The Work 4-20
**Long time Miami commitment and high priority defensive back Josh Jobe 'shut down' his recruitment last night after a two and a half hour meeting with Canes coaches. I have that story here - https://www.canesinsight.com/articles/canes-recruiting/3604.
This is also a case where I believe Miami coaches learned from last cycle -- with Henderson and Edwards specifically. Coaches wanted to have a sit down meeting to ensure that all parties were on the same page.
Miami plans to continue their relentless pursuit of Jobe up until the day he signs, but from speaking to people on both Jobe's and UM's side, Jobe's statement last night was meant to send a message that he is truly locked in with this class.
**Miami will need some new blood at defensive tackle for the 2018 season and CanesInSight has learned that there is strong mutual interest between the nation's top JUCO DT Teair Tart-Spencer and the Hurricanes.
Tart-Spencer played last season at ASA college in Brooklyn, but transferred to East Mississippi C.C. this semester. Tart-Spencer is originally from Philadelphia and a source close to him described his recruitment as "wide-open" at this point.
To take it one step further, Tart-Spencer is working with coaches to set up an unofficial visit to Miami in the coming months and is also interested in taking an official visit. JUCO prospects generally take their time with the recruiting process so I'm not sure we will hear much on him right away, but this will be an interesting situation to follow. He also holds offers from Alabama, Ohio State, and more.
**Miami's chances with wide receiver Xavier Williams (Alabama commit) seemed to be fading a bit, but UM believes they had an extremely positive week with him.
There was a brief period of time that Williams was not showing face around campus and Canes coaches were beginning to think that he was signaling that his recruitment was over -- but Williams was at practice on Tuesday morning and sources who were there said that he showed a renewed interest in the Hurricanes. In a perfect world, Ron Dugans would like round out his receivers class with Williams as the fourth at the position. If you see him showing up around campus more often, that should be a sign that he is seriously considering a flip.
**Here is an example of how Miami's incredible start to the 2018 class is forcing prospects to lock up spots in the class before they lose their chance. Last night I spoke to Gateway HS defensive tackle Dennis Briggs, a top Canes defensive line target. Briggs was a visitor for practice on Tuesday and loved the opportunity to see Coach Kool work in person.
"Coach Richt told me they would be losing a couple people and that they need me badly and I'll have a chance to play hopefully right off the bat," Briggs said. "He's a super cool dude and isn't the type of coach just to yell for no reason."
The most interesting thing that I took from our conversation that was when I asked him about his plans for a commitment.
"I've been talking to my parents about it because the original plan was to wait until signing day, but the way this recruiting is going, it might have to be a little earlier," he said with a laugh.
Although he did not say it was Miami that he would be committing to for sure, it can be implied that his comments were referring to the Canes' recruiting start. He also said he doesn't have any other visits scheduled right now. I would peg him on the commitment watch.