Recruiting has slowed a bit since the start of Miami's camp. However, there are some top targets still out there that the coaching staff really needs to stay on top of.
With the 2013 recruiting class being selective to say the least, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington LB Matthew Thomas is a trending name despite very little being said on his behalf. He just finished debunking a rumor claiming that he was a silent commit to the Seminoles. With that being said, he named them as his leader and has had FSU consistently in his top two. This is not an easy get for Al Golden & Co. BTW has a 2013 defensive back (Michael Johnson) committed to Florida State already with several other elite prospects like 2013 OT Denver Kirkland and 2014 DE Chad Thomas favoring them. Current linebacker commits: 0
University School defensive tackle Marquedius Bain went to UMís Rising Senior Day and left there feeling good. After talking with a source close to him, Miami would be his choice if he committed right now. Bain, 6-foot-3 and 310-pounds, decommitted from FSU for a reason. His recruitment is far from over and nothing is final until National Signing Day in his case. Current D-Tackle commits: 1 (Keith Bryant)
Stacy Coley. Arguably the most talented wide receiver for 2013, Coley has been the topic of conversation lately. His coach said Miami is towards the top of his list, yet Coley is saying something different. The fact is, nobody is 100-percent sure whatís going on here. He's playing his recruitment close to the vest. During the Heath Evans 7-on-7 Tournament back in June, he named ďFlorida State, Florida Gators, Texas Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ole Miss and West VirginiaĒ as colleges he was interested in. Latest reports are that FSU is in good shape for his services, but with a head coach (Darnell Bennett) that played at UM, you canít count out the Canes. Current wide receiver commits: 0
Louisiana native Tim Williams (6'4/230) has tried to make it down to UM twice this summer but couldnít because of financial reasons. The Miami coaches need to stay on him and not let any other nearby programs jump in last minute. A four-star defensive end, Williams has small child and his family is pushing him to stay home because of that. There is increased interest on LSUís part lately and he lives only 8-minutes away from campus. If the Tigers push hard for him, thatís his likely destination. The Canes are in the best position outside of LSU. As LSUís class is filling up quickly and his love for Miami, things could workout in the Canes' favor.
Another standout prospect from the Booker T. Washington program is offensive lineman Denver Kirkland. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder could help shore up a Miami O-line for years to come. He will be a big-time player at the next level, but the coaches down in Coral Gables, Florida have their work cut out for them. Last time CaneInsider caught up with Kirkland, the Noles were recruiting him the hardest. Current offensive lineman commits: 1 (Alex Gall)
***Other uncommitted targets for 2013: Miramar LB Jermaine Grace, Boone RB AJ Turman, Port St. Lucie West DT Jaynard Bostwick, Immokalee CB Mackenzie Alexander, University School WR Jordan Cunningham