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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: Clemson weekend

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The Recruiting Radar is back, and there's plenty to talk about with developments, a commitment, and visits on deck.

Big visit this weekend for Wellington WR Ahmmon Richards
Big visit this weekend for Wellington WR Ahmmon Richards
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Hey there, gang! I know, it's been a while since a Recruiting Radar, and I'm sorry. Life and whatnot. Anyways, enough about that. We're back! And there's plenty to talk about. So, let's get to talking.

2018 WR Daquris Wiggins commits to The U

On Wednesday night, Al Golden and Co. got a commitment from 2018 WR Daquris Wiggins from Miami Killian HS. That's the same HS that produced current Canes Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine, and former Cane Lamar Miller.

Wiggins is a talented player, and the 7th player to commit to the 2018 recruiting class. Here's my full recap of this commitment

Attrition continues as DB James Pierre flips his commitment

One of the more underrated players in the 2016 class, S James Pierre from Deerfield Beach HS has been making a name for himself with his strong play. He helped the Bucks defeat nationally-ranked powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas 6-3, and even had the game-winning interception to seal the deal.

Shortly thereafter, Pierre flipped his commitment, dropping his pledge to the University of Miami and verbally committing to the University of North Carolina.

Pierre is the latest player to flip his commitment away from the Canes, joining a long list that have switched pledges over recent years. He's also a player who said previously that Miami was his "dream school" which, in terms of recruiting, is pretty much the death knell of any chance that player will actually end up wearing Hurricanes Orange and Green.

While only a 3-star, I think Pierre has good skills and losing him from this class matters, but it isn't a class-killer. The bright side? South Florida has about a million athletes who can play DB at the college level. So, hopefully, it won't be too hard to replace him in this class between now and National Signing Day.

#Swag16 commit CB Tyler Byrd not taking visits?

With the talk about commits potentially flipping (more on this in a bit), some good news comes from the recruiting trail: Naples CB Tyler Byrd told InsideTheU.com he may not be taking visits to other schools ($).

Byrd, a 4-star prospect who has been committed to Miami since February, is one of the best prospects in Miami's recruiting class. If he indeed decides to forgo taking visits elsewhere, that is a major win for Miami. BUT, it's still early. So, be cautiously optimistic, but stay tuned.

QB commit Jack Allison, Under Armour All-American

I've been saying for a long time that Jack Allison is worthy of high accolades. On Thursday, that plea became reality as Allison received his Under Armour All-American game jersey

Not only that, but in a blog by ESPN recruiting analyst Derek Tyson, Allison said his commitment to the University of Miami is "Strong". With many schools in need of QB help in this class, that news can only be considered positive for the Canes and their connection to the 6'4" Allison, who has already signed a Grant-in-Aid agreement, putting him on track to enroll in Coral Gables in January.

Canes pursuing many WRs

So, it's no secret that Miami is looking to take multiple receivers in this class. After only signing 1 in the 2015 cycle (Freshman Lawrence Cager) and losing at least 2 after this year (Rashawn Scott and Herb Waters are Seniors; D'Mauri Jones has no role on this team and could transfer, and Stacy Coley could go to the NFL after this year), Miami is in a place where the Canes need to bring in multiple guys who can play from day 1 in this class.

To that end, Miami has 5 WRs committed at this time: Sam Bruce, Reginald Henderson, WR/TE Michael Irvin II, Dionte Mullins, and Ahmmon Richards. But, even with that being the case, Miami is still making moves in pursuit of several high caliber recruits at this position.

Primary among this group is 5-star WR Nate Craig-Myers. A former Auburn commit, Craig-Myers holds more than 50 offers from nearly every major program in America. Since his decommitment from Auburn, Craig-Myers has been most closely linked with Florida, where his brother Jayvaughn Myers is committed, and Florida State, arguably the leader for his commitment at this moment. Craig-Myers will be taking an unofficial visit to Coral Gables this weekend for the Clemson game, and while Miami could make a move here, I'd be surprised if that ends up being the case. Yet and still, keep an eye on this.

Another WR the Canes are after now is 4-star WR Darnell SalomonI wrote about this 3 weeks ago, but here's the TL;DR recap

Yet another WR Miami is chasing is 5-star ATH Mecole Hardman. Hardman was on hand for his official visit for the Nebraska game in September, so he's been to campus already, which means that Miami is at least seriously involved in his recruitment. Few who follow recruiting, however, believe that Hardman will end up signing with the Canes. But, he's still on the radar for now.

On top of those new targets who are all highly regarded recruits, Miami has extended offers to 54 WRs according to 247Sports' offer tracker. That's more than double the offers for any other position. WR is clearly a priority in this class, and the staff is definitely working to add talent and depth to the roster at this position. Can they add one of these top talents to the class? That remains to be seen.

Several commits being pursued heavily by others

So, it's that time. There are several current Miami commits who are being pursued by other teams in the hopes of flipping their commitments. Who? Here goes:

  1. WR Sam Bruce - Bruce has said in recent weeks that he's solid to Miami. But, after having made statements that he's looking for Miami to win 9+ games, and his close relationship with Jordan Scarlett, a 2015 recruit who flipped from Miami to Florida late in the process, many have had their eyes on Bruce's recruitment all along. UF is probably the team most closely connected to Bruce right now, but there is chatter Auburn may be trying to join the fray as well.
  2. LB Zach McCloud - Much like the aforementioned Bruce, McCloud has been most closely linked with UF and Auburn. Adding fuel to the situation, guess who's recruiting McCloud for Florida? Randy Shannon. Yes, that Randy Shannon. 
    Florida State may try to make a move here as well. The one thing that gives Miami the edge? McCloud has signed a Grant-in-Aid Agreement, which gives the Canes unlimited and unrestricted contact to McCloud. Hopefully that increased ability to communicate closes the deal and gets McCloud to campus in January to add depth and high end talent to a severely depleted Linebacking corps.
  3. WR Ahmmon Richards - While Richards has been a solid commit for a while, things are heating up in his recruitment with Alabama putting the full court press on this talented playmaker. Richards has had a monster season to this point, already over 1300 yards and 10 TDs through 7 games of his senior year. He's one of the best WRs in this cycle, regardless of rankings, and it will be a fight to turn his commitment into a signed NLI on National Signing Day.
  4. RB Zack Moss - A player who has gone from off-the-radar to a household name in recruiting circles, Moss has received many offers through the first half of his senior year. While no single school is standing out in pursuit of the bruising 205lb RB like the others on this list, the fact that his play has raised his profile means that things could heat up here in the future.

Visits for the biggest recruiting weekend of the year

In even years, the Florida State game is the biggest recruiting event of the season for Miami. It's easy to see why: It's a huge rivalry game, both schools recruit the same base of players, and, well, IT'S FLORIDA STATE vs MIAMI!!!!

This year, with the Canes playing Florida State on the road, this week's game vs Clemson now becomes the biggest recruiting weekend of the football season. With 3 Official Visits on the books, and many (most?) HS players using this week for their 1 free ticket to attend a Canes game, this Saturday's game could mean more than just a W or L on the books for this season's record.

Official Visitors

There are 3 official visitors for this week's game, and they are.....

WR Ahmmon Richards (6'2" 170lbs), Wellington HS, Wellington, FL - Canes commit

Yes, this is the 2nd time I've mentioned Richards in this article, but this one is a good one. He's taking his Official Visit to Coral Gables this weekend, and this visit can go a long way toward strengthening his commitment to the Canes.

Richards is a beast. He's been flat out dominant this season. Hopefully, the connection between he and WR coach Kevin Beard, and being around offensive players like Brad Kaaya, Stacy Coley, Herb Waters, and Rashawn Scott will entice him to want to be a Hurricane when National Signing Day comes around.

DB Christopher McWilliams (5'11", 164lbs), Southwest Senior HS, Miami, FL - FLORIDA COMMIT

A 3-star recruit from the same school that former FSU DB Lamarcus Joyner attended before transferring to St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior year, McWilliams is a talented player who is currently committed to the University of Florida.

Miami has been recruiting McWilliams for a while, and has an opening at DB with the previously listed decommitment of James Pierre. With all of that being true, I'd put this in the category of "free visit" until I hear otherwise. You can see McWilliams' highlights below:

DB Devin Studstill (6'1", 180lbs), Palm Beach Gardens HS, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

A very good player on a very good HS team, S Devin Studstill is one of the more coveted DB prospects in the South Florida area. Joining Miami in pursuit of the 3-star prospect are Notre Dame (whom he visited last weekend) and West Virginia, among many others.

The Notre Dame connection is easy to see: his former HS teammate and 2015 recruit LB Te'Von Coney is a freshman for the Irish. And, because of that, Studstill has been a top target for ND at Safety throughout this cycle.

Miami, however, has also been heavily connected with Studstill's recruitment. He's visited Coral Gables unofficially on at least 2 occasions in the past year, and this week's visit could go a long way towards getting the uncommitted and slightly under rated Studstill to commit to the Canes. You can see his HUDL highlights below:

Unofficial visitors

Like I said, this game will have many unofficial visitors using their 1 ticket to see the Canes. Among those visiting unofficially are:

  • WR Nate Craig-Myers (previously discussed)
  • DB Jayvaughn Myers (NCM's brother; UF commit)
  • DB Jamel Cook (FSU commit; Miami Central HS)
  • DB Trayvon Mullen (top target of LSU and FSU; put Canes in top 13 released earlier this week). Wrong. Mullen is at LSU for an unofficial. So yeah. My bad.

Appreciate each and every school that took the time out ! Very Thankful pic.twitter.com/9MoHOIyKm3

— T.MullenJr (@Mullen_1era) October 20, 2015

  • 2017 WR Jerry Jeudy (uncommitted; formerly at Monarch HS with Calvin Ridley and Shawn Burgess-Becker; transferred to Deerfield Beach HS for this year along with Cavin Ridley)
  • Many, many more.

So yeah. This week's game matters both for this season and moving into the future of recruiting.

Basketball recruiting update

With the early signing period for basketball right around the corner (November 11-18), this cycle is at a crucial point.

Top target 5-star PF Dewan Huell (6'9", 190lbs) from Miami Norland HS has already visited Coral Gables as well as Tallahassee (the other team at the top of his recruitment) but has not announced a date for his decision.

4-star combo Guard Tyson Carter visited Miami the same weekend as Huell, but most think he'll commit to hometown Mississippi State in the end. Still, worth following.

Miami is hosting another top talent very soon in an effort to add to their recruiting class.

4-star SG Bruce Brown, a top 40 player in this class, is set to visit Coral Gables next weekend. With several wing players set to graduate this year, including Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, Brown could step in and play major minutes for the Canes as a freshman. Oh, and he can hoop. Check the highlights:

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Whew. That was a lot. Thoughts? Ideas? Questions? Leave a comment below.

GO CANES!!!