patchan, who is scheduled to make his commitment within the next week or so. Patchan told us recently that he'd make his decision around mid-December, the week or so after his season ended. That happened last Friday and all the head coaches are making their in-home visits. Patchan is widely considered the state's top offensive line prospect and has narrowed his list down to Miami, Florida, and LSU. He's given absolutely no indication to anyone where he's leaning so the anticipation for his commitment continues building every day.

* A new name that has emerged on the defensive line is Pearl River CC standout Alex Ford, a 310-pound tackle who is scheduled to visit Miami this weekend. He went to Alabama this past weekend and we'll know a lot more about his interest in Miami by Sunday. Ford, originally from Mississippi, plays a major need position (DT) for the Hurricanes so it's no surprise they're recruiting him despite having commitments from three other tackles (Marcus Forston, Jeremy Lewis, and Micanor Regis).

* Randy Shannon, Micheal Barrow, and Tommy Robinson all made their in-home visit to Arthur Brown and his family on Sunday night. Brown, the nation's No. 1 rated player according to Scout.com, will meet with other head coaches over the next couple days before shutting it down the five days leading up to his announcement on the 17th. Landing Brown is huge in a lot of ways -- not only would someone be getting the nation's top player for the Class of 2008, that school would have the inside track for his younger brother Bryce, who is already being talked about as the possible No. 1 player for the Class of 2009.

* Marcus Robinson remains committed to the Hurricanes but he's being recruited about as hard as any kid in the entire state of Florida. Despite his commitment to UM, he's being recruited hard by LSU, Southern Cal, Florida, and Florida State. All of those schools have sent coaches to visit with Robinson, his coaches, and his family in recent weeks. He plans on visiting UM in January and told us last week that he's still committed to the Canes.

* Gavin Hardin is fairly new name to the recruiting radar that we first told you about recently. Hardin, who was once an Ole Miss commitment, now favors the Canes and is hoping to receive an offer by the time he visits here next month. Hardin, who still has work to do inside the classroom, is rated as the No. 1 player in Tennessee by Scout.com.

* Things are starting to get real interesting in the secondary. Patrick Johnson made an early commitment to Miami but has taken other visits and made it very clear that he's very interested in other schools. Johnson and best friend (Ely linebacker) Ryan Lewis both visited North Carolina this past weekend and now the Tar Heels seem to have as good a chance as anyone. If signing day were tomorrow, don't be at all surprised if Johnson inks with UM's former coach and co.

* With only two solid commitments (CJ Odom and Joseph Wylie) at defensive back right now, the UM coaches have hit the recruiting trail hard recently in search of some other players. Brandon Harris is a big time local player who seems like a kid who will likely sign with the Canes. They're still in the mix for Lincoln's TJ Bryant, who will naturally be a tough pull out of Tallahassee. The same goes for C.J. Holton, a big time safety who plans on visiting here next month. Holton has made it very clear, however, that he's very interested in becoming a Hurricane. He remains committed to Florida State, however. Pahokee's Janoris Jenkins is being recruited hard by the Hurricanes but he recently re-confirmed his commitment to Florida.

* Three new names in the secondary that have come up this week are Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety teammates Vaugh Telemaque and Herman Davidson along with Compton (Calif.) Dominguez standout Aaron Hester, who has been committed to UCLA for the past few months. All three players have claimed offers from Miami in recent days and all three are scheduled to visit the Canes during the month of January. They'll probably be tough to pull away from California, especially Hester since he's committed to UCLA. The two from Poly, however, have made it very clear that they're very interested in leaving the state and heading to the East for college. North Carolina and Michigan are also heavily involved with both players.

* The placekicker situation should get cleared up a lot after this weekend. Jake Wieclaw, who nearly broke the national field goal record this season before getting hurt, is scheduled to visit. He told us before that if all goes well, he'll likely commit to Miami on the visit. If there isn't news of the commitment by Sunday, look for a new name to pop up at this position next week.

* This weekend is shaping up to be Miami's first big recruiting weekend of the year in terms of official visitors. Stay tuned to CanesTime.com as we'll continue to keep everyone posted on all the latest news and information.

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