Recruiting News & Notes (12/19)

The dead period has started so college coaches aren't permitted to contact recruits for the next couple weeks. However, that won't slow the news down any and has all the latest...

A lot has happened over the last week or so and is here to recap things.

* Two of Miami's three quarterback commitments received scares this past weekend when both left their respective games to knee injuries. Jacory Harris, who led his team to its second straight Class 6A state championship (which pushed his record as a starting quarterback to 30-0 in his career), and Taylor Cook both found out a few days later that the injuries were not serious and both will be back at full strength in a few weeks.

* The UM fullback situation got some help this past weekend when El Camino JC standout Patrick Hill committed to the Hurricanes during his official visit to the campus. Hill, who will start school next month, looks to compete for the starting job early next season.

* It appears Dwayne Allen has emerged as the No. 1 recruiting target at tight end for the Hurricanes this season. He received an in-home visit from UM coaches last week and says he plans on visiting the Canes sometime next month. While it's going to be tough to land him away from Georgia, the school he's committed to and the school his coach's son played at.

* The most anticipation, perhaps on the entire recruiting front for the Canes, is on the pending decision of offensive tackle Matt Patchan. The talented big man is supposed to be announcing his final decision very soon (he's been saying for awhile now that he'd have it done before Christmas). It looks like a three team race between Miami, Florida, and LSU with many people believing he'll be choosing between the two in-state schools. Patchan has done a great job of keeping things close to the vest because it doesn't seem like anyone has a real good idea at this point. The in-home visits are over. The constant phone calls from college coaches are over. Now it's time to just wait and see what Matt decides to do.

* Corey Liuget appears to be the No. 1 remaining target on the defensive line. The local standout committed early to Illinois but has still been taking other visits. He's been to LSU, Florida State, and Rutgers since his commitment. The Canes are hoping to get the final visit next month and it'll be interesting to see if they can turn him. Liuget has talked about having an opportunity to play and with Calais Campbell leaving for the NFL, it appears any incoming defensive end would have an excellent chance of starting as a true freshman next season.

* Speaking of defensive lineman, it was good to see Marcus Forston have an absolutely dominating performance in the Class 6A state championship game last Saturday night. Forston solidified his spot as the state's No. 1 prospect in my eyes. When he wants to, he's flat out unblockable. The thing he'll need to work on is going hard every single play because if he does, the sky's the limit for him at the next level.

* Landing Arthur Brown was huge for Miami. HUGE. It sent a message to the rest of the nation that the Canes aren't going anywhere, despite a 5-7 season on the field. Micheal Barrow's performance with the recruitment of Brown has to put his name among the best recruiters in college football. A lot of credit goes out to Brown's mentor, Brian Butler, who handled the entire process with class and did a wonderful job of preventing any information leaks. All the coaches involved were at their computers watching the press conference live just like readers on were doing.

* After planning on coming in for the spring semester, Brandon Marti told last week that Gulliver won't let him leave early so look for him to graduate in June and start at UM in the summer.

* Everyone wants to know what Patrick Johnson will do. The five-star prospect from Ely made an early commitment to the Hurricanes and claims he's still committed to Miami. However, his mention of Tim Walton's situation leads me to believe he's probably thinking of inking with someone else. While it would be great for the Canes to land such a talent, the author of this article believes he'll end up a Florida Gator.

* In an attempt to find a possible replacement for Johnson, it appears the Hurricanes have started recruiting some other cornerbacks who have just entered the radar screen lately. Aaron Hester, a UCLA commitment from California, says he plans on visiting Miami on January 18th. Jacksonville's Patrick Nixon claims he'll likely visit Miami in January. The Canes are still actively involved with Booker T's Brandon Harris and Tallahassee Lincoln's T.J. Bryant as well.

* Of the seven players who took official visits to Miami this past weekend, the Canes look to be in good shape for almost all of them. Fullback Patrick Hill, fullback/tight end/H-Back John Calhoun, kicker Jake Wieclaw, linebacker Jordan Futch, and safety Joseph Wylie are all committed to Miami. TE/DE Mikhail Marinovich will likely commit if he ever gets offered by Miami. The key name still undecided is defensive lineman from Toby Jackson. He told us on Sunday that he had a great visit and there's word out there that he plans on making a return trip with his mom next month since she was unable to make the trip this past week with him. While it'll be an uphill battle to overcome his commitment to Georgia, the Canes seem to have made up a lot of ground with the 4-star defender.

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