UM: Weekend Recruiting Preview

The University of Miami won't host any recruits this weekend because they haven't started their spring semester yet. However, several Miami prospects will be taking other visits this weekend. Who's going where? What does it mean for Miami? Read on for the latest scoop on these players.

Here is the rundown of UM targets heading elsewhere this weekend.

5-star WR Rueben Randle (Alabama) -- The nation's top-rated wide receiver prospect according to Scout, Randle will be taking just his second official visit of the season. He tripped to Oklahoma last month. There's been no word on whether or not visits for future weekends have been scheduled yet. Randle is expected to visit LSU and Miami in the next two weekends. The Canes have been recruiting him hard from day one. He took one unofficial visit here back in June and has hosted UM coaches for a few in-home visits now. Since he doesn't do phone interviews, Randle has been tough to read this entire process. Many people believe he'll be tough to get out of Louisiana. Others believe Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide have the inside track. For Miami, it's a waiting period. Randle is likely waiting to see who Miami hires as its new offensive coordinator. If the Canes make a hire Randle is impressed with, look for him to take an official visit here for sure and to seriously consider the Canes. Until then, it's too early to tell what Miami's chances really are, however.

5-star TE Orson Charles (Florida) -- A lot of people have written Charles off because of the fact that he's now scheduled all five of his official visits and Miami wasn't one of them. This came shortly after his high school coach came out and said that he wouldn't send any of his players to Miami following Robert Marve's transfer. Since then, however, the coach publicaly said that he spoke to Randy Shannon and that he'd be OK with sending a player to Miami. We understand that Charles and Shannon had a good talk recently and that Miami's not completely out of the picture just yet. With just one tight end commitment (Stephen Plein) and nothing but seniors on the roster for next season, Charles has to like the opportunity that would present itself at Miami. He saw Florida State last weekend and has trips planned to Georgia, Tennessee, and Southern Cal in the coming weeks. He's indicated that he likely will not sign on National Signing Day since his fifth and final visit (USC) won't take place until Feb 6, two days after that day. Charles has been to Miami a couple times for unofficial visits.

4-star OT Bobby Massie (North Carolina) -- Widely considered the nation's No. 1 prep school player, Massie is a very important remaining target for the Canes. While they have a solid O-Line class already with four solid commitments, landing someone like Massie would be a huge addition to the already solid class. He visited Miami last month and has also been to Ole Miss. He plans to see Georgia and Alabama over the next two weekends. While some have been hinting that Massie is leaning to UGA and Bama, he hasn't said anything like that ever since he stopped doing phone interviews following his visit to Miami. Massie is expected to remain quiet to the media until National Signing Day, when he plans on announcing his final decision. The Canes are still very much in the running.

4-star OG Pete White (Tennessee) -- This Under Armour All-American recently narrowed his list of choices down to three -- Miami, Maryland, and Tennessee. He visited Maryland back in December and while he's very interested in the Terps, he didn't make a commitment to them. The Vols will get the first crack at pulling him away from home this weekend, while the Canes will get that chance next week. White told recently that he's very interested in Miami because he has a great relationship with Coach Stoutland but it's been tough for him to comment too much on UM since he's never been to Miami. That'll change next weekend, when we'll know a lot more about Miami's chances with him.

3-star OT Andrew Tiller (Syracuse) -- A Junior College player, Tiller is expected to graduate in May with three years to play three. He recently narrowed his list down to Miami, Rutgers, and Syracuse. He's already been to Rutgers and is expected to see Miami on the 30th. Here's another case where the recruit has never been to Miami. He told us recently that he likes Miami's tradition, likes Coach Stoutland, and likes the opportunity to play right away but it's going to be hard to judge his true interest level until he actually visits here. We like Miami's chances if he leaves town later this month with a chance to commit to the Canes. Players like Massie, Malcolm Bunche, Daniel Campbell, and Marcus Hall appear to be bigger priorities for the Canes right now, however.

3-star OG Quinton Washington (South Carolina) -- Here's a player Miami offered way back in the spring but then backed off during the season, according to his coach. He told us that a Miami coach visited his school earlier this month and asked for a visit. Washington agreed and that's why he'll see Miami on the 30th. He's already been to Michigan and Clemson and is expected to see Tennessee next weekend. He's another player who's never been to Miami and we believe the Canes are facing a major uphill battle here.

3-star DT Luther Robinson (Florida) -- A Miami commitment since last April, Robinson was actively recruited by several other schools during the season. Two of those schools were Florida State and Florida. He was scheduled to see FSU last weekend but decided not to go. He told a few days ago that his final three are Miami, Florida, and UCF (where he's expected to visit next weekend). We don't believe the Gators or Knights will be able to turn this player, who grew up wanting to play for the Hurricanes.

4-star LB Tana Patrick (Auburn) -- A late-season addition to the linebacker recruiting board, Patrick told this past week that he will visit Miami later this month. He saw Alabama last weekend and is expected to see USC next weekend before coming here at the end of the month. It's going to be a very tough task for the Canes or Trojans to get him out of his home state of Alabama. The visit to Miami will be very important towards the chances of landing him.

3-star S Kayvon Webster (West Virginia) -- A Hurricane commitment for the past few months now, Webster told when he committed that he'd take a few January visits in addition to Miami. He's fulfilled those plans, as he went to South Florida with a couple teammates last weekend and is in Morgantown this weekend. He's set to see Miami next weekend and we believe that visit will solidify his commitment to the Canes. He grew up wanting to play at Miami and now has that opportunity.

3-star CB Demontre Hurst (Oklahoma State) -- A late-season addition to the cornerback recruiting board, Hurst landed a Miami offer in December. He recently narrowed his list down to Miami, Oklahoma State, and Arizona before Tennessee and their new coaching staff got into the mix. He's already been to Arizona and is expected to see Miami next weekend. He's been calling Miami his favorite ever since he got offered by the Canes and we believe that'll be the case even after this weekend's visit. If he takes a Jan 30 visit to Tennessee that he's considering, they could pose a major threat to Miami. We'll know more after his visit here next weekend but things look good as far as Hurst getting his name added to the commitment list later this month.

3-star CB Ryan Campbell (Ole Miss) -- Another late-season addition to the cornerback board, Campbell has been an Ole Miss commit for a little while and that's where he's scheduled to visit this weekend. It'll be interesting to see if he solidifies his commitment there this weekend and still has plans of seeing Miami later on. He doesn't claim to have an offer from Miami yet so it'll be interesting to see whether or not he actually visits here next weekend.

Stay tuned to throughout the weekend and into next week as we'll keep you updated on all these visits and much more!

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