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Current listing and status update of all the official visitors expected on Miami's campus this coming weekend.
TE Jeremy Kerr
Leaders: Committed to Miami with FSU pushing hard.
My Take: For the time being, it looks like Kerr will be sticking with the Canes but Florida State has been after him pretty hard of late and the fact that Miami has got a lot of other TE options on the board has to make you wonder if they aren’t concerned.
DT Lavon Hooks
Leaders: Ole Miss leading the pack at the moment.
My Take: Despite him publicly stating that Ole Miss is his current leader, I would not be surprised in the least if he came out of this visit as a Miami commitment. His interested is said to be very strong.
OL Ben Bradley
Leaders: Committed to Tennessee but looking at Miami, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
My Take: Tough to see where Miami sits in his picture at the moment but they appear to have as decent a shot as anyone. Tennessee obviously just hired Butch Jones yesterday so it’s too soon to tell how that will impact him. Miami should have a better feel of its standing with Bradley after the visit this weekend.
DE/LB Devante Bond
Leaders: Pretty open but Nebraska, Miami, West Virginia, Oklahoma and others are showing heavy interest.
My Take: You can see my more detailed thoughts on Bond from my Defensive End Breakdown piece earlier this week but in a nutshell, his situation with regards to Miami is not all that different from Bradley’s.
LB Jermaine Grace
Leaders: Miami is thought to be the clear frontrunner.
My Take: There’s a very real chance that Jermaine Grace joins his former teammates Tracy Howard and Malcolm Lewis at Miami sooner rather than later. Maybe even as soon as this weekend.
OL Hunter Knighton
Leaders: Boise State, Miami, Purdue, and Boston College all sit among his top group.
My Take: Seems like it’s down to Boise and Miami mainly due to Boston College and Purdue going through coaching changes, although both could get back in the mix quickly as they are closer to home. If Miami gave him a firm offer and really pushed hard, I think they would be able to land him.
TE Nate Wozniak
Leaders: Miami and Purdue have been his top 2 for quite some time.
My Take: One of the handful of additional tight ends that Miami is looking at. While on the surface, Miami seems to be sitting in a really good spot, I’d be mildly surprised if he didn’t end up at Purdue. He’s one of those rare kids that just seems to enjoy the school, regardless of who the coach is.
WR Stacy Coley
Leaders: FSU is out in front with Miami and UF both charging.
My Take: Florida State is clearly the team to beat here and Miami has ground to make up but it’s starting to look like they are fully invested in landing him now with the concerns over Angelo Jean-Louis getting in. There’s no reason that Miami can’t get right in the thick of this race. The fact that his coach, former Cane Donnell Bennett, is encouraged about Miami’s chances is always nice to hear.
Note: This is just the expected visitor list and not final. Surprise visitors and/or last minute cancellations are always possible. All updates will be noted as they become available.
Update (1:05 PM):
DE Al-Quadin Muhammad
Leaders: Notre Dame has long been the school considered most likely to land him.
My Take: This surprise visit from Muhammad is obviously huge news for Miami's chances of landing him as he looked previously like one of the biggest long shots to make it in this class. As it stands, chances are still small with him and Notre Dame is still the frontrunner to land his signature, but Miami is clearly putting itself in position to make up some ground.