Miami Football Recruiting 2014: Updates on Commits, Visits and Offers
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Monday, July 22
"Me and Nigel talked a little bit about it yesterday," Thomas said. "They were one of my top schools the whole time and today I just said they were the place for me. I called Golden this morning and he went slightly crazy."
Thomas also had offers from Alabama, Florida State and he was considering Louisville for a while. He now gives Miami 23 commitments in the 2014 recruiting class.
Thursday, July 18
Defensive end Keyon Brown has named Miami his favorite several times throughout the recruiting process, but he has recently had a change of heart, according to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required):
I started seeing other things I liked and that changed my mind about Miami. It’s just my own thing. It wasn’t because of something they didn’t do or what they don’t have. It’s nothing against them, I can’t say a bad word about Miami. They’ve done everything they possibly could to legally recruit me. I wake up to check my phone and I have Facebook messages waiting from almost every one of their coaches. They’re always trying to talk and see how my day is going.
Georgia is in the lead for the 4-star recruit, with Miami, Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee rounding out his top five, per the report. Brown does hope to visit Miami sometime in August.
Tuesday, July 16
Wide receiver Jeffery Farrar would like to know more about Miami. He is well aware of the football aspect, but he would like to get more familiar with the little things, according to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required):
I just want to find out more about them by getting out there to see it. If I do, I feel like I’ll love it. I already know about the football side, everyone knows they have a great program. I’m looking into the school itself and the statistics of how they compare academically. I’ll be able to learn more about the campus and the location.
The 3-star receiver also went on to tell Adelson that Miami is one of the schools he will officially visit. Farrar was officially offered on May 14 and holds other offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and UCLA, among others.
Wednesday, June 26
Miami has received yet another commitment. This time it comes from 3-star quarterback Malik Rosier. According to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required), Rosier and his family were tired of holding out on the decision:
I really like Miami and my mom really likes Miami. We kind of sat down and she said, 'if you like them, what is really the point in waiting any longer?' That made sense to me so I went ahead and committed.
Miami now has three quarterbacks in this class and 17 overall commitments.
Monday, June 24
It was a big weekend for the Hurricanes, as three recruits jumped on board. The three recent commits are 3-star defensive end Mike Smith, 4-star linebacker Darrion Owens and 4-star athlete Trayon Gray.
Many had Owens going to Georgia, but he told Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required) that Miami gave him a gut feeling that felt too good:
I was just having a good time and I got that feeling with Miami. I figured it was time to go ahead and commit. It really wasn’t planned out at all, it just happened. I didn’t think I would end up doing it but I loved the school.
Gray told David Lake of 247Sports (subscription required) that Miami was always the school of choice.
"That was amazing and Miami is the school I always wanted, so I committed," Gray said.
These three commitments now bring the Miami total to a solid 15 recruits.
Wednesday, June 19
The visits I took this spring to Florida and Miami, I got everything out of it that I wanted to and I don’t need to go again. I’m taking my first visit to USC on July 5th. Then I thought I would go up to Ohio State this weekend but that’s going to wait because my parents want me to go there after USC. I’ll probably have a good idea on committing a couple weeks after I get those two trips in.
Roberts is a 4-star wide receiver who is being recruited by Miami to play a hybrid position. He is considered to be the 30th-best wide receiver of the 2014 recruiting class. Per the report, he hopes to make a decision before his senior season begins.
Monday, June 10
I wanted to go down and see the school and work with the coaches and afterwards I felt like it was a good time to commit because I fell in love with the atmosphere. The coaches don't feed you what you want to hear, they feed you what you need to know. They never said I was going to start as a freshman or anything like that. They were straight and honest with me.
Tuesday, June 4
Miami has now become the leader for running back Daniel Gresham. The 4-star recruit visited with the Hurricanes on June 3, and according to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required), he considers Miami the front-runners.
“Miami is number one no doubt,” Gresham said. “There’s just something about this place that I fell in love with.”
Gresham has offers from Alabama, Florida State and Arkansas, among others. He plans to visit Ole Miss for the second time later this week.
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Tuesday, June 4
Wide receiver J.C. Jackson has decommitted from Florida State and is now leaning in the direction of Florida and Miami. According to Luke Stampini of 247Sports (subscription required), the 4-star player just got back from visiting the Hurricanes, and he liked what he saw.
“I went there yesterday,” Jackson said of the Hurricanes. “It was pretty good, they told me a lot of things. It was nicer than I thought, it was pretty big.”
Jackson isn't sure when he will make a decision, but it is clear all three major Florida programs are now neck and neck.
Tuesday, May 28
"I need to really think about it all and take all my visits to really find the best fit for me, and I think it was just a little too early. I just feel this is best for me."
West was expected to make a decision from his top four finalists of Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State and Wisconsin. But according to the report, he hopes to visit Miami and Ole Miss before scheduling an announcement at a later date.
Tuesday, May 28
Demetrius Knox has announced his top five favorite schools, according to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required), which include Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon and UCLA. The former Texas commit has only visited the Buckeyes out of that group but says he enjoys the history and everything that comes with the Hurricanes:
That’s a big school I’m looking at, the history there is crazy. You look back at the past and it’s my kind of football. They would hit you in the mouth and make sure you understood that it’s the ‘U’. The showboating during games, that was great to me. It’s even better when you can back it up and they always did.
Knox is capable of playing either guard or tackle and says distance won't play a factor in his decision, according to the report.
Tuesday, May 21
Defensive tackle Travonte Valentine made an unofficial visit to Miami on May 6 and obviously liked what he saw. According to Matt Shodell of Rivals (subscription required), Valentine will announce his top five schools in a couple of weeks, and Miami is certain to be pretty high up there.
"I felt a little closer to Miami again," he said. "I'm still holding out on my decision, want to take more visits before I make my decision."
According to the report, Valentine will make his decision on Nov. 15, his birthday.
Monday, May 20
"Those are the schools I'm considering," he says. "I wanted to narrow it down so my recruiting process wouldn't be so hectic."
According to the report, Randolph plans to visit Miami after the spring, or possibly even schedule an official visit.
Wednesday, May 15
The Hurricanes have decided to become the latest school to offer safety T.J. Harrell. A 3-star recruit from Tampa, Harrell has offers from the other major Florida schools and is high on Florida State, according to his 247Sports page.
Harrell took an unofficial visit to check out the Seminoles on April 13.
Wednesday, May 15
Terrific size at 6'3", 290 pounds and with terrific footwork, Knox is a solid player in the 2014 recruiting class. Along with Miami, he has offers from UCLA, Florida State, Ohio State and Alabama, among others.
Tuesday, May 14
Big offer for Upland (Calif) ATH Jeff Farrar from Miami— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) May 14, 2013
Wide receiver Jeffery Farrar is slowly earning more attention, as he picked up an offer from Michigan State on May 6. According to Greg Biggins of Scout, Farrar has now been offered by the Miami Hurricanes.
Monday, May 13
Miami landed its eighth commitment with quarterback Brad Kaaya announcing he will become a Hurricane. According to David Lake of 247Sports (subscription required), Kaaya felt it was time to make his announcement early:
They were the first school to offer me. Right from that moment, they had an advantage and really after I went and took an unofficial visit there, they were going to tough to beat. It just felt right to commit now.
Monday, May 13
Honestly they’re recruiting me extremely hard, they’re one of my big favorites. My brother lives down there with his girlfriend and I’m really close with him so that’s a big thing. Then my recruiter, Coach Hurlie Brown, he would be my position coach if I ended up going there. I told him how much I would love to get down for a visit and we talked about some dates.
Gresham also has offers from Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss, but it is clear the Hurricanes are heavily on his radar.
Friday, May 10
Johnathan Lloyd, who is a 3-star athlete, told Rivals (subscription required) that he does plan on visiting Miami at some point. Currently with 17 offers on the table, he says he doesn't have any favorites but visiting the Hurricanes is on the menu. According to the report, he hopes to play baseball as well and make his decision early in his senior year.
Keeon Virgile is a North Carolina transfer who currently plays his ball at Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau Community College. While the middle linebacker is looking to get back to the big boy level, Virgile is hoping he can call Miami his home, according to Rivals (subscription required).
"I love the campus. And everything about the football program I like. It's just smashmouth football there." Virgile said.
Virgile finished last season with 53 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception. He said that if Miami extends an offer, he would most likely commit.
Thursday, May 9
The Miami Hurricanes have offered JUCO defensive tackle Taylor Timmons a scholarship. His first Division I offer yet, Timmons played his high school ball at Tampa Catholic, and his father, Taylor Sr., played for the Hurricanes back in the '70s.
According to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (paid link), Timmons is excited about the offer:
I was pretty happy about the situation since my dad went there. So did my defensive line coach in high school and my defensive line coach now. I want to get down there and meet Coach Golden so we can get familiar with each other. I see how he’s been able to bring the program up.
Timmons played offensive line and defensive line in high school. He has decent size at 285 pounds and is terrific at clogging up running lanes. He has no other offers on the table right now, but Oklahoma State, Memphis and New Mexico have shown interest, according to the report.
Wide receiver Corey Holmes is in the process of trimming his lengthy list. Already visiting schools such as Syracuse, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Miami, the 4-star receiver has a good starting point. While he isn't giving many hints, Holmes does like Miami quite a bit, according to Jim Martz of Rivals (subscription required):
Miami, it's a team I'm still considering. Hopefully I can get back down there - I went down for the first day of spring practice, really liked that. It was cool watching on, it's really organized. I was watching what the wide receivers did; it was a good experience.
Holmes is teammates with Miami commitment Nick Linder and says he stays in touch with coach Mark D'Onofrio. Look for Miami to make the cut and continue to remain in the hunt for this explosive offensive player.
Juwon Young is another defensive player who recently received an offer from Miami and seems to have the program in the driver’s seat. According to Matt Shodell of Rivals, the 4-star outside linebacker says he has always wanted to play football in Florida and expects to visit in early June (subscription required):
"Miami is on top - coach Barrow, I've talked to him and he said he likes my style of play, my aggressiveness, change of direction, how I get to the ball across the field."
Young has seven offers on the table and says that North Carolina and Western Kentucky are tied for second behind Miami.
Dual-threat quarterback Malik Rosier was offered a scholarship by Miami on May 6, and he already has the program in the front of the pack. According to Rivals and Gary Ferman, the Alabama signal-caller couldn't be happier with this offer, as he has wanted to play for the Hurricanes since a young age (subscription required).
"I love Miami, just want to keep my options open," he said, adding of UM that "I love the tradition, the environment being around Miami fans. And I've always since a young age wanted to play for Miami."
Rosier also has offers from Northern Illinois, Southern Miss, Furman and Arkansas State, but he says there is a great chance he ends up in Miami. According to the report, he expects to visit with the Hurricanes in early June.
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