UM Recruits Taking Visits

Recruiting is back in full swing after a few weeks of the quiet period during Christmas break. Several UM prospects/commitments are on other campuses this weekend and CanesTime.com has the breakdown of where everyone went.

Classes for the spring semester haven't started yet at Miami so there are no visits on campus this weekend. They'll start next weekend with a large group scheduled to come in.

Several UM prospects and commitments are, however, visiting other schools this weekend. Here's the breakdown:

RB Jamie Harper, Clemson -- Harper is visiting the school that most people believe he'll end up signing with. That was popular belief and this week's announcement by James Davis to turn pro probably makes the chances of this happening even stronger. Harper is scheduled to visit Florida next weekend, followed by Miami on January 25th.

WR LaRon Byrd, Auburn -- The Canes already have five receivers committed but they're still recruiting Byrd and Tommy Streeter, both big receivers that they really don't have on the roster right now. Byrd has already visited Tulane and has plans to see Mississippi State next weekend, followed by Southern Miss on the 25th, and then Miami on the 1st. The Canes have not yet offered him a scholarship, as it seems like they're waiting to see what happens with Streeter first.

OL Benjamin Jones, Clemson -- Miami's top tackle prospect is also visiting the Tigers this weekend. He has LSU planned for next weekend before he'll visit Miami either on the 25th or February 1st (he wasn't sure of the exact date when we spoke to him last week). While Jones hasn't listed a favorite recently, we believe the Canes have an excellent chance of landing him.

DL Jeremy Lewis, North Carolina -- After making an early commitment to Miami, Lewis took in-season visits to LSU and Tennessee. He was scheduled to see Clemson this weekend but pushed that trip back to next weekend, as he sees Chapel Hill this weekend. He's being hosted by Marvin Austin there this weekend. Lewis is expected to visit Miami on the 25th and while he told us this week that he's still committed, keep an eye on these other schools as still having a chance.

LB Marcus Robinson, Florida State -- Robinson told us a few days ago that he's still firmly committed to the Canes and we believe he'll end up here, playing for his old defensive coach at Homestead (Micheal Barrow). Robinson is scheduled to visit Florida next weekend, followed by Miami later in the month.

LB Gavin Hardin, Kentucky -- Hardin has been telling us for weeks that while he still considers himself a soft commitment to Ole Miss, the canes are definitely the leaders. Ole Miss has offered but the Canes haven't. He's scheduled to see Miami next weekend and then Ole Miss the weekend after. We'll know a lot more after his Miami visit, since that's probably when he'll either get offered or dropped.

CB Brandon Harris, Ohio State -- The Buckeyes have been recruiting Harris hard from day one so it's no surprise that he's taking a trip there. He's already been to LSU and Florida and plans on seeing UCF next weekend and then Miami on the 25th. We believe Harris will ultimately ink with Miami because of three main factors -- 1) the Canes are very thin at cornerback and don't have any commitments there right now, 2) his brother goes to UM, and 3) two of his teammates and close friends (Davon Johnson and Thearon Collier) are committed to the Canes.

CB T.J. Bryant, LSU -- Scout.com reported earlier in the week that Bryant has named six finalists and all will get visits over the next few weeks. Five of them will be official visits and one unofficial. The only trip Bryant has announced is the one to LSU, where he arrived with his parents on Friday afternoon. Miami will most likely get one of his other four visits and while some believe the Canes have a decent chance, it's going to be very tough for anyone to wrestle him away from Tallahassee.

Other Notes: It was reported last week that Sean Spence was scheduled to visit Florida this weekend. That visit did not happen and it looks like he's all set to enroll at Miami next week. Brandon Washington was scheduled to visit North Carolina this weekend but he didn't show up, probably giving more good indications that he has full intention of inking with the Canes next month.

Stay tuned to CanesTime.com for all the latest news and information and recaps from all of these visits and more.


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