UM Closing in on Another

This standout offensive lineman is very high on the Hurricanes and might be making a decision in the near future. Read on to get the latest after he took a weekend visit and returned home to a UM coach that was waiting to see him.

At 6-foot-5 and 328 pounds, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely standout offensive lineman Cyrim Wimbs has helped his team reach the state championship game and that has the big man excited.

"I got tired of losing deep into the playoffs before getting a chance to play for it all," Wimbs said. "Us seniors have been together too long that we believe this is the year. We've worked real hard together and now we just have one more left."

Wimbs, whose Ely team takes on Wharton in the Class 5A state title game on Friday night, took in his second official visit this past weekend.

"Me, James [Martin], and Andrew [Bain] went up to N.C. State together," he said. "It was real nice. They have a lot of Florida players on the team and it's a program on the rise. They're like a small Florida State, but they're building all new facilities and everything. They're on the way up."

Wimbs said he saw several other UM prospects on his visit there.

"I saw the dude from Northwestern (Cliff Dickson) and he said he loved it," he said. "I also saw McClover from Dillard and the kid from Carol City, Moncur. He said they're recruiting him as a linebacker."

Upon returning home on Monday afternoon, Wimbs had a college coach waiting for he and Bain at the school.

"Coach Kehoe from Miami came by today," he said. "I guess he was there the whole day just waiting for us. We got in later because we didn't go up there till Saturday. He waited for us and then talked to both of us when we got back. He's coming by the house next week to talk. He basically talked about how both of us are preparing for a championship game. We play ours on Friday and they play theirs next month."

After meeting with Kehoe and spending time to talk to me on the phone tonight, Wimbs then met with a coach from Ohio State, who stopped by his house.

Wimbs said he might take a visit to Ohio State, but he might also end the recruiting process in the coming weeks.

"I've been to North Carolina and N.C. State now," he said. "A week after the state game, we're going to Miami for a visit. I have Ohio State scheduled four January, but I might just announce my decision after my visit to Miami."

Wimbs said he's pretty much narrowed his list down to three.

"It's going to be out of Miami, N.C. State, and Ohio State," he said. "As much fun as I had at NC State, I'm still on UM. They're my team, the top one or whatever."

So with the talented lineman being recruited by both schools that are playing in the national championship game, what are his thoughts on that?

"It'll be a good game but in the end, I don't think Ohio State is fast enough," he said. "Miami's got so much speed. I was looking at their roster and all the skill player guys. They all say FL, FL, FL next to them. When I look at Ohio State or Michigan State's roster, all the fastest guys say FL, FL next to them. Everyone knows we have the most speed and that's what will give Miami the edge."

Wimbs is being recruited by Miami to play right tackle.

"I figure Vernon Carey will be leaving after next season so I can redshirt and then step right in and replace him," he said. "If they have someone already, he better enjoy it while it lasts because that job will be mine."

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