A look at what happened over the last week in Hurricane recruiting.
--Offensive lineman and rising senior Jordan Budwig (6’4/320) is still waiting on a call from OL coach Art Kehoe after winning OL MVP at the Al Golden Football Camp in June. The Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School product likes Miami, but will move on if he has to. Right now, Florida State is recruiting him the hardest and he doesn’t have a time table for a commitment.
On waiting for Miami to contact him: “I talked to Art Kehoe (Miami offensive line coach) at the camp and I asked him if they will be in contact and he said without a doubt, but he never told me to call him or contacted me through my coach.”
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--Ryan Switzer, 2013 running back from Charleston (WV) George Washington High School, attended Nike’s The Opening last week. Switzer earned his fourth star and is one of the most versatile athletes out there. The 5’10, 170-pounder at one point was considering the Canes, but is currently committed to North Carolina. It will be hard to peel him away from the Tar Heels, but not impossible.
--Cape Coral (Fla.) Island Coast speedster TJ Johnson holds offers from Miami, West Virginia, Arizona, Notre Dame, USF, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Maryland. At 5’7, 155-pounds he was thought to be the replacement for former commitment Levonte “Kermit” Whitfield. He hasn't heard from Miami in a while and doesn’t seem to be focused on the recruiting process as much as his upcoming season.
On his contact with the Hurricanes: “No, I haven’t talked to them at all.”
On a leader: “I have no interest in anyone, it’s all the same.”
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--Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington HS defensive end Chad Thomas told CaneInsider.com that FSU and Miami are his top two. That was just a few days before he went up and camped in Tallahassee, Florida. He has a great relationship with linebackers coach Michael Barrow and even looks at him as an uncle. Interestingly enough, he goes to a music school and that will play a role in his decision.
On UM recruiting him: “UM has been coming at me hard,” Thomas said. “Coach (Michael) Barrow that is the [coach] I speak to a lot. He has been telling me that I am the person they are looking for and telling me stuff to work on during the summer. He is making want to stay home a lot.”
On naming his top two: “My top two are Florida State and Miami.”
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--2013 OL commit Alex Gall (Cincinnati (OH) Moeller) has been doing recruiting on behalf of the Canes trying to add to this year’s class. The 6’5, 300-pound lineman is 100 percent committed and is not even entertaining the idea of another college.
On which UM coaches he stays in contact with: “Usually Coach (Art) Kehoe and Coach (Brennan) Carroll,” Gall said of the coaches he talks with the most. “Occasionally I talk to Coach (Al) Golden. I usually just give Coach Kehoe a call because he is my position coach. He tells me every time how excited he is [that I’m committed].”
On the level of his commitment: "There were a few that were but I told them I was 100 percent committed and I wasn't taking any visits.”
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--Tight end and 2013 Miami commitment Jeremy Kerr said that he is not opposed to playing tackle, but likes the fact that Miami is giving him a legitimate shot at tight end. He knows he will be mostly blocking, but said that he can also catch. His 6’5, 252-pound size has many wondering where he will end up. Coach Brennan Carroll, Miami’s TE coach, told him that he would love to have a 300-pound tight end. So, size may not be a determinate on whether or not he stays at TE.
On his relationship with the Miami coaching staff: “The communication part hasn’t stopped,” Kerr said. “I get letters and stuff every day. They check in with me. We keep in touch and they see how I am doing. I think I have a good relationship with all of them. Coach (Art) Kehoe is my area recruiter. Coach (Brennan) Carroll, we get along real well. I talk to Coach (Al) Golden a lot and I am excited to play under him.”
On his future position as a Cane: “Some colleges talked to me about being at left tackle, which I am okay with. Miami is going to give me a true shot at tight end. I truly believe I will stay at tight end there because they use big tight ends.”
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-Torrodney Prevot, a 2013 DE from Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor High School, camped at LSU. If he commits, it could mean trouble for 2013 DE Tim Williams in the sense that LSU would run out of room for him. This would help Miami’s chances immensely and it could set the Canes up for an even better recruiting class. Williams, 6’4 and 230-pounds, is considering LSU, Miami, UF, USC and Alabama.
--According to Jimmy D Smith, Alabama commit Landon Collins has a younger brother (2014) named Gerald Willis that, like Collins, grew up a big Miami fan. While he is considered an Alabama lean, if he decides to go elsewhere Miami would have a legitimate shot at a great athlete. Willis (6’3/260) plays DE for New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr High School. He holds an offer from the Canes, but Miami needs to continue to recruit him hard.
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--UM recruiting notes 7/19