UM set to host major recruiting weekend

The Hurricanes have hosted just 20 recruits for official visits so far this recruiting season and that number will be increased by a lot this weekend. Nearly a dozen major prospects are expected to arrive sometime later today for their official visits. CanesTime.com has the breakdown for you.

We believe at least 10 recruits are expected to be making their official visits to Miami this weekend. Lets take a closer look at those players.

5-star TE prospect Sheldon Richardson -- The highest rated recruit Miami will host this entire recruiting season, Richardson is already committed to Missouri. He did that way back in his sophomore year but opened things up some when Miami offered him last summer. He told us that he grew up wanting to play at Miami and he'll finally get a chance to see the school up close this weekend. Richardson, who's expected to make the trip with his father, also saw Arkansas and Minnesota but has narrowed his list of choices down to Missouri and Miami. It's hard to tell what chances Miami will have since he's never been to this area but getting this last visit was a key step in the right direction for the Canes. Richardson, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Game earlier this month, played on both sides of the ball in high school and could play on either side in college. He says Miami's been recruiting him to play tight end, where the Canes haven't signed anyone in the last two recruiting classes. Because of that and how highly rated he is, Richardson is a huge recruit this weekend. He calls Tommie Robinson his primary recruiter.

4-star OG prospect Pete White -- White was offered by Miami very early in the process and developed a very good relationship with coaches Aubrey Hill (recruiting coach) and Jeff Stoutland (position coach). White, who played in the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month, told CanesTime.com a few weeks ago that he'll choose between Miami, Maryland, and Tennessee shortly after his visit to Miami. White, expected to make the trip with his father, said he grew up with a lot of interest in Miami but this will be his first chance to see the school in person.

4-star RB commit Lamar Miller -- One of the state's top overall prospects, Miller was offered by Miami as a junior in high school. A local product from Miami Killian High, Miller committed to the Canes in early October and never visited any of the other 20+ schools who also offered. He was a strong commitment from the beginning. A full academic qualifier, Miller calls Micheal Barrow his primary recruiter.

4-star CB commit Jamal Reid -- Miami was the first school to offer Reid a scholarship last spring and it paid off. Reid committed to the Hurricanes during the season. The only other visit he took was to Mississippi State, which is finishing up this morning. He started the visit on Wednesday and will be in Miami this weekend with his mother. Reid was being recruited by Coach Heavesy at Florida but the Gators never offered him a scholarship. When the coach relocated to Mississippi State with Dan Mullen, they offered Reid a scholarship and a visit. We spoke to Reid Thursday night and he's still committed to the Canes and looking forward to his visit. Reid, who played in the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month, calls Clint Hurtt his primary recruiter.

4-star S commit Ray Ray Armstrong -- One of the state's best overall prospects, Armstrong announced his commitment to the Canes during the Under Armour All-American Game that he played in earlier this month. Armstrong picked the Canes over Florida, Georgia, Florida State, and LSU. He took official visits to Georgia and LSU prior to his commitment. Armstrong has already been to Miami a few times for unofficial visits. He calls Clint Hurtt his primary recruiter.

4-star DE commit Dyron Dye -- A teammate of Armstrong, Dye also announced his commitment to the Hurricanes during the Under Armour All-American Game. Dye chose the Canes over Florida, Florida State, and LSU. He took just one prior visit and that was to LSU. Dye calls Clint Hurtt his primary recruiter.

3-star OG prospect Quinton Washington -- The Canes offered Washington way back in the spring but lost contact a bit late in the season, as Washington's coach said Patrick Nix was the coach who was recruiting him. Coach Hurtt went back in during the month of December and convinced the talented big man to visit Miami. He's already been to Michigan, South Carolina, Clemson, and Tennessee but has things narrowed down to Miami, Michigan, and South Carolina. He's never been to Miami so this will be an important visit for Miami. Washington played in the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month.

3-star DT commit Luther Robinson -- It didn't take long for Robinson to commit to Miami after getting offered by the Canes last spring. He was one of Miami's first commitments. That didn't stop other schools from recruiting him throughout the season, however. Robinson cancelled a scheduled visit to Florida State but saw Florida and UCF over the last two weekends. He told us earlier in the week that he remains committed to the Canes and is expected to ink with Miami on Wednesday. Robinson, who played in the Offense/Defense All-American Game, calls Clint Hurtt his primary recruiter.

3-star S commit Prince Kent -- One of Miami's first commitments going back to last spring, Kent hasn't visited any other schools since then. He did take an unofficial visit to Miami over the summer. He played in the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month. Kent will be in town for his visit this weekend but he told us a couple weeks ago that he still has some work to do academically to become a qualifier so that might be something to keep an eye on.

3-star OT prospect Andrew Tiller -- A massive Junior College prospect, Tiller is expected to graduate in May with three years to play three. He missed the majority of this past season with a fractured foot. Tiller has already taken visits to Rutgers and Syracuse, where his Juco coach was recently hired as an assistant coach. Tiller has never been to Miami and it's unclear whether or not he has an offer from the Canes yet.

Note: There have been rumblings that 3-star TE prospect Billy Sanders will visit this weekend but we haven't been able to confirm that with Sanders or his coach. Sanders was one of Miami's first commitments last year but switched his pledge to UCLA a couple weeks ago. With just one tight end commitment at a position of need, Sanders seems like a key target for Miami. If he visits, Miami will have a chance to turn him back into a Cane.

Another Note: There were rumors going around earlier in the week about 4-star CB prospect Greg Reid taking a visit to Miami this weekend. As we've mentioned a few times throughout the week, Reid is expected to be in Athens visiting the University of Georgia this weekend instead. While Reid says he's still considering Miami, it doesn't appear too likely that he'll choose the Canes next week.

Stay tuned to CanesTime.com over the weekend, as we'll have reports on these visits, complete with a recap (with post-visit comments from the players) starting on Sunday.


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