Here are a few of my thoughts as we are in the stretch run of the 2013 recruiting cycle
**As of right now, I don't know of anybody that is scheduled to make a visit to Miami this weekend. That could of course change and we will update if anybody makes the trip unexpectedly.
**January 18th will obviously be Miami's big visit weekend and this is the expected list thus far:
ATH Ray Lewis III
OL Alex Gall
DE Tim Williams
TE Standish Dobard
RB Alex Collins
S Jamal Carter
DB Artie Burns
QB Kevin Olsen
OL Denver Kirkland
DL Dee Liner
DT Keith Bryant
DT Jaynard Bostwick
One name missing from that list right now is Matthew Thomas. While he has not officially canceled his visit to USC for next weekend, I expect him to take his official to Miami along with teammate Denver Kirkland. This will be something we monitor throughout the week.
I've had a few people ask why Miami is setting up this big weekend for the 18th, rather than later in the process so that the 'Canes get the last crack at them. I would venture to say that the staff has set it up this way so that if something comes up where one of the prospects can't make the visit that weekend, they still have two weeks to reschedule it. There's no doubt that though that the coaches set this up strategically so that all the big names left on the board come on the same weekend.
**While Miami may not be hosting a group this weekend, many of the top targets will be visiting elsewhere. Denver Kirkland will be at USF, Keith Bryant will be at Florida State, and a trio of Matthew Thomas, Tim Williams, and Jaynard Bostwick will be at Alabama. The most worrisome visit for Miami out of these is Thomas' trip to 'Bama. The Booker T. Washington linebacker has always had the Crimson Tide up near the top of his list despite never visiting. I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a big move for Thomas and I'm told they are prepared to make a huge final push for him. Miami is still in very good shape with him, but this is just something to keep an eye.
**While Eddie Jackson is not a Miami target at the moment, it's going to be interesting to see what transpires from his visit to Florida State this weekend. The 'Noles offered a few weeks ago and he nearly committed. The reason this is a situation of interest for Miami fans is that Jackson is very close with 'Canes target Stacy Coley, who is high on Florida State as well. Jackson was offered by Alabama this week so it remains to be seen if that will affect his decision.
**On a positive note, Miami will hold its first junior day of 2013 this Sunday, which will include a tour of the campus, meeting with coaches, and the 8 o'clock basketball game against Maryland. It was on this day last year that Miami received commitments from Alex Collins, Keith Bryant, and Jayron Kearse, so it's not of the the question the Miami could receive a commitment. Obviously none of these are still committed to the 'Canes, but it is still a huge day nonetheless. You can find the expected visitor list here: http://canesinsight.com/showthread.p...list-(Jan-13th
. A name not on that list is Quinton Flowers from Jackson, but he told me today that he will be there. I exchanged messages with a coach at Homestead and it's also a possibility that Ermon Lane will be at the event as well. We will have complete coverage and updates of the event.