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Recruiting Radar - quick updates 12/11

A couple very, VERY interesting things happened today on the recruiting trail.

5-star TE Isaac Nauta took an unofficial visit to Coral Gables on Friday. Could Miami be in play for this top 10 player?
5-star TE Isaac Nauta took an unofficial visit to Coral Gables on Friday. Could Miami be in play for this top 10 player?

Just a couple quick notes from today:

Nation's Top Tight End visits Coral Gables

I wrote a piece earlier about the Official Visits happening this weekend. To check that out, you can click the embed on the right. At the end of that article, like all visit articles, I ended by saying "There's been rumors that there might be several other players who come by for unofficial visits, but we'll deal with that if/once those visits get confirmed." Well, that time has come.

It came out on Friday morning that the Nation's top TE prospect, 5-star Isaac Nauta (6'4", 237lbs) from Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy was on campus for an unofficial visit. You can see the evidence thereof in the below tweets:

Nauta, an elite 5-star talent, has already taken all 5 of his Official Visits. So, for him to take an unofficial visit matters. I mean, he had to pay his entire way to Miami for this visit, so that probably means there's some kind of intrigue about Miami on Nauta's part.

Another layer of this story is the fact that after Nauta decommitted from FSU on July 28th, Georgia was widely considered to be the leader for Nauta's services. Now, with former Georgia Coach Mark Richt now the head man in Coral Gables (and rumors that Georgia TE coach John Lily - Nauta's lead recruiter - will join Richt's staff at Miami), Nauta may possibly be considering the Hurricanes.

Nauta is on track to be an Early Enrollee, so this is the last opportunity he would have to visit Coral Gables before the Recruiting Dead Period, which starts on the 15th and ends after EE players would be enrolled at their chosen University. I'm not sure what level of "chance" Miami has to land this top 10 overall talent, but this is something we'll surely keep an eye on.


Nauta now says that Miami is a finalist for his commitment/early enrollment according to this report by Canesport ($),



Oh yeah. Almost forgot. Here are Nauta's HUDL highlights, just so you know what a 5-star TE prospect looks like in game action.

Talented SoFLA ATH decommits from Georgia

After last week's hiring of Mark Richt as Head Coach, I wrote this article about some things that could happen in the near future on the recruiting trail. And, 8 days later, one of those things has happened.

Talented 3-star ATH Malek Young (5'10", 175lbs) from Coconut Creek (FL) HS, a dynamic two-way player who projects well as an athletic cornerback at the collegiate level, announced his decommitment from Georgia.

Young, who is a U.S. Army All-American and teammates at the HS level with two supremely talented prospects: CB Trayvon Mullen and WR Binjimen Victor, is a player who was committed to Mark Richt and Georgia. But you know the story now: Richt isn't at Georgia, he's at Miami, and Young could follow him to Coral Gables.

Young has already set up an official visit to Coral Gables for January, and he, along with the aforementioned Mullen and Victor, received a visit from Miami coaches at his HS last week. So, there's a connection here, and it's worth following to see if it's just an infatuation or if there's something serious brewing between Young and the Canes.

Young's HUDL highlights are below:


That's it for now. More updates when they're available.

Go Canes