Canes enjoy big recruiting weekend

The University of Miami had their first big recruiting weekend of the year, as seven players came in for official visits. CanesTime.com has the breakdown with all the news and notes coming out of the weekend.

After having just a couple players in for official visits up to this point, Miami brought in seven players this past weekend. Here's a rundown of each of them.

FB Patrick Hill -- As I mentioned on the premium board on Saturday, Hill committed to the Canes shortly after arriving for his official visit. He also visited Texas A&M and it was expected that he would give the Canes his commitment during the visit. Hill is a blocking fullback the Hurricanes badly need in this recruiting class. There's a good chance he'll be the team's starting fullback next season so this is a big get for the Canes. Hill will start at UM next month.

FB/H-Back John Calhoun -- Calhoun's only major offer was from Miami so it wasn't a surprise that he came in this weekend already committed to the Canes. He's a tough player who has played some fullback, H-Back, tight end, defensive end, and linebacker during his high school days. He'll likely start out at UM as a fullback but I'm sure they can't wait to get him on special teams to help out there right away. He plans on starting in January.

TE/DE Mikhail Marinovich -- A late arrival to the UM recruiting board, Marinovich was a standout tight end in high school before switching to defensive end when he arrived at Milford Prep earlier this year. CanesTime was unable to reach him for comment on Sunday but it's common knowledge that he plans on making a commitment to the Hurricanes if he gets an offer. He's already visited Pittsburgh and Syracuse as well. His offer is likely depending on whether the Canes get their top targets at his position. One concern here is his size. Jordan Futch told me that Marinovich only weighed in at 203 pounds on his 6-5 frame.

DL Toby Jackson -- Jackson came down this weekend as clearly the toughest get of all seven. He made an early commitment to Georgia and plans on checking out Alabama and Florida State in January. The Canes are definitely in the mix after a strong visit. Interestingly, he didn't come with his parents but CanesTime learned that he plans on coming back down here next month on an unofficial visit with his mom. This will be a very tough get for the Canes but Coach Nix has worked very hard and everything seemed to have gone well this weekend.

LB Jordan Futch -- One of the leaders of this entire recruiting class, Futch said he was recruiting Jackson hard for UM. Futch has such an outgoing and unique personality that you can see why kids and even parents are drawn to him. He's been a huge recruit for the Hurricanes from day one. Futch plans to enroll early.

DB Joseph Wylie -- Another early commitment who took his visit this weekend, Wylie was there to enjoy the visit since he plans on enrolling next month. Wylie had an interesting meeting with Coach Shannon that he talked about in an interview with CanesTime.com.

PK Jake Wieclaw -- He became Miami's second new commitment of the weekend. On the verge of breaking a national record for field goals this season, Wieclaw broke his ankle. He's still recovering but should be OK from that. Wieclaw plans on starting at UM next month and as of right now, it looks like he'll have the inside track to the kicking job heading into his true freshman season so this, too, was a major get for the Canes.

The Canes have now hosted 10 players total so far -- Arthur Brown, Matt Patchan, and Vinston Painter previously visited Miami. Since the NCAA allows each school 56 official visits per recruiting year, the Canes will have the opportunity to host up to 46 players in January, a number they likely won't reach. Stay tuned to CanesTime.com for all the latest on the UM recruiting front.


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