The Canes are expected to host three recruits this weekend for official visits -- offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson, former signee and current Prep Schooler Brandon Washington, and five-star defensive tackle William Campbell. Lets take a closer look at these three players.
Johnson (6-6/300) grew up playing basketball when the football coaches at St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale plucked him out of the hallways during the spring of his junior year in 2006. He decided to give football a try and it was a good decision for him. He started that fall and helped lead St. Thomas to the state championship game. Because he was behind academically, not a whole lot of schools came after him. He took recruiting visits to Auburn and Mississippi State and ended up signing with Auburn. Since he was unable to qualify that summer, he ended up at Hargrave Military Academy, where he continued to develop his skills and become a hot prospect in the eyes of college coaches. He committed to Auburn again but was unable to qualify to go there in the summer of 2008. Since then, he's been working to become qualified and is very close. He's expected to choose between Miami and Auburn. If he gets the necessary test score, we think Miami will offer him and ultimately land his commitment. This weekend will go a long way towards confirming that.
Washington (6-4/320) grew up playing on the defensive line and was a difference maker there his first three years of high school at Miami Edison. He had the attention of Coach Shannon at an early age for a couple reasons -- 1) he had attended Miami's camps and done well and 2) Edison is a school Shannon recruited as an assistant under Larry Coker. So by the time the spring of his junior year rolled around, he already had an offer from Miami and decided to make a very early commitment. He was one of the first commitments for the Class of 2008 last year. Washington, who played his senior season at Miami Northwestern (which won the Class 6A state title as Washington became a first team all-state selection), was unable to qualify academically and went to Milford Prep instead. He played there this past fall and told me recently that he's all set to enroll into school at Miami in January. He'll begin with five years to play four, just like any other incoming freshman. Washington has been playing tackle the last few years but is projected to be a guard at Miami.
Campbell (6-5/320) is rated as one of the nation's premier defensive tackle prospects. He's being recruited as such, too. He dominates the competition in Detroit and while one might be quick to dismiss the competition level there, keep in mind that Detroit is one of the biggest NFL producers of talent of anywhere in the entire nation. Campbell made a commitment to Michigan as a junior and said at that time that he'd still like to take visits to Miami and Southern Cal. The Canes kept recruiting him and as a senior, he de-committed from the Wolverines and opened the recruiting process back up. He's taken visits to Alabama, LSU, Michigan, and Florida in recent weeks and this will be his final trip. He's expected to announce his final decision in the next couple weeks and enroll into school next month. Getting him out of Michigan will be very tough but the top prospect in the state last year (another Detroit DL, Nick Perry) left and signed with USC so it's definitely a possibility. It's hard to tell how much of a chance Miami has until he visits, which is happening this weekend.
Stay tuned to CanesTime.com, as we'll have complete coverage of all three visits after the weekend is over.