In the first installment of the Recruiting Radar for this post-dead period rush towards National Signing Day, Cameron Underwood recapped the things that happened over the past couple months. Now, he's joined by Joe Garcia Jr. to look at the targets coming this visit weekend, and other blips on the radar.
Targets visiting this week
Since this is a visit weekend, and I KNOW you guys are wondering, here's a list of the guys visiting Campus starting on Friday: (This list is subject to change, because, well...it's recruiting. Things happen)
- QB Brad Kaaya - There really isn't much to say about Kaaya that isn't known. He was hand picked by Coley as the top QB in this class for Miami, and has been committed for months. To quote Peter Ariz from CanesInSight.com: "The UCLA and Boise State interest rumors have been greatly exaggerated." This visit will strengthen his already solid commitment.
- TE Chris Herndon - With Rhyheem Lockley and Derrick Griffin, players who could have grown into TE bodies, dropping out of this class, Herndon becomes a slightly more important recruit. TE is an important position in Coley's offense, and Herndon has good pass catching skills, and developing blocking skills. Like Kaaya, he's already committed, and figures to remain so.
- WR Tyre Brady - The talented South Dade receiver flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Miami, and hasn't looked back. Some locals say Brady could be the most physically gifted receiver in South Florida for this class. While I think that's a bit of hyperbole, Brady is still a very good future prospect.
- DT Anthony Moten - Yes, we have DTs coming in this class! And Moten, from St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, is a damn good one. His commitment is solid.
- DE/LB Mike Smith - Solid player and great edge rusher. He's been a long time commit. His ability to rush the passer will be a welcomed addition to this roster.
- S Marques Gayot - Recently flipped from Louisville to Miami. A physical player who profiles as an in the box safety. Solid commitment.
- DE/LB Demetrius Jackson - This 2 sport athlete (Basketball) surprised when he hit the gridiron for the first time since middle school this season for Booker T. Washington. He has great size and burst, but is a bit thin. Will be a good player after a RS year and more reps. Solid commitment.
- WR Darrell Langham - "We don't have any tall receivers" the fans lamented. Well, Brady is 6'3" and Langham is 6'5". Langham has an impressive catch radius, and his highlights from this past season will make you drool. Solid commitment.
- CB Arrion Springs - This talented speedster from Texas is committed to Oregon. While he's been committed to the Ducks since Nike's The Opening in July, Miami was at the top of his list before Oregon offered. Miami probably has only a puncher's chance here, but he's coming to campus for a visit, and that counts for something.
- WR Isiah Ford - Recently decommitted from Louisville after Charlie Strong left for Texas. He's another 2 sport athlete, and wants to play both Football and Basketball in college. UM has done this before, and currently is with Corn Elder. Virginia Tech seems to be the leader here.
Other blips on the Radar
- Miami fans are constantly looking for the next big surprise. One to keep an eye on is 4* Alabama Linebacker and current Tennessee commit Gavin Bryant. Bryant has apparently taken shape as Miami's top remaining target at the position and word is that there is a good amount of mutual interest. He hasn't firmed up a Miami visit date yet and is heading into his official with Tennessee this weekend. Should Bryant leave this weekends visit with a desire to still come see Miami, things could heat up quickly. From our understanding, Tennessee is not convinced that he is 100% solid to them at the moment. See Bryant's HUDL highlights here
- From our understanding, coaches weren't pleased with how the Brandon Powell flip went down. However, that doesn't make it a given that they will add another RB this class. While it certainly is something they would prefer and are looking into, I'm not sure the will add one just for the sake of adding one. Daniel Gresham was the hot name amongst the fans after Louisville let him go but I've yet to get any real indication that Miami is planning to make a real run at him. The board at that spot is in flux as the RB class looked finished a week ago. There's a very real possibility that Joe Yearby ends up being the only back in Miami's class.
- On a 2015 related note, multiple DB's Miami had on their board committed elsewhere last week. Tyrek Cole (FSU), Calvin Brewton (FSU), and Kendrell McFadden (WVU) all choose other programs there is no cause for alarm. Cole is the only one that current tops Miami's top board at his respective position and long term, odds are probably stronger in favored of him ultimately ending up somewhere other than FSU with Miami surely to be one of the teams in the mix. Miami is also sitting strongly with what appear to be their top 2 safety targets early on (Jaquan Johnson and Shawn Burgess-Becker) and will likely have a chance to revisit a player like McFadden should things go south with one of their preferred options.
- Treon Harris has become a hot name among the fan base. Miami has enjoyed a great relationship with Booker T Washington and the Harris family for some time now and we are told that James Coley has been very forthcoming with them regarding how Treon is viewed in their offense and team overall. These two reasons are likely the driving force behind Miami being able to secure Treon's last official visit. While Florida and Auburn look like the two biggest threats to lure him away from FSU at the moment, there are obvious connections to Miami which make them a wildcard come that final official visit. Miami is on the outside looking in at the moment, but if there was ever a recruitment that could come together quickly for Miami at the 11th hour, this one looks like the prime candidate.
- When coaches leave their jobs for new ones (wassup, James Franklin?), recruits start to look around. One such case that bears watching for UM fans is that of 4-star DT Lamont Gaillard from Fayetteville, NC. He flirted with Miami early in the process before committing to Georgia. But, with Georgia DC Todd Grantham leaving, Gaillard may look to head elsewhere. I know what you're saying. "Georgia just hired Jeremy Pruitt away from FSU." I know. I know. Still, Gaillard is said to be very displeased with the change. He is scheduled to come to Coral Gables on an Official Visit next weekend. Not saying it's a sure thing, but it's something to keep an eye on.
- On the first day after the dead period, UM sent multiple coaches to visit a few prime targets. A trio went to LA to visit Brad Kaaya and his teammate WR Brayden Lenius. Lenius (6'5", 215) recently got a scholarship offer. He's only 16 years old, and a recent transfer from Vancouver, Canada. Don't discount the young Canadian, though. He dominated 5-star CB Adoree Jackson when their teams met in the playoffs, and his potential is through the roof. I'd say as of now, the Canes are the team to beat for Lenius, and he's the odds on favorite to fill the final WR spot in this class.
- Others who were visited by UM coaches: 4-star CB J.C. Jackson and 5-star DT Travonte Valentine. Jackson's recruitment looks to be coming down to Miami and Florida, where he is currently committed, with UF holding a sizeable lead. Valentine is another story. The one-time Cane commit looks like he's down to LSU and Miami. Texas has been bandied about as a 3rd school in that group, but for now I just don't see him going there. The battles for both Jackson and Valentine will be decided on National Signing Day.