Miami Hurricanes Recruiting - the weekend so far

Could FSU commit Lorenzo Featherson flip to Miami? He's taking a visit to Coral Gables this weekend - 247Sports

The last weekend before National Signing day has been plenty busy. Let's take a mid-weekend look at what's gone on so far.

No long preamble, right to the updates

4:35pm update

Shawn Burgess- Becker and Calvin Ridley tweeted that they were announcing a college commitment at South Florida Fire tryouts today. Many media members and bloggers came out to this event. But then...

So, like I tweeted, I left the event. Once home (after the event presumably ended) Burgess-Becker tweeted this:

For good measure, Ridley chimed in later also

Even for the 2015 class, the #Crootin' games never stop.

10:10am update

Seems that Treon Harris may not have decided on his final destination yet

10:30pm update

After a tip from @motm25 on twitter, we learned that even after his impromptu visit to UF today, Immokalee CB J.C. Jackson would receive an in-home visit from Al Golden tonight.

So, the game, it appears, is still on for Jackson.

Visits and non-visits

There were as many as 8 players who were rumored to be potentially visiting Miami this weekend. In the end, less than half of those players made it to campus.

WR C.J. Worton once considered visiting Miami after decommitting from FSU. After deciding not to follow through with that visit, other news on his impending decision came forth. Looks like the Canes are out of this one:

Another player who was rumored to be visiting Miami after a late surge in his recruitment was Alabama commit and 5-star RB Bo Scarbrough. After a quick "will he/won't he?!?!" bit of speculation, we learned that the "won't he" faction were right:

Top target DT Travonte Valentine did not make his visit. He's looking all LSU at this point. Anything else will be a shocking development.

So, if those guys didn't make it for their visits, who did? I'll copy over my blurb from our earlier article previewing the weekend

  1. ATH Treon Harris - The son of legendary Booker T. Washington coach Ice Harris, and brother of former Cane DB Brandon Harris, Treon is a FSU commit. He was a superb high school QB, and wants an opportunity to play that position in college. Miami finally offered him that chance, and so he's visiting. Sure, he's teammates with commits Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson, but I think his decision will be made separate from theirs.
  2. DT Lamont Gaillard - Well, this visit has become much more important. With Travonte Valentine's probably commitment elsewhere, and JUCO recruit Michael Wyche decommitting after the ACC wouldn't grant his waiver appeal, Gaillard, a Georgia commit, has rocketed to the top of the DT list. He's got a big frame and should be able to develop into a solid player in time. I spoke about his displeasure with the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt in the first post-season Recruiting Radar, so he may be ripe for a flip. We'll see.
  3. DE Lorenzo Featherson - this FSU commit is an impressive athlete, standing 6'7" and weighing 220lbs. This is another visit that is not decided yet. There's talk that Featherston's family likes South Florida, and is interested to see what Miami has to offer.

Additions and Subtraction

After having Ohio State cancel his visit to Columbus, WR/TE David Njoku committed to Miami on Friday afternoon. Read our welcome piece here.

The on again, off again recruitment of JUCO DT Michael Wyche took a positive turn when, on Saturday afternoon, he decided to finish classes this semester at JUCO, and come to Miami in the summer. Yes, a re-commitment after a decommitment. Read our welcome BACK piece here.

In the evening on Saturday, shocking news that OL commit Reilly Gibbons was flipping from Miami hit twitter.

Gibbons, who had been committed since April, and who hasn't visited Stanford (as far as anyone can tell) means Miami only has 3 OL in this class. While those 3 (Trevor Darling, Nick Linder, and Kc McDermott) were all All-Americans, and 2 (Darling and McDermott) were early enrollees, this loss does hurt the depth at the OL position slightly. Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post thinks the game may still be afoot, however.

Losing Gibbons, who was NEVER thought to be a flip candidate, isn't a good thing. But, if there's another move that follows this, it could be ultimately okay.

That's it for now. A lot is still ongoing. Further updates when available.

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