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Recruiting Radar 1/21: Mid-week updates

A quick look at the chatter from the recruiting trail

3-star OLB Quart'e Sapp named Miami a finalist. But, without having taken an OV to Coral Gables, can the Hurricanes land him?
3-star OLB Quart'e Sapp named Miami a finalist. But, without having taken an OV to Coral Gables, can the Hurricanes land him?

On the heels of a PACKED official visit weekend, and just days before the next one, here's some chatter from the recruiting trail

Jayson Stanley to visit Miami

4-star WR Jayson Stanley (Fairburn, GA) will be visiting Coral Gables on January 30th. The 6'2" 198lb Stanley, who is committed to Georgia, will visit UCF this weekend as well. It's still too early to say how legitimate a chance Miami has, but the fact that he's scheduled an official visit Should mean we have at least a puncher's chance.

... but Shareef Miller won't

A 3-star DE from Philadelphia, PA, Shareef Miller has seen a slight uptick in his recruitment. A day after  receiving an in-home visit from multiple coaches from UF, Miller tweeted his new finalist group

The visit from UF jumped them over Miami, who was in his final group and set to receive his last OV on January 30th. But now, that won't happen. It's a "loss" to have Miller elect not to continue his recruitment with Miami, but it's far from the worst thing ever. He'll move on, and the Canes will too.

Kevin Scott is rising fast

Largely unknown until recently, Salesian HS 3-star DT Kevin Scott (Los Angeles, CA) is one of the fastest risers of the latter part of this cycle. The 6'5" 280lb Scott has recently earned a Canes offer, and will be visiting this weekend. On top of that, USC offered recently, and has vaulted to the front of the pack. Scott will be on campus to visit Miami this week, and a good visit will be crucial for there to be any chance that Scott signs with the Hurricanes.

Gosier decommits

So, as I was writing this article, this popped up on twitter:

WR Therrell Gosier II has decommitted from Miami. He was the lowest rated recruit in this class, and many (myself included) were never fans of his. On top of that, hes' a local player who has only visited campus twice, neither of which were officials.

With the options we have committed and are still recruiting at WR (Lawrence CagerAntonio CallawayDaylon CharlotTerrell ChatmanJayson Stanley), I think it's best for all parties that Miami and Gosier will be going their separate ways.

Decisions coming soon?

Several players who Miami is recruiting may be narrowing down their lists in advance of announcing their decisions. Primary among them is 4-star CB Marcus Lewis (Washington, D.C.).

Lewis, who loved his visit to Miami last week and subsequently named the Hurricanes as his leaders, is the primary target at DB left for this class, and adding him would be a big recruiting win. Predictions for Lewis to Miami are becoming the norm, with the last 3 predictions (and 6 of the last 8) on 247Sports' Crystal Ball have him heading to Coral Gables.

Another player who may be close to a decision is 3-star OLB Quart'e Sapp (Alpharetta, GA), who recently tweeted this:

Sapp visited Miami unofficially for the FSU game in November. He has plans to visit Michigan State this weekend, but no plans for January 30th as yet. For Miami have a realistic chance here, they need to get Sapp on campus for an Official Visit. And, even if they do, it may be all for naught. Tennessee is widely thought to be Sapp's final destination at this point.

Another target, Booker T. Washington WR Antonio Callaway, has moved Miami into his final group, according to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. With a final group of Alabama, Miami, and West Virginia, Callaway seems to have left out his presumed childhood favorite team: the Florida Gators. While that may true, Callaway still has a visit to UF scheduled for January 30th. A decision may be made before then, but I don't think we'll know what that is until National Signing Day.

Positive reviews from last visit weekend

Overall, there were positive reviews from the January 16th Official Visit weekend. On top of that, several players tweeted out further reactions to their visits.

Quick hits

A couple links for you guys

This week's Official Visitor preview will be coming on Friday. And be sure to check back to State of the U often as National Signing Day approaches.

Go Canes!