Good Morning Canes Familia,
The weekend has arrived! State of the U has your news and updates regarding all things Miami Hurricanes in the last 24 hours. With the calendar inching closer to February’s National Signing Day, the Canes are turning the heat up on some key recruits to finish strong on the 2019 recruiting trail. We’ll also go over some of the latest names from the transfer portal that could potentially make their way to Coral Gables.
Transfer Portal Updates
Hill and the Hurricanes
If you were too busy binge-watching The Punisher on Netflix, you may have missed the fresh rumours surrounding Miami’s next target via the transfer portal. The latest name that the Hurricanes have appeared to have snatched out of the almighty transfer portal is former Virginia Tech defensive end Trevon Hill.
The reports have not been confirmed by any sources, including Hill himself.
Some push back on today's transfer report from Trevon Hill himself, it seems. https://t.co/QEdD5NyQD2— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 24, 2019
Regardless, rumors continue to suggest that the Hurricanes are in a good position to land the services of the former VT star. The Virginia Beach product was dismissed from the Hokies in 2017 after getting into a verbal confrontation with a VT staff member at halftime in a game against Old Dominion. In his three seasons in Blacksburg, Hill amassed 94 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, one interception and a forced fumble.
Another Addition From the West Coast?
Another name being rumored to join the Canes is former UCLA LB Jaelan Phillips. The 6’5”, 255 pound defensive talent hails from Redlands, California, and was considered the top prospect in the 2017 recruiting class by 247 Sports Composite. It may be early in the courting process, but the Canes familia has embraced the young defender.
TNM— Jaelan Phillips ; ® (@JJPhillips15) January 23, 2019
Miami fans show crazy love they already got me 1,300 followers in one night— Jaelan Phillips ; ® (@JJPhillips15) January 22, 2019
Miami’s locker room will have plenty of West Coast flavour in 2019. UM recently landed QB Tate Martell and S Bubba Bolden via transfer, both of whom hail from Las Vegas, Nevada. That doesn’t include TE Brevin Jordan who played TE at Bishop Gorman HS alongside Martell and Bolden. Should Phillips choose to attend Miami, he would project to be a defensive end. Possessing ideal length and explosion, the UCLA product would be an excellent running mate alongside DE Jonathan Garvin. This would be a major get for the Hurricanes as they look to replace DE Joe Jackson, who declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Miami recently landed Phillips former UCLA teammate, defensive tackle Chigozie Nnoruka.
#WelcomeToTheU, Chigozie Nnoruka. UCLA DT @_GOZZILA_ announces transfer to Miami. #Canes add their 5th transfer through the Portal this offseason. #PortalGang #TheU #TNM https://t.co/U1cvfvsv5P pic.twitter.com/dSWAzXWhBt— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 23, 2019
The Portal Taketh Away
For all that the Hurricanes have reaped from the Transfer Portal in recent weeks, they’ve also have endured their own defections. WR Lawrence Cager and G Haydon Mahoney have taken the plunge into the transfer waters. Earlier this week, WR Marquez Ezzard choose to seek the transfer route. SOTU’s Cam Underwood broke down the decision and ramifications of Ezzard leaving the Hurricanes.
State of Declarations
State of the U’s own Marshall Thoms broke down the 2018 season for Miami’s defensive tackle.
Cam Underwood highlighted the Play of the Year as voted by the SOTU staff. Fitting that said moment comes at the expense of Florida State. It’s funny how those things work out.
More Official Visits
With the days dwindling down to National Signing Day next month, the Hurricanes continue to recruit until the deadline. While the entire list of visitors has not been confirmed, there are notable names reported to be on their way to Coral Gables. Among them is 2019 Wellington RB Mark-Antony Richards, little brother of former Hurricanes’ WR Ahmmon Richards.
Another name to know is 2019 QB Peyton Matocha. A three-star prospect from St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas, UM offered Matocha a scholarship less than a week ago and are hoping to gain his favor this weekend. As a senior Matocha passed for 3,697 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a senior. The 6’4”, 205 pound QB is a dual-threat, rushing for 787 yards and 14 TDs in 2018.
For more information on who will be visiting this weekend stay tuned for the Official Visit Preview dropping later this morning!
A Familiar Face Returns
According to a report from Out the Huddle, former Hurricane Dallas Crawford is set to return to the program to help out the defense in a yet to be named role. Crawford recently spent time working at the University of Georgia as a quality control/offensive assistant.
BREAKING: Per source, Former Canes RB/DB Dallas Crawford has been seen at athletic facility and is being hired to help on the defensive side of the ball.— Out The Huddle (@outthehuddle) January 23, 2019
‘Cuse Dismantle the Canes
Canes Basketball was back in action last night against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Looking to get their second win in ACC play, the Canes played a tough road contest. Ultimately, the Canes fell short, losing 73-53. G Dejan Vasiljevic led the way with 11 points and eight rebounds.