Last week, the Under Armour All-America game took center stage. Missed our recap? Got you covered:
Recruiting Radar: Under Armour All-American game recap. #Canes commits shine vs the best. https://t.co/pFi2V3izU5 pic.twitter.com/zjyTdRYOgH— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 2, 2016
Now, the focus shifts to the U.S. Army All-American game, and even more recruiting news. So, without further ado...
UPDATE: Jawon Hamilton Decommits from Miami
South Dade RB Jawon Hamilton has decommitted from Miami. He was rumored to be on the outs with the new coaching staff, and this move doesn't concretely prove that, but it seems pretty close to the truth, no?
@Corey_Bender @RyanBartow @HamiltonESPN pic.twitter.com/AzvK4dnQgS— Jawon Hamilton 5⃣ (@jawonhamilton) January 4, 2016
Attrition, thy name is Jawon Hamilton.
Sam Bruce. Solid?
Sam Bruce has been the player most Canes fans have been wondering about through this coaching change. Why? His very close relationship with former WR coach Kevin Beard. The pair have known each other for years, and that could be a make or break relationship for Bruce's recruitment.
Where we stand: Beard is said to have had the opportunity to interview for the vacant WR coach position with Mark Richt. No announcement either way has been made.
For Bruce, he seems to be talking in circles in this article by InsideTheU.com ($). He both says that he's firmly committed to Miami, but if KB (Beard) were to be let go, then that might change things. Confusing, I know. David Furones of The Miami Herald offers a blog on the topic.
My take on this: If Beard is retained on staff, Bruce is 100% locked up. If Beard doesn't stay on staff, then the window opens for Bruce to flip. That would take a big effort from somebody, though, as we're a mere 30 days from National Signing day when this article is posted.
Malek Young rearranging visits
A top target, 3-star ATH Malek Young is a player that Miami is chasing hard. He was committed to Georgia when Richt coached there, and CMR has made Young a priority since he's been at Miami.
Young will still visit Miami after the dead period on January 22nd, but he'll also visit Clemson on the 15th, and South Carolina gets his last visit on the 29th.
As I've said before, Miami has a desperate need at CB (Young's best and future position, IMO) on the roster and Young is a talented and athletic player who could contribute immediately at that spot. Keep an eye on him through this week.
Canes out of running for top recruits
There were always going to be targets who eliminated Miami from their list of consideration. Two prominent ones who did so in the last week were 5-star ATH Mecole Hardman
Top 6 pic.twitter.com/Vu7fmamn3i— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@iiAm_Mesho) January 1, 2016
and 4-star DT D'Andre Christmas-Giles
Top 5 pic.twitter.com/JkyClnSPfq— Christmas-Giles (@_DChristmas) December 31, 2015
Miami still has plenty of targets on the horizon, but players of this caliber will need to start making their way onto the roster, not just take a visit or have Miami "in the running" for a while.
4-star CB Lavert Hill reconsidering Miami visit?
A star player from Detroit (my hometown, WASSUP!!!?), 4-star CB Lavert Hill may be reconsidering taking a visit to Miami.
Hill, whose teammate 4-star WR Donnie Corley recently received an offer, told InsideTheU.com ($) that either Miami or UCLA will get his last visit on January 29th.
With a subsequent report coming out that Hill could potentially commit to a school during the U.S. Army All-American game on Saturday, that last visit weekend is looking more and more like a free trip to a cool city that Hill has never been to, and doesn't plan on picking for his collegiate destination.
Jamel Cook to visit Miami
6-4 DB Jamel Cook, a FSU commit, will visit Miami next weekend on the 15th. Cook will follow that visit with trips to USC or Alabama on the 22nd, and Florida State, to whom he is committed, on the 29th.
Cook, like many commits, has said he's solid to FSU. And, with Florida State getting the final visit, it's going to take yeoman's work by the new Miami coaching staff (which still doesn't have a DB coach, by the way) to flip Cook. We can dream, sure, but I don't see it happening.
Amir Rasul to visit Miami, too, maybe?
Once a Miami commit, RB Amir Rasul will once again visit campus in January. Rasul, who attends local Coral Gables HS (i.e. the HS in the same city as UM), says he is "80% committed" to FSU.
Rasul had a strong showing in the Semper Fi All-American game, scoring 3 TDs in his team's victory. With 2 RBs committed in this class (Travis Homer and Jawon Hamilton), Miami would have to have one of those players drop for Rasul to have a spot. But, before we even engage in that conversation, Rasul has to make his way down Ponce De Leon and visit the UM campus. We'll see if that happens.
What's up with Amir Watts?
Right at the beginning of the dead period, there was a run on predictions that Amir Watts, a 6'3" DL from Chicago, would pick Miami as his collegiate destination.
Since then, there's been a question that's come up: does Watts have an offer? There are conflicting reports on this, so I honestly don't know. And, with Watts having visits to Indiana, Pittsburgh, and Nebraska on the books after the dead period, I just don't see how it's feasible that he picks Miami without a visit.
Stranger things have happened, sure, but this doesn't seem to be a connection that's forthcoming.
Early Enrollees ready to go
Early Enrollees Jack Allison and Pat Bethel competed in the Under Armour game, along with Sam Bruce and Dionte Mullins. Allison and Bethel, two of five incoming mid-year enrollees, told David Furones of The Miami Herald they're both ready to get started at Miami. Click below to read more.
New post: @J_Allison4, @Pat_Bethel93 ready to start college careers at UM https://t.co/rZxZinDqAA @smillerdegnan pic.twitter.com/LVQkHuWqPQ— David Furones (@DavidFurones90) January 3, 2016
That's it for today. Ask a question, leave a comment, and be sure you check back later for our preview of the U.S. Army All-American game later this week.