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Baylor grants releases 5 signees. Could Miami get involved with any?

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After Baylor finally granted releases to signees who had requested them, is there a chance Miami could move to bring one (or more) to Coral Gables?

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Over the course of the last month and a half, Baylor University and the Bears football team has been embroiled in a wide ranging scandal. There is a ton of information out there about this, which includes alleged sexual assaults, covering up of those assaults, and more. You can read the storystream on the right from the main SBNation site for more in-depth coverage and conversation about this.

Focusing on the football side of things, several highly rated players in Baylor's 2016 recruiting class requested releases from their NLIs once this scandal broke. For weeks, Baylor refused to grant releases to these players. That was a major sticking point as the players in question could not transfer to another school on scholarship without being granted a release.

After weeks of standing firm on this point, Baylor announced on Thursday evening that 5 of their 2016 signees had been granted releases.

The 5 players who were granted releases were among Baylor's top signees. They are:
Interim Baylor Coach Jim Grobe had this to say regarding the releases:
"I wanted the opportunity to talk with our signees and their families before providing any releases," Grobe said. "This has never been about whether or not we would ultimately provide individuals with a release. We simply asked that we go through the process outlined by the NLI, take some time and have the chance to speak with the student-athletes and their parents." - Waco Tribune
Now, the question here is can or will Miami make a move with any of the now-released players? Donovan Duvernay's twin brother, top-flight WR Devin Duvernay, just signed with Texas. So, it stands to reason he'll follow suit.

Hudson, arguably the best player of the now-released group, has said his recruitment is "just getting started". I'd look for Texas here, as well.

In the previous cycle, Miami offered both RB Kam Martin and OT J.P. Urquidez. The connection was far stronger with Urquidez than it was with Martin, however.

A talented 4-star tackle, Urquidez had Miami in his final group of 4 along with Texas, Baylor, and Oklahoma. The U.S. Army All-American eventually ended up picking Baylor, but the previous material in this article tell us how we got to this point.

With a massive need for Tackles, not just guys who can play OL, TACKLES specifically, I would expect Miami to at least make contact with Urquidez. New OL coach Stacy Searels once coaches at Texas, and recruited that area for years. The connection there is easy to see, and I hope that Miami and Searels at least reach out to Urquidez and get a feel for his interest, if any.

Here's a look at Urquidez's HUDL highlights:


It still remains to be seen if Miami will make a move to try and bring in any of the newly-released Baylor recruits. But, with scholarships open and needs to be filled, I would hope that Miami will at least inquire with Urquidez and to a lesser extent Martin.

More on this as it's available.

Go Canes!