It's been relatively quiet on the recruiting trail for Miami. With the spring evaluation period nearing its end, the staff is focusing on building relationships and identifying players who they want to heavily pursue.
With spring games starting this week until the end of May, there have been some things to talk about though. So, let's talk.
Staff Blanketing South Florida
The built in advantage for recruiting at Miami is location. The staff can, and has, split up to be present at every spring game that's happened in South Florida so far, and that figures to continue.
On Wednesday night, DL Coach Craig Kuligowki and S coach Ephraim Banda were at Miramar for the spring game vs Dillard. That game featured DL commit Jon Ford and DE target Jordan Wright for Dillard, and DB prospects Brian Edwards and Kaheem Roach for Miramar. Ford is a 4-star recruit and worthy of that rating
At Miramar-Dillard, #Canes DL commit Jon Ford is as advertised. 6-5 280 with burst and strength. I see why he's a 4-star recruit. 100% Legit— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) May 19, 2016
Wright, Edwards, and Roach are all 3-star prospects with great height and length for their positions at 6'5", 6'3", and 6'3", respectively. I'd rank them in the same order in terms of preference for the Canes.
DE Jordan Wright is nice with a projectable frame at 6-5 215. Good edge guy. Also, see why he's being highly pursued by #Canes— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) May 19, 2016
Miramar running Brian Edwards at CB with Khaeem Roach Safety over the top on that side. Both players at 6'3 with length. Tough to deal with— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) May 18, 2016
On Thursday, CB coach Mike Rumph was at the Miami Northwestern v Delray Beach Atlantic game. Rumph is an alum of Atlantic HS, so that makes sense.
UM cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph here at Milander Stadium watching Northwestern vs. Delray Atlantic (his alma mater)— J.T. Wilcox (@JTWilcoxSports) May 20, 2016
ALSO on Thursday, DL coach Kuligowski was at St. Thomas Aquinas for their Gold vs Blue scrimmage. I would list the FBS level players at STA, but I'm trying to keep this under 5,000 words today. Suffice it to say that Aquinas is
L-O-A-D-E-D this year. They got 3 or 4 deep with FBS talent at nearly every position. No, I'm not joking or exaggerating. Along with the likes of IMG Academy and Bishop Gorman, Aquinas is one of the top 3 most talented HSFB teams in America this year.
And, DC Manny Diaz was at Cardinal Gibbons to watch 4-star S target Daniel Wright.
Wright is one of the premier DBs in this class locally, and a top 100 player nationally. Miami wants him badly, and the fact that they sent the DC to watch him personally only proves that point.
Didn't see much from QB commit N'Kosi Perry's spring game on the internet, but these next tweets show what kind of player he is and can be.
N'Kosi @KosiPerry hits Javious Brightmon on a 45-yard touchdown pass and Mark Brodkin kicks a PAT, Vanguard leads Dunnellon 7-0— Ocala Preps (@OcalaPreps) May 19, 2016
N'@KosiPerry finds Brightmon again for a 28 yard pass and JaQueces Mathis punches it in from 1-yard out. Vanguard 14, Dunnellon 0— Ocala Preps (@OcalaPreps) May 20, 2016
Yeah, that'll work.
Deejay Dallas' decision coming soon
On Thursday evening, 4-star ATH Deejay Dallas tweeted out his top 5 schools.
Miami has been widely thought to be the leader for Dallas' commitment for quite some time. With the Canes at the top of the above listed top 5, that stands to reason.
Early on Friday morning, Peter Ariz of CanesInSight.com followed with this tweet:
As things currently stand, Miami is the presumptive favorite for Dallas' commitment. Also, there has been a run on 247sports' crystal ball for Dallas to pick Miami. So, things are trending the Canes' way here.
This is a multi-talented player who could find a home on either side of the ball in college. Ariz previously reported that Miami is open to playing Dallas both ways in his collegiate career.
We will get into this more in the coming days, but as you read this, I feel very confident that Dallas will be picking Miami when he announces his commitment on Saturday afternoon.
Derrick Smith showing his skills
Just one play from his spring game, but DB Derrick Smith is pretty damn good. Smith has himself said Miami are the leaders in his recruitment, and it could be just a matter of time until he commits.
Trinity safety Derrick Smith just made an unbelievable interception. Wow— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) May 19, 2016
Just wish we had video of this reportedly amazing play.
Derrick Smith is the real deal at safety. Has great length and range. He's legit— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) May 19, 2016
Yeah. That'll work.
Elite WR Tyrell Shavers has Canes in his top 10
Miami has been said to want size at WR and Speed at WR. There is arguably no player with a better combination of those things than 4-star WR Tyrell Shavers (Lewisville, TX).
Lewis, who stands 6'6" 202lbs, dominated at Nike's The Opening Dallas Regional. The domination started when Shavers ran a 4.38 40 yard dash, and continued throughout the day. Shavers seems to be in consideration for a 5th star, so you can see what kind of recruit he is.
Miami offered Shavers back when he started to blow up on March 13th. Ron Dugans and Todd Hartley also visited his school during the spring evaluation period, so there's a decent effort to build a connection here.
On Thursday, Shavers released his top 10 schools, a list that includes Miami.
At this point, it seems that Miami is on the outside looking in on Shavers' recruitment, but being on the list of 10 is better than not. Just so you know what kind of prospect Shavers is and why he's so highly pursued, feast your eyes on the HUDL highlights below.
There's more, but we'll leave that for another day.
Enjoy your weekend, and check back tomorrow for a commitment piece, hopefully.