- Jun 12, 2012
**Although Miami has yet to publicly announce it, CanesInSight has learned that Paradise Camp has a set date in July, like last year. Mark Richt debuted the camp last year featuring a number of former Pro Canes in attendance and even coaching the camp. I'm hearing that the list of former pros will be even larger this year, in part because Miami has had them "save the date" for months in advance. CanesInSight will have complete coverage of the event.
**In team-related news, the freshman class of Summer A enrollees has received good early reviews from people within the program. Miami was pleased with the type of shape that they came in with as a whole, as reflected by the fact that everybody passed the initial conditioning test.
An example -- their first week at Miami, cornerback Trajan Bandy and Mike Harley were getting a sand pit workout in at 11 p.m., while still having team workouts at 5:30 a.m. All indications are that this is a tight-knit group.
I tweeted this out last week, but one guy who came in looking physically impressive was Zalon'tae Hillery. When Miami offered him at Paradise Camp last year, he was weighing around 265 pounds. He stepped on the scale at 306 his first week on campus and appears to be carrying the weight well. If he's able to adjust to the speed of the game, Hillery is a candidate to push for some playing time this season and at the least should be a pivotal member of Miami's projected youthful second team offensive line.
This last note is an important one. Kai-Leon Herbert was dealing with a shoulder injury during his senior season and had a minor procedure to fix it in the offseason. American Heritage offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach Travis Spiva told me in February that Herbert was doing lower body work almost exclusively, and limiting upper body stuff in accordance to the rehab plan. I exchanged messages with Spiva this morning and he had some good news for Canes fans -- Herbert was cleared as a "full go" in the weight room without any limitations just before he left for Miami a couple weeks ago. Spiva added that Herbert is keeping up with his rehab with the UM staff just to strengthen the shoulder, but there is no concern that this is something that will affect him long term. Like Hillery, he will push for playing time.
**An update on some of Miami's remaining receiver targets. I'd expect them to add one more in the class.
Xavier Williams - I would characterize Miami's chances here as 'decent'. That might not be what Canes fans want to hear, but I would say that recent reports of his commitment not being solid to Bama are a bit premature. The Canes are certainly in the game and Coach Dugans continues to plug away, but Miami is not expecting anything imminently with him.
Kevin Austin - Miami continues to keep tabs on Austin and some within the program are really high on his ability, but I wonder how long he is going to wait on the Canes to make him a top priority. With Clemson now in the picture along with other favorites such as Notre Dame and Duke, I'm not sure UM has much of a chance unless they really ratchet up the heat on him
Elijah Moore - I would expect to hear less of Moore's name associated with Miami as the cycle moves forward. As I've said a few times, the staff really think he's a good player, but they believe he is too similar in the mold of guys like Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley, while they've already taken a "smaller" receiver in Mark Pope in this class.
Warren Thompson - The writing is on the wall here and Miami has seen it for some time -- don't expect him in the class.
**You've gotta ride the waves.
One thing about this staff I've learned in the last year -- they are aware of nearly everything when it comes to their targets and commits. If one of their guys was truly shaky in their commitment, they would know. In the cases of Mark Pope and Josh Jobe for example, Miami knows where they stand with them, regardless of what is said on social media. Fans and "recruiting experts" might try and run with every little thing they see, whether it be an edit of another school or a tweet.
There's no denying that Pope's tweet was a peculiar one, but after checking with people close to the situation this is not something to worry about.
Coach Banda forecasted nearly this exact scenario during spring practice (55 second mark of the video below). The coaching staff is prepared for this ride.
**Evidence Njoku told me he is currently weighing 215 pounds. He enrolls at Miami the first week of July.