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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting - the weekend so far

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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.

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

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Out here at <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Fire&amp;src=hash">#Fire</a> tryouts. Just talked to Shawn Burgess-Becker. When asked if we&#39;d see a commitment he said and I quote &quot;I dunno. We&#39;ll see&quot;</p>&mdash; Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnderwoodSports/statuses/430073009622515712">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>More Burgess-Becker &quot;Me and Ridley just talked about a lot of stuff. When were ready, we&#39;ll let y&#39;all know.&quot;</p>&mdash; Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnderwoodSports/statuses/430073269547728896">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>I then asked &quot;Is that time when you let us know coming today?&quot; Burgess-Becker&#39;s Response: &quot;Probably yes. Probably not.&quot;</p>&mdash; Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnderwoodSports/statuses/430073548217274369">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>I&#39;m gone</p>&mdash; Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnderwoodSports/statuses/430073571298516992">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>I will not announce today.</p>&mdash; shawn Burgess (@shawn_burgess2) <a href="https://twitter.com/shawn_burgess2/statuses/430091778000437249">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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For good measure, Ridley chimed in later also

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>I will not be committing to a school today</p>&mdash; c.o.r boyz (@ridley_calvin) <a href="https://twitter.com/ridley_calvin/statuses/430099693428047872">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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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

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Thinking hard..</p>&mdash; Treon Harris (@t5_harris) <a href="https://twitter.com/t5_harris/statuses/429837031012040704">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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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.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Al is visiting jc <a href="https://twitter.com/10">@10</a> tonight</p>&mdash; Ne Rice (@NeJuicyBoss) <a href="https://twitter.com/NeJuicyBoss/statuses/429802861313417216">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Im postive ill post a pic of al for u buddy</p>&mdash; Ne Rice (@NeJuicyBoss) <a href="https://twitter.com/NeJuicyBoss/statuses/429804274915483649">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>My son n coach al <a href="http://t.co/XR8GLryXPE">pic.twitter.com/XR8GLryXPE</a></p>&mdash; Ne Rice (@NeJuicyBoss) <a href="https://twitter.com/NeJuicyBoss/statuses/429815534205825024">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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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:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>WR C.J. Worton will decide between <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WVU&amp;src=hash">#WVU</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Gators&amp;src=hash">#Gators</a> on Monday, inform the coaches at both schools, but will not make it public until NSD.</p>&mdash; Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/DerekTysonESPN/statuses/429761240085561344">February 1, 2014</a></blockquote>

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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:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Garcia: &quot;Bo Scarbrough was suppose to take an official visit to Miami this morning, he met with Coach Saban and is now not going&quot;</p>&mdash; Matt and Scot (@MASSonJOX) <a href="https://twitter.com/MASSonJOX/statuses/429411389715664896">February 1, 2014</a></blockquote>

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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.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Stanford&amp;src=hash">#Stanford</a> flips Reilly Gibbons from <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23canes&amp;src=hash">#canes</a>. He&#39;s now a Cardinal. Story here ($) <a href="http://t.co/akr7MA9UCH">http://t.co/akr7MA9UCH</a></p>&mdash; Jamie Newberg (@JamieNewberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/JamieNewberg/statuses/429761750947602433">February 1, 2014</a></blockquote>

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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.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Gibbons flip a surprise, but a move may be coming. At any rate, UM OK at OL. Best 2 OL recruits EE&#39;d. 10 OLs now, 1 commit (N. Linder).</p>&mdash; Matt Porter (@mattyports) <a href="https://twitter.com/mattyports/statuses/429767872047771648">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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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.