Miami Hurricanes Weekly Recruiting Wrap 1-11-2013
–The Canes landed four-star defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (Don Bosco Prep/Ramsey, N.J.) at the Army All-American Bowl last Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect comes from one of the country’s premier prep football programs. After a strong official visit, the Hurricanes had done enough to secure his services for the next four years. He chose Miami over Notre Dame.
–One of the most talked about names for the Class of 2013 is defensive end Tim Williams (University School/Baton Rouge, La.). The 6-foot-4, 230-pound standout has a short list of schools he has narrowed things down to: LSU, Miami, FSU and Alabama. He caught up with CaneInsider.com to discuss the latest.
On his relationship with Standish Dobard: “He’s a guy from Louisiana, and if I decide to go up there, I just want to be with somebody who knows how we get down here in Louisiana… Me and Standish talk all the time, he’s a great guy and he always tells me you need to commit to Miami, we are going to be a dynasty.”
On what he wants to see from Miami on his official visit: “I just hope to see the coaching staff and the players. When I get down there I’m going to be spending the majority of my time with those guys, I’m not really worried too much about the outside part… I come from a laid back town, not really doing much.”
On Miami head coach Al Golden: “Coach Golden stands out to me because he is the only head coach that I really talk to (consistently), he don’t say he want me, he says he needs me.”
–Running back and 2014 Rutgers commitment Josh Hicks (Palmetto/Miami, Fla.) is getting interest from top-tier programs such as Miami, Florida and LSU. He likes Miami, but has yet to receive an offer. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound rusher has the Canes sitting at No. 2 on his list, right behind Rutgers. Recently, at the Under Armour Underclassmen Combine, Hicks ran a 4.52 forty, good enough for second place at the running back position.
On Miami: “They’re an excellent program really,” Hicks said. “Other than RU, Miami is my number two school.”
On what he’s looking for in a college program: “They have to have togetherness, trust, commitment and family.”
–Top defensive end for the Class of 2014, Keyon Brown (Hardee/Wauchula, Fla.) named LSU, FSU, Florida, UCF, Miami and South Carolina as colleges recruiting him at the moment. He likes the Canes’ coaching staff, the environment and that it’s close to home. Defensive line coach Jethro Franklin has been recruiting him and they’ve built a good bond.
On what he’s looking for in a college: “The coaches, environment and as long as they have my major.”
– “On Wednesday night, The Beast welcomed CANEINSIDER recruiting guru Jon Bastian on to his talk show on AM 790 and FM 104.3 The Ticket in Miami. The Beast and Jon covered all aspects of the ‘Canes recruiting. It’s a must listen for every ‘Canes fan!”—Brian London
–Class of 2014 defensive end Chad Thomas (Booker T. Washington/Miami, Fla.) has a great upside and is prepped for the next level. He possesses a great frame at 6-foot-5 and 226-pounds. Already holding Division 1 scholarship offers, including the Miami Hurricanes, Thomas will likely be an in-state battle between Florida State and the Canes. Coach Barrow is the one recruiting him and is doing a good job so far.
On what he’s looking for in Miami next season: “I want to see what changed when it comes game time.”
On when he plans to make his decision: “I’ll probably wait until that last day.”
–Eddie Jackson (Boyd Anderson/ Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) recently received an offer from Alabama. He has seen his stock rise throughout his senior season, however, it looks as though the Canes have backed off recruiting the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete.
On Miami interest: “I don’t hear nothing from them (Miami) anymore.”
–Miami commitment Travis Rudolph (Cardinal Newman/West Palm Beach, Fla.) was one of the top 150 athletes nationally to be invited to the Under Armour All-America Combine. He is still committed and is looking forward to getting early playing time. Coach Franklin is the coach recruiting him.
On Miami: “What sticks out to me is what Golden tells me. If you come there, you can play. It’s not you’re going to redshirt if you come, no, you have the opportunity to play.”
– Miami Recruiting Notes 1-8: Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Combine was full of updates. Follow the link to find out about some of Miami’s targets that were at the Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Combine.
–Quarterback Chase Litton (Wharton/Tampa, Fla.) performed great at the UA Underclassmen Combine. He was one of the top quarterbacks there and CaneInsider.com had a chance to catch up with him. He said that he still likes Miami, but he doesn’t have tunnel vision as he once did. He’s open to all colleges and is waiting for recruiting to heat back up.