South Florida athletes Artie Burns and Jamal Carter are set to announce their college decisions this upcoming week. They are both considering Miami and if both commit, it could potentially wrap up the Canes' secondary in the 2013 class. With the release of the Yahoo!Sports article insinuating Al Golden in recruiting violations just days before their commitments, it may have an impact on their choices.
Cornerback Artie Burns plays for Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High School and will be making his decision Monday, July 23 at 3: 00 pm. He will be choosing out of Alabama (a school that he was once committed to earlier int he process), Miami, USC, Florida State and LSU. Chances are great that the national track star will pick Miami. He loves the Canes and there have been reports that he has wanted to be a Hurricane for some time.
Burns, 6’0 and 170-pounds, holds a national record in the 110m hurdles with a 13.63s. In an interview with CaneInsider.com, he said “LSU and Miami” are his dreams schools. He has built a great relationship with Miami linebackers coach Michael Barrow, defensive backs coach Paul Williams and head coach Al Golden saying that they are “fun to be around.”
Jamal Carter, a 6’1, 175-pound safety from Miami (Fla.) Southridge High, is more of an interesting case because of his suspected grade issues. However, the latest is he is improving his grades and they shouldn't be a problem. He has been a longtime fan of Miami, stating in interview after interview his love for the Canes. He holds over 20 offers, including top programs such as Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss and Ohio State. The Canes are a front runner for this athlete going into this week.
Pending violations, a devastating ill-timed Yahoo article and many other college options aside, Miami is in great shape for both of these young talents. In fact, many Hurricane fans wonder why they haven’t already committed. This week has the potential to add back some momentum in Miami’s recruiting efforts.