Weekly Recruiting Wrap 5/4
--Tampa (Fla.) Wharton pro-style quarterback Chase Litton was visited by UM offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch this past week. Litton has off the field issues that involve an arrest due to burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. This is most likely the main reason colleges haven’t jumped on board with this young 6'6, 200-pound talent. In a recent interview, he told Bright House Sports Network that his final court date is May 15th where he is expecting all of the charges to be dropped. That is going to help his recruitment out a lot. We will follow his recruitment closely as he is a top prospect for 2014 and a Miami target.
--2013 Orlando (Fla.) Jones athlete Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield has been picking up steam with his recruitment. FSU, Clemson, West Virginia, UCF, Purdue, Tennessee and South Carolina have offered him since his de-commitment from the ‘Canes. That offer list should tell you the level of player he is despite the knock about his size. His speed is truly elite, an often over used word, but not in this case. Whitfield said that he stays in contact with the Miami coaches and they still want him. They basically told him to have fun with the recruiting process and then come back home. His interest hasn’t changed in The U. He is still a fan and obviously likes what they have to offer. Whitfield won states in track at both the 100m and 200m.
On what the Miami coaches are telling him: “They told me to enjoy the process, but at the end of the day they want me back.”
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--CaneInsider.com caught up with current Miami athlete commit Jayron Kearse. The wide receiver prospect shared some enlightened information in terms of what he is hearing about the potential sanctions that Miami is facing. “I recently heard that with the sanctions they will get penalized this year and it won’t be that bad,” Kearse said. “So, that isn’t really a concern anymore.” That is great news for any Kearse fans because UM sanctions were one of his main concerns, and he named that as the only reason he would de-commit from ‘Canes. Also, he is still working at wide out, so he feels pretty confident that he will get ATLEAST a chance to play there. A lot of people have him pegged at other positions, but nothing is set in stone. Kids often times play different positions than people expect once they get to the next level.
On where he stands with Miami and his commitment: “I am very solid right now.”
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--It is never too early to be looking at potential prospects, especially at the quarterback position. Miami is taking that same approach with St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall pro-style QB Ricardo Johnson lll. He visited the ‘Canes recently on his own dime, and really liked everything he saw and heard. It also helps that his former high school teammate Seantrel Henderson plays on the O-line at Miami. While down in Coral Gables, he had a chance to catch up with Miami starting quarterback Stephen Morris. Morris filled him in on how good the coaching staff is and it set well with Johnson. Still, he has Cal-Berkeley and Michigan up there neck-and-neck with the ‘Canes. It is very early, but this kid can play. On his JV team last season (at Derham Hall sophomores can’t start on varsity), Johnson posted very impressive production numbers. He threw for 2,137 yards, 27 touchdowns and only 2 picks. What could be even more impressive than those numbers is that his completion percentage was at 84 percent. That kind of accuracy, even throwing against air, is amazing.
On the Miami coaching staff: “I was talking to the coaches and they told me that they don’t need hundreds of millions in facilities. All they need is two acres and a football. That really resonated well with me.”
On where UM stands at the moment: “I wouldn’t say I have a top three, but if I did Miami would be up there.”
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--TE Mike Heuerman committed to Notre Dame, that’s old news now. What is new is who the ‘Canes are going to go after now that their top target is heading somewhere else. Here are a few names to look out for. DeSean Smith, a very talented Louisiana native who is a play-maker. He has a boat load of offers from top colleges like LSU, Auburn and Alabama, but Smith was quoted talking about how much he likes the ‘Canes. It would be a battle, but Miami is definitely in the fight if they want to pluck another one out of the Bayou.
Another name to remember is Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit wide receiver TJ Johnson. The kid can flat out play. Miami coaches told him that he would be used, at first, as a Tommy Streeter type weapon. If that didn’t work out, he would then be moved to tight end, most likely. For Miami fans, that would be something to get very excited about. Johnson has great hands and has the frame (6’3/230) to become a pass-catching weapon that Miami has been missing. He is elusively fast for his size and can create space to make a play. After watching him two weeks ago at the NFTC, one couldn’t help but be impressed.
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--Mike Love, defensive end from Clearwater (Fla.) Countryside, has Miami in his top three right now. The 6’4 and 215-pound prospect likes the ‘Canes, but doesn’t hold an offer. During the spring he visited their practice and had a chance to talk with Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe. "[Coach Kehoe] is crazy. He has been around there for a while too.” Love’s high school teammate Gray Crow is a freshman quarterback for Miami. He will be attending the Al Golden Football Camp to earn a scholarship this summer.
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