What’s up EOTH. It’s ya boy, bg1906, and as the Canes embark upon their biggest recruiting weekend of the 2013 cycle, here is an update of where the Canes stand on the recruiting front.
Current Commitments (13)
QB Kevin Olsen (Wayne, NJ)
Commitment Status: Solidly committed and expected to sign with Miami. Olsen will be officially visiting this weekend (Jan 18th). He had a poor performance in the UA All-American game, but that was his first extended action since coming of an injury that sidelined him for most of his senior year.
TE Standish Dobard (Edna, LA)
Commitment Status: Solidly committed and expected to sign with Miami, and will be officially visiting this weekend (Jan 18th). He has been very vocal about his commitment level to Miami and is solid as they come; in fact, he was very excited to see the Canes land Beau Sandland and said he’s looking forward to learning from him. LOVE THIS KID! He also led his team to a 15-0 record and a state championship.
TE/OL Jeremy Kerr (St Petersburg, FL)
Commitment Status: Kerr has been committed to UM for quite a while. However, lately he officially visited FSU as well. With the shake up in the staff recently and Mario Cristobal coming in as the TE Coach, much of if Kerr remains as a commitment will depend on if he and Cristobal are a fit. This is one to keep an eye on down the stretch. Kerr says he hasn’t heard from Cristobal yet, and that he may unofficially visit Miami this weekend to have a face to face with the staff and check on his status. If he decommits, look for him to sign with FSU.
OL Alex Gall (Cincinnati, OH)
Commitment Status: Solidly committed and expected to sign with Miami, and will be officially visiting this weekend (Jan 18th). Gall led his team to a state championship and is as solid as they come. He even had the following to say on Twitter, “If im from Cincinnati, Ohio and see that Miami is doing something special how come kids from Florida can’t see it?”
LB Alex Figueroa (Stafford, VA)
Commitment Status: Early Enrollee. Figueroa will be one of four early enrollees. He is already on campus and will participate in spring football. ATHLETE and a real sleeper in the class! Was All-Met (DC/MD/VA in 2012), but academics kept him from being highly recruited. He went to prep school but due to injury was unable to play. He did however get his academics in order and committed to Miami in December.
DB Artie Burns (Miami, FL)
Commitment Status: Solidly committed and expected to sign with Miami, and will be officially visiting this weekend (Jan 18th). Burns is a nationally rated hurdler and was the player Golden was referring too when he mentioned we had elite speed coming in during his radio interview on WQAM last week. He had a very big week during the practices for the UA All-American game and really showed his versatility as a CB, S, and Return Specialist. He showed that he can play both CB and S as he can cover and has the make up speed to play CB, but the physicality and range to play Safety. Deion Sanders said during the UA All-American game practices that he sees him as a difference maker at Safety and I agree!
DB Jamal Carter (Miami, FL)
Commitment Status: Solidly committed and expected to sign with Miami, and will be officially visiting this weekend (Jan 18th). Carter has taken a few visits including one to LSU that had some people worried. Talk about aggressive recruiting, well before Carter got on his plane to Baton Rouge, he was met at the airport by a contingent of Canes coaches who “kicked it with him” before he left for LSU. They basically told him have a good time, we’ll see you when you get back. Carter was so impressed by that that he tweeted from the plane, “Jus [sic] chilled wit my future coaches until it was time to check in… They really came to chill wit me before I went on a visit to another college! Dats [sic] real!!”
ATH Ray Lewis III (Lake Mary, FL)
Commitment Status: Solidly committed and expected to sign with Miami, and will be officially visiting this weekend (Jan 18th). Son of a UM Legend so you know where Miami is for him. Some wonder if he has the skill set to be in this class, but I believe no matter what he’s good for the program and good for this class. He’s being recruited as an ATH and they’ll figure out his position later. He played small school football but was dominant. His stats are off the charts on both sides of the ball and think he’s worth the risk.
OL Hunter Knighton (Princeton, NJ)
Commitment Status: Early Enrollee. Knighton is the second of four early enrollees. He should already be on campus and will participate in spring football. He was a 2 way starter that had BCS level offers on both offense and defense. His future at UM appears to be on the OL.
DE/OLB Devante Bond (Sacramento, CA)
Commitment Status: Solidly committed and expected to sign with Miami. Bond has already officially visited Miami (Dec 7) and shortly thereafter he committed. Since his commitment, other schools have taken interest and offered, including Tennessee and Cal. He says he may visit some other schools just for the experience but that he’s solidly committed to Miami. He’s a JUCO Sophomore but will not receive his AA until May which mean he’ll enter UM probably in June as a true Junior.
TE Beau Sandland (Woodland Hills, CA)
Commitment Status: Signed. Because he was a JUCO prospect, Beau Sandland has already signed and on campus as Miami’s third early enrollee. Sandland was heavily recruited by Brennan Carroll who was slated to be his position until a staff shake up last week shifted Carroll to becoming the WR coach for the departed George McDonald. Luckily Sandland was already in the bag before that happened. Sandland will now be coached by Mario Cristobal who has a STELLAR reputation as an OL and TE Coach. Sandland was ranked the #1 JUCO TE Prospect for 2013.
OL Sonny Odogwu (Baltimore, MD)
Commitment Status: Early Enrollee. Odogwu is the fourth of four early enrollees. Odogwu is a prospect that got Miami’s attention during the 2012 cycle but ended up at Hargrave Prep. The Canes continued to recruit him, as the staff seemed intrigued with his unique combination of raw size and ability (6’8, 307 lbs – former basketball and soccer player). He’s new to football (only has played 2 or so years) but appears very eager to succeed. He has a huge upside and Kehoe really likes his potential. Odogwu originally hails from Nigeria.
DE Alquadin Muhammad (Ramsey, NJ)
Commitment Status: Committed. Alquadin Muhammad from NJ powerhouse Don Bosco Prep is probably the biggest surprise on the Canes’ commitment list. He was all but thought to be a lock for Notre Dame until the Irish cancelled his official visit due to academic concerns (apparently he didn’t have a required class for admission to ND). He did however take an official to UM and loved it. Then for the 2nd year in a row, the Canes had someone actually pick them during the Army All-American as Muhammad stated he was, “Taking his talents to the University of Miami.” BIG TIME PROSPECT and I expect him to get into the mix as a pass rusher right away! Incredibly athletic, check out his highlights below and pay attention at the :18 second mark…WOW! The staff’s Northeast roots paid dividends on this one, and it also opens up a potential pipeline to a nationally ranked and recognized program in Don Bosco Prep. The challenge will be to hold on to him until signing day as many feel things can get complicated if Notre Dame comes back into the picture.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of bg1906’s January 2013 Recruiting Update, coming to you on Friday! GO ‘CANES!